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How To Get Rid Of Residue In Hair

Do you want a long, shiny and healthy hair? Everyone wants to have beautiful hair. So in order to achieve that super smooth and glossy hair, many people try different products to beautify and style their hair. While these products can indeed make your mane look more luscious, most of the times, these products tend to leave unwanted residue in hair. When you put some hair products like moisturizer, leave-on, gel, wax or even if you just forgot to thoroughly rinse shampoo or conditioner from your hair, you can expect that dirt will settle on your scalp and your hair might end up getting sticky. Of course, this will result to damage in your hair. So as much as possible, you should clean hair residues right away.

Removing residue in hairs is actually an easy task. Usually, when your hair feels sticky from residues, all you have to do is take a bath or a shower. There are also some simple home remedies that you can do to bring back your clean hair. To help you get rid of residue in hair, here are some things that you can do.

Wash your hair with shampoo

One of the common reasons for residue in hair is failure to wash the hair thoroughly. That is why, if you think that there are dirt and sticky stuff on your hair, all you have to do is to get into the shower. Wash your hair with warm water first. Then, after letting the water run directly to your hair strands for about 20 seconds, squeeze some clarifying shampoo on your palm. Work this into lather to your hair. If the shampoo did not bubble up, this means that there is too much dirt on your hair. Just add some more shampoo until your hair is in lots of bubbles. Afterwards, rinse with water. Be sure to massage your scalp and to wash clean all your hair strands. Wipe your wet hair with towel and let it air dry.

Wash with vinegar and water

Vinegar is powerful in removing dirt, bacteria and even unwanted odor. You can just work some vinegar and water solution to your hair and it will remove the residue from it. Simply get about a cup of warm water and add two tablespoons of plain white vinegar or apple cider vinegar. Apply this to your hair. Let it sit for about 5-10 minutes, then rinse with clarifying shampoo and water.

Refresh with lemon

Lemon has similar acid contents with vinegar. If you want that refreshing feeling and fruity smell, then you can use lemon juice instead of vinegar. Mix about 1 tablespoon of lemon juice for every cup of water. Apply this to your scalp and hair and let it work for a few minutes. Wash with shampoo and water afterwards.

Note that lemon juice can lighten up your hair. So if you do not want any discoloration, use minimal amount of lemon juice.

Use baking soda

You might think that using baking soda on your hair might leave your hair with even more residue.  But actually, it is a good treatment to remove dirt and other sticky residue from your hair. Simply rub some baking soda on your hair strands and let it sit there for a couple of minutes. The baking soda will absorb the dirt so when you rinse it clean, the residue will be washed away together with the baking soda.


  1. Lucy Said,

    I have a horrible residue at the ends of my hair – This is what I have tried and has not worked: shop bought shampoo, home made shampoo (using Castile soap), baking powder, baking powder and lemon juice. I think the residue is shea butter from a conditioning treatment last night. Will try vinegar, any other ideas maybe? Thanks

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