5 Self Care Routine To Remove Scalp Build-up

It is really fun to run your fingers through your hair or let someone else do it. But the experience can become bitter and even a little embarrassing if the fingers find layers of unwanted build-up instead of a fresh and clear scalp. But, this is a temporary problem, and the thing about such issues is that they can be solved with just a few initiatives from your side! 

Scalp build-up is easy to prevent and easier to get rid of unless the symptoms are out of the common. This exclusive article answers all the questions you had, have or could have had about scalp build-up. Read on to get started on your journey to achieve an ideal scalp! 

The basic definition of scalp build-up

Many people confuse scalp build-up with dandruff (seborrheic dermatitis) which looks like dead skin flakes in the hair. Flaking of skin in the scalp is not an extraordinary condition and affects almost every person at least once in their lifetime.  But, it is always better to give yourself the benefit of doubt and check if you have any other skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema, or scalp build-up because they require a different approach than the treatment of dandruff.

Scalp build-up can be caused due to the build-up of hair-care products (shampoos, conditioners, hair styling products), skin cells, sweat, and/or oils (sebum) in the hair making the affected skin red and itchy. This accumulation can result in symptoms like those of dandruff where flaky skin is caused by inflammation of the scalp instead of build-up. 

Why is it essential to remove scalp build-up?

Scalp build-up, if left untreated, can cause hair fall and a condition called folliculitis. Folliculitis is a condition caused when the hair follicles get clogged due to dead skin cells, sweat, and oil. 


Scalp Build-Up

It is a very uncomfortable situation which can lead to inflammation of hair follicles, infections, and crusty sores on the scalp which do not heal easily. It can even lead to permanent hair loss and scarring of the scalp. 

These reasons are grave enough to get you thinking about how you can remove scalp build-up fast and efficiently, bringing us to our next segment!

Also, read- Simple and effective tips to reduce hair loss

How to get rid of scalp build-up?

There are both market-bought and natural products that can help you clarify your skin. Let us look at all the remedies one by one.

1.Find shampoo and conditioner that are the most compatible with your hair

Thanks to the rapid advancement, there is a suitable hair-product from every hair type. The multitude of hair-products available out there is not just for the sake of variety. It is because all hair types need specific care. 

Choosing the right shampoo can help to minimize scalp build-up. There are shampoos made for average hair, dry and damaged hair, oily hair, deep-cleaning of hair and scalp, baby hair, and medicinal shampoos for medical conditions. 

  • If you have oily hair, look for a shampoo that has ingredients like lauryl sulfates or sulfosuccinates. These ingredients help in removing oil and sebum build-up. 
  • If you average to dry hair, look for a shampoo with ingredients like Laureth sulfates as they target sebum build-up as well. 
  • If you dry to damaged hair, shampoos with ingredients like sarcosinates, ammonioesters, alkanolamides, sodium lauraminopropinate, ivy agave, and silicone may work best for you as they get rid of extra sebum without drying out the hair. 
  • If you have sensitive skin and scalp, avoid shampoos with ingredients like parabens and formalin. 

2.Using these tips and tricks for every head wash 

  • Do not use too much shampoo on your hair. You can avoid using an excess of the product by thoroughly rinsing your hair with water before shampooing them. 
  • Maxing a small amount of water to your shampoo can help to lather better and spread throughout the scalp proportionately.  
  • Use lukewarm water for washing your hair instead of too hot and too cold. This can help the clogged pores open up, making the absorption of shampoo and removing dirt easier. 
  • Use significantly less amount of shampoo on your hair ends and focus on the scalp instead. The main problem lies within the scalp area, and concentrating on it can effectively remove unwanted build-up. 
  • No matter how much it itches, do not scrub and scratch your scalp with nails as it can cause injuries and uncomfortable and painful sores. Gently rub the shampoo on your hair with fingers and palms and massage from roots till the ends. 
  • Usually, a significant amount of moisture and oil is produced in the scalp, so you do not need to moisturize it by applying extra conditioner. Applying conditioner on the scalp can cause build-up and make matters worse. Instead, apply it on your hair ends and prevent them from drying out. 
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3.Apple cider vinegar 

There is enough scientific evidence on the anti-bacterial properties of apple cider vinegar and its health benefits. However, there is not much research conducted on the effects of apple cider vinegar on folliculitis or reducing all the scalp build-up. 

Since apple cider vinegar does not have any harmful side-effects, you can mix it with water and rinse your hair with it. It may kill the bacteria and relieve the symptoms of build-up. 

4.Home-made scrubs

  • Make a brown sugar and oatmeal scrub two parts of brown sugar with equal parts of hair conditioner and oatmeal. Apply this scrub as a conditioner after shampooing and rinse thoroughly. 
  • Make an aspirin scrub by mixing six aspirins in four tablespoons of warm water. Aspirin acts as an excellent scrub because of the presence of salicylic acid in it. Apply this mixture on your hair after shampooing and rinse thoroughly. 

Exfoliating your scalp is a great way to get rid of scalp build-up and dead skin cells. Repeat this process at least once a week for a healthy scalp. 

5.Detangling your hair regularly

Scalp Build-Up

Detangling your hair can help to break-up scalp build-up and distribute the oil in scalp throughout the hair. Brushing the hair regularly can even prevent the scalp build-up and keep the hair tangle-free. You can use a hair-serum on hair ends if you are finding it tough to detangle your hair. 


Prevention is always better than cure. Make sure to maintain a healthy hair care routine, limit the use of styling products, wash your hair after any activity that makes you sweat, and try not to use harsh products on your hair.

We hope we helped you gain an insight into this daunting but temporary condition. We will not take more of your time now so that you can get started on getting rid of that scalp-build as soon as possible but, also cannot wait to have you back soon!

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