How to effectively rid yourself of annoying scalp build-up

We all know about that annoying scalp build-up around our roots that shortens the lifespan of our ‘do.

There’s nothing worse then having freshly washed hair that makes us feel like a million bucks ruined by product build-up. If you don’t use the right products, you can start to see white build-up at the roots that feels and looks like dandruff, as well as a greasier turn-around. Here’s a few products that should help you cleanse your scalp for softer, healthier, and more voluminous roots.

Herbal Essences Detox Black Charcoal Collection

We use clay-based masks to rid ourselves of congested pores and excess oil, so why not do the same for our scalp? The new Herbal Essences Bio: Renew Detox Black Charcoal Shampoo ($5.99) & White Charcoal Conditioner ($5.99) will draw out and cleanse away any build-up or particles that cause your hair to feel greasy. The formula is pH-balanced so it won’t disrupt your natural acid mantle (that can always lead to more problems) and is infused with soothing ingredients like cocoa, lavender, and aloe. There is charcoal powder in these products, which can be drying, so we recommend applying it only to your roots as a cleansing treatment.

Dove Scalp Care Anti-Dandruff Collection

Another ph-balanced hair collection, the Dove Scalp Care Anti-Dandruff Shampoo ($6.68) and Conditioner has a more traditional approach to eliminating build-up and flaking. The formula is infused with Pyrithione Zinc, which might sound familiar if you’ve been using anti-dandruff products for a while. It has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties, which can easily be the source of some scalp irritation. It’s gentle enough to be used daily and long-term!

The Body Shop Ginger Scalp Care

The Body Shop’s Ginger Scalp Care Shampoo ($11.00) is probably the most iconic and popular piece from TBS. We test out everything we write about, but we’ve been using the Ginger Scalp Shampoo for over 5 years with no plans on moving on. It is truly, one of the most effective anti-buildup and anti-grease product on the market; however, we rounded-up a list with various products because build-up and dandruff can have multiple sources. This shampoo is great if it’s true product build-up—from hair spray, dry shampoo, hair oils, etc… versus dandruff due to a bacterial or fungal source (pyrithione zinc is more effective in that department). The blend of ginger essential oil, birch bark, and white willow extract will refresh and rejuvenate your scalp like no other!

Schwarzkopf Root Retoucher Temporary Cover Spray

Nothing irritates the scalp more than excessive dye-jobs and the constant use of chemicals creates a vicious cycle of irritation that only leads to dandruff, inflammation, and weak roots. But! We understand you gotta cover-up those roots or grays, so why not reach for the Schwarzkopf Root Retoucher Temporary Cover Spray ($12.47) to extend the time between your next coloring appointment. This is the most effective cover spray we’ve come across–the microfine mineral mist is pigmented and fast-drying, so you can easily apply it in the AM right before heading out the door. Most importantly, it doesn’t make your hair feel weird or crispy, as do most cover sprays.

Design.Me Volumizing Puff Me Collection

Skip any texturizing spray that might cause build-up and go for the The Puff.ME Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner duo (both $22). Nourishing and weightless, the formula allows you to skip any added products post-shower, so you can enjoy voluminous roots and a calmer scalp. It also has anti-frizz technology, so a total added bonus! Scalp care always begins in the shower and this Design.Me duo will get the job done.

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