Whenever we have experience with flaking, we assume that it is dandruff or that we simply have problems with dry skin. But there is a difference between dandruff and yellow build up. The main difference is the cause of the formatting of these two scalp conditions. Dandruff is caused by overproducing of sebum, and sometimes it really may have a yellowish color.
On the other hand, scalp build-up symptoms are pretty easy to spot on and much more unpleasant and harder to get rid of. But there is no need to worry. If you notice yellow build-up, but there is not much of a flaking, then it is a good chance that you have a problem with scalp build-up. It is likely that this has happened due to your everyday hair routine.
Many of hair products that we use these days have a long list of chemicals, from strong fragrances to artificial colors. And we all know what chemicals can do to our sensitive head skin. Yellow scalp build-up is just one among many difficulties that you will be experiencing if you have this problem.
You will also notice that your hair looks flat, oily, dirty and lifeless even just a couple of hours after you have washed it and let’s face it, it sucks! Head itching, and chunks of dead skin in your hair, and all over your clothes can be really unattractive. You will also find that it can be pretty difficult to even style it. It can get itchy and give you unpleasant feeling on your scalp.
How To Get Rid Of Scalp Build Up
We all, in some point of life, had a bad experience with a scalp build-up. In order, to get rid off it, once and for all, we first need to find out, why scalp build-up shows up, in the first place.
If you tend to use dry shampoo on a regular basis or love to treat your hair with too many products, then, you, my friend are in a risk group of people who can suffer from scalp build-up.
Scalp build-up can make your hair look messy.
But, no need to worry. It is a completely normal condition, and relatively easy to cure. Since we all have different hair and skin types, in some cases this ”normal” mixture of oil, dead cells and sweet, can make a pretty mess.
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Here are some useful tips on how to get rid of yellow buildup on scalp.
1.Apple cider vinegar
We all know that Apple cider vinegar is so useful for losing weight, lower blood sugar, treating acne, but it can also do a miracle on your scalp build-up. It is a cheap way to get rid of those nasty chunks of skin, and all you need is, half cup of water and a half cup of ACV. And voila! After you have finished your regular hair rutin, massage a mixture of these two ingredients into your scalp and leave it there for about 5 minutes. After that rinse it of with cold water.
Whether is it face or scalp, we need to exfoliate away all the dead skin and cells, that makes us feel less attractive. There are tons of ways and variations that we can make our own scrub. Play with ingredients from your kitchen and make awesome scrubs for your body and scalp without fear that you will be exposed to nasty chemicals, that you can find in all those expensive scrubs. So without furder a due, here are few extra scalp scrubs that you can make on your own.
For making our homemade scalp scrub we’ll need:
- 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil.
- Half a cup of sea salt.
- Lemon juice ( half of a lemon ).
Massage it into your scalp area. Make sure you get every part of your scalp area and live it to sit there for about 30 minutes. After half an hour, wash it off with your regular shampoo and warm water.
Scalp scrub with cornmeal
You will need:
- Clarifying shampoo.
- Cornmeal or crushed almonds.
- Any essential oil you like.
Mix half of small cup of clarifying shampoo with 1 spoon of cornmeal or crushed almonds and add few drops of essential oil. Massage it gently into your scalp and wash away with warm water. You can use this treatment once a week.
Scrub with brown sugar
You will need:
- 1 spoon of organic brown sugar.
- Half a small cup of olive oil.
- Half a cup of your favorite conditioner.
Combine ingredients, and massage your scrub with fingertips into your scalp and hair.
This method will help you get rid of scalp build-up, ungrease your hair and lift your roots. You will add extra volume to your hair and it won’t look lifeless anymore. thanks to this amazing scalp scrub.
3. A trick with baking soda
Baking soda is a great way to get rid of scald build-up at home. Dilute 2 tablespoons of baking soda in 1 cup of warm water. Once you have shampooed your hair, pour the baking soda mixture on your head and massage it. Live it on for 5 minutes then wash it off with warm water. You can condition your hair after as a finishing step.
Because it helps balance Ph of your scalp it can even make your hair faster grow faster and stronger.
4. Keep your hair fresh and neat
By preventing knots and tangles you will keep scalp build-up away. Tangles make some sort of hooks and nests for dirt, which further leads to scalp build-up. Brush your hair few times a day and keep it as smooth as possible. Make sure to put your hair in a braid before you go to sleep, that way you will be sure that your hair won’t mess up during your sleep.
Tip number one: Don’t use brush every time you brush your hair because it can damage and rip your hair. Instead, use your finger and gently to thru your hair. It will help you get rid of most of the knots.
Tip number two: Don’t ever brush your hair while it’s still wet. This will rip all those sensitive baby hair and it will surely damage it.
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5. Clarifying shampoo
Maybe the most effective way to get rid of scalp build-up is by using a clarifying shampoo. These type of shampoos helps you remove greasiness from your hair and keeps your roots oil-free so that hair looks and feels clean. Make clarifying shampoo your hair routine for once or twice per week, and you will see improvement after a couple of uses.
If you want to make your own detox solution you can, with just a few ingredients.
What you’ll need:
- 1 tablespoon of baking soda.
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
- Half a tablespoon of cinnamon.
Mix your magical ingredients together in small jar or bottle and massage it into your scalp. Let it rest for 15 minutes, after you may wash your hair.
Make this your hair care routine and you will see improvement after an only couple of uses.
6. Use as much natural product as you can
It is always the best choice to turn to nature, even when it comes to hair care. Shampoos and products that you use in your daily hair care routine can be full of parabens and sulfates which can be pretty harmful to your skin and scalp. Nowadays, more and more people switch their expensive shampoos with more natural ones. You can even make your own with using just things you can find in your refrigerator. Like eggs, coconut oil, olive oil, lemon etc. Make sure products you use are organic.
What you’ll need:
- Coconut milk (The best would be if you could make your own homemade coconut milk, but you can use the one from the store as well)
- Liquid soap
- Essential oil (you can use whichever you like the best)
- Distill water
- Old shampoo bottle (empty)
Ingredient you will need:
- Half a cup of coconut milk.
- Half a cup of liquid soap.
- 25 drops of any essential oil that you have chosen.
( If you have dry scalp use one tablespoon of olive oil or almond oil )
- Now, that we have everything we need, let’s make our natural, homemade, chemical free shampoo.
- Mix all your ingredients in an old bottle of shampoo or jar or any container with a pump.
- Add half of a cup of distilled water.
- Shake well.
- You can use it for about a month.
- Shake every time before you use it.
- Use hand full of your homemade shampoo each time you wash your hair.
Extra tip: If your hair loss that natural shine, use 50:50 mixture of apple cider vinegar and water and rinse it with it.
And for the end. Having scalp build-up can be pretty unpleasant, but it is not the end of the world. We gave you few simple tips to help you get rid of it and prevent it’s appearing once again.