How to Treat Scalp Build-Up

Q.) What do you recommend for treating scalp build-up?

A.) There are several potential causes when your scalp feels like it has build-up, or if you feel that your shampoo has "stopped working." 

Besides the obvious culprits like styling product residue, one common reason is when the water in your shower is quite "hard," as in mineralized with positively charged calcium and magnesium ions. The chemical reaction between hard water and the mild surfactants in your shampoo can lead to shampooing feeling less effective. This issue can be solved by installing a water-purifying showerhead or a water softener attachment to your showerhead. 

If you are looking for a topical clarifying treatment to apply to your scalp, please consider the following: Apply either several drops of Daily Acid Toner directly to your scalp, or dilute a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in 8-12 ounces of water and drip it onto your scalp. Massage the liquid into your scalp with your fingertips, let it sit for 15 minutes, then rinse it out and shampoo. Doing this regularly once a week can be fantastic in restoring the pH balance of your scalp and removing any buildup. 

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