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How Redheads Can Correctly Clean Scalp Buildup 

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Redheads often have fair and sensitive skin, making their scalps more prone to sunburn and irritation. Proper scalp care helps protect against these issues and maintains overall hair health. Caring for your scalp is the best way to ensure your red hair is healthy and thriving. Cleaning your scalp will reduce buildup and can help to improve scalp and hair health, reduce dandruff, reduce oils, extend the days between hair washes and so much more! Here’s how to correctly clean scalp buildup in your red hair:

1. Detox the hair using a clarifying shampoo.

Clarifying shampoos contain stronger cleansing agents that effectively remove product residue, minerals, and excess oils. However, they can be drying, so use them sparingly, typically once a month or as needed. Thorough rinsing is crucial to remove all traces of shampoo. Any leftover residue can contribute to buildup and may affect the overall health of your scalp and hair.

We love Oribe The Cleanse Clarifying Shampoo. It helps to purify hair and scalp without stripping their essence. Volcanic ash powers this detoxifying mousse, which polishes away dirt, oil, and product buildup.

Oribe The Cleanse Clarifying Shampoo: $49

2. Try an ACV rinse to purify the scalp.

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) helps balance the pH of the scalp and hair. It is great for cleansing the scalp and reducing oil and product build-up. It can also relieve itch and dandruff as well give you great shine. You can try a DIY (linking to an old article on an ACV DIY) or try this product: dpHUE Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse.  

dpHUE Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse: $37

3. Exfoliate your scalp!

You exfoliate your facial skin but how about your scalp? Your scalp is skin and regular exfoliating will help to keep it healthy and happy. Scalp scrubs contain tiny particles that physically exfoliate the scalp, removing dead skin cells and debris. This enhances the effectiveness of your cleansing routine and promotes a healthier scalp. When it comes to scalp exfoliating products, we love Briogeo Scalp Revival Exfoliator Charcoal Shampoo and Oribe Serene Scalp Exfoliating Scrub.

Identifying specific areas prone to buildup, like the crown or along the hairline, allows for a more targeted cleaning approach. This ensures that you’re addressing potential issues where they’re most likely to occur.

Briogeo Scalp Revival Exfoliator Charcoal Shampoo: $15

Oribe Serene Scalp Exfoliating Scrub: $52

4. Massage your scalp with a scalp brush.

A gentle scalp massage using a scalp massager brush is a great way to improve circulation and blood flow. This helps with hair growth and scalp health. It can also help to loosen build-up. Massaging the scalp during shampooing stimulates blood flow, promoting a healthier scalp environment. This action also helps distribute natural oils, preventing them from accumulating and contributing to buildup. 

Scalp Massager Brush: $7

Customizing these practices based on your specific hair type, lifestyle, and any existing scalp conditions will help you establish an effective and gentle scalp care routine for your red hair.

Rock it like a Redhead! 


READ: 5 Top Tips for a Healthy Scalp and Red Hair

READ: Still Dealing With A Dry, Flaky Scalp? How Redheads Can Treat It