Any stubborn greases, waxes and gels that are hard to wash off your hair and scalp are referred to as "product buildup".
Weaker sulfate-free shampoos will tend not to get rid of such product build up; they are too gentle.
What's wrong with product build up on natural hair?
Hair growth is at its best when the scalp is clean. Lots of product build up means the scalp is clogged up and not breathing properly.
How do you know if you have build up?
You strands feel particularly, heavy, weighed down or too oil. When you scratch your scalp you have dirt under your nail. Sometimes, I'll wash my hair, especially when I'm in braids and I'll have lifted some "white stuff" so it's visible but it doesn't wash off. This occurs because I've been oiling the scalp daily so there is layer upon layer of dirt and I need something a little stronger than my sulfate-free shampoo to get rid of that build up.
So how can you get rid of buildup?
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