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Unique Tips to Remove Hairspray Buildup That Ruins Your Tresses

Tips to Remove Hairspray Buildup
Hairspray buildup can mess with your natural hair texture and make it look horrible! Hence, it is important that you get rid of it from time to time.
Priyanka Kosta Sonkushre
Last Updated: Mar 19, 2018
Hair sprays are cosmetic products often used by hair stylists and women to give a particular look to hair. These sprays work by making the hair stiff so that, it remains in the set style for a long period of time. Several chemical constituents are used to achieve this. Chemicals like polyvinylpyrrolidone and polydimethylsiloxane are incorporated in the product to hold the hair for long. Solvents like alcohols and hydrocarbons are used as propellants along with many other chemicals. Imagine your hair being exposed to such strong chemicals every now and then. It is therefore important to make sure that such chemicals are removed from hair once their job is done.
Hairspray Buildup Removal
Baking Soda
Baking soda
The best way to get rid of hairspray buildup is to use baking soda. Take required quantity of shampoo in a bowl and add one tablespoon of baking soda to it. Mix the ingredients thoroughly to obtain a smooth paste. Apply the mixture using a comb such that, the mixture covers your hair entirely. Leave it for 15 minutes and then shampoo your hair. It is better to shampoo your hair twice for proper removal of baking soda. You can make this activity as a routine for your weekends to protect your hair from spray buildup.
Clarifying Shampoo
Clarifying shampoo
You can also buy a clarifying shampoo suitable for your hair type from the market. These shampoos are better than regular ones in washing out impurities and chemical deposition from your hair. You can try a citrus-based shampoo to avail its benefits for your hair.
Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar can also be used to naturally remove chemical buildup from hair. Make a mixture of 1 cup water and 1 cup vinegar in a bowl. Rinse your hair first, then apply this mixture all over your hair and let it sit for sometime. Rinse well, so that the mixture is completely washed out and do not worry about vinegar's smell as it goes off by rinsing.
Epsom Salt
Epsom salts
You can also make use of Epsom salt to get rid of the buildup. To one gallon of distilled water, add one cup Epsom salt and one cup lemon juice and set it aside for one day. The next day you can use this mixture to wet your hair, leave it for some time and shampoo as usual to clear the buildup.
Warm Water
Warm water
Lukewarm water is capable of removing excess buildup. You can take some time out of your busy schedule and make it a point to rinse your hair with lukewarm water everyday, so that you regularly ward off the chemical deposition from your hair. Ensure not to use hot water for rinsing because it can cause further damage.
Washing Process
Woman washing her hair
I know, the 2 step process of washing hair is old-fashioned and time-consuming because of which, many women now prefer to use 2 in 1 shampoos containing cleansing and conditioning agents. But remember, old ways are mostly right ways of doing things. So, if you care about your hair, do not hesitate to put in that extra effort.
Few Tips
  • Always apply a hairspray from a distance of 15 cm.
  • If you prefer waxes for styling your hair, make sure you use a water-soluble wax so that it can be easily washed off.
  • Use sprays of renowned brands to be sure that the ingredients used are not cheap and harmful.
  • Wash your hair everyday with a mild shampoo to prevent the buildup.
  • Comb your hair carefully to avoid excessive breakage because hair becomes difficult to comb after hairspray application.
To safeguard your hair from harmful effects of strong chemicals you can use sea salt spray for styling. It is a spray containing natural ingredients which hardly have any side effects and can be easily made at home. If you do not have the time to make your own spray, pick a spray from the market which is safe and effective. Use these handy tips to get back your lustrous hair and be stylish!