If you have an itchy scalp, build-up could also be the reason.
Here are five things you can do to stop product from building up on your hair:
1. Watch the grease!
You don't need to grease your scalp to prevent dryness. Massage it with a good quality vegetable oil every other day to stimulate growth.
If you're using an oil that isn't too thick and dense, e.g. coconut oil or jojoba even a daily scalp massage with a little oil won't clog the scalp up.
2. Avoid petrolatums
Avoid petrolatum-based products; anything that has the texture of vaseline is too heavy and contains too much petrolatum. Vegetable butters and oils will do much more for you in the long-run.
3. Wash regularly
Wash your hair at least weekly. This also helps to keep your hair softer. Personally, I think once every two weeks is not often enough although I have to admit I do sometimes get lazy and get to that point.
4. Don't go no-poo
Shampoo is necessary to get rid of dirt, old oils and build-up. Like it or not, even good ingredients like oils and butters will build up over time and you can't wash those out with a conditioner or with water only. Just get a good quality, mild shampoo.
5. Keep it simple
You don't have to use every product under the sun on your hair and especially not all at once. Get to the point where your dresser only has a max of 6 bottles for hair:
- A simple shampoo,
- A detangler,
- A conditioner,
- A moisturizer,
- An oil blend,
- A whipped butter.
Have I missed anything? Feel free to chime in.