Remove Product Buildup From Hair DIY

Last Updated on January 19, 2023 by Ellen Christian

Have you ever tried to remove product buildup? Learn how to remove hair product build up with this simple at home clarifying rinse.

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Easy Two Ingredient Rinse to Remove Product Buildup From Hair


Remove Product Buildup From Hair

Last time I visited the salon, I decided that my hairstyle made me look old. I’ve had the same style for years and after flipping through a fashion magazine decided that I wanted to do something different but not too different. We decided to go with a sort of messy bob that the stylist assured me I could do at home with the help of hair gel.

I tried. I really did. In my defense, I have very fine, thin hair that doesn’t cooperate. I had a few successful days where it didn’t look that bad but most of the time

I think I looked like I stuck my finger in a light socket or stuck my head in front of a fan. It just wasn’t me even with the help of a lot of hair gel.

What it did result in was a lot of hair gel that my shampoo wasn’t removing. My hair just didn’t feel right. It cooperated less than normal, and it lost the usual, healthy shine it has.  

I realized that the gel I was using wasn’t being removed completely from my hair by my shampoo.

Two Ingredient Rinse to Remove Product Buildup From Hair

Vinegar hair rinse

Vinegar is great for cleaning so I decided to try it on my hair to see if it would help remove product buildup. I filled a Mason jar about 3/4 full and added about 1/4 cup of white vinegar.

After washing my hair with shampoo, I slowly poured the vinegar water over my hair and ran my fingers through it. I then rinsed with warm water and conditioned as normal.

It took two days of rinsing with warm vinegar and water but it did remove all the product build up from my hair.  My hair now feels soft and shiny and cooperates the way it used to.

Clarifying shampoos

Sure, I could have purchased a clarifying shampoo and had it done the same thing but this was much less expensive.

Two Ingredient Rinse to Remove Product Buildup From Hair

If you have dyed or highlighted hair, be aware that using this too much can remove the color from your hair. If you have blonde or light brown hair, it probably won’t matter because vinegar lightens your hair but if you dye it a darker color, be aware of that.

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6 thoughts on “Remove Product Buildup From Hair DIY”

  1. My wife uses vinegar every time she shampoos. She loves how soft and manageable it has made her hair. I tried it once because I use gel in my hair daily ,but I just could not stand the smell. It did make my hair soft .

  2. Yep I use vinegar with most everything and keep a spray bottle of vinegar in the kitchen. I like the smell! Long and straight has been my hair style forever, sometimes braiding or a ponytail but I don’t worry that it will go out of style. Maybe when I’m in my 60s or 70s I’ll cut it but I doubt it!

  3. I have never tried vinegar on my hair for build-up removal, but I will be trying it. I love that it’s a natural way to care for hair. 


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