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How to Remove Conditioner Buildup in Hair

By Sydney Lundgren ; Updated April 18, 2017
Prevent limp locks.

Hair conditioner is necessary for preventing dry, frizzy hair. While it moisturizes and softens the hair, it can leave behind a filmy buildup that leads to greasy, limp hair. Washing your hair with standard shampoo is not enough to remove the buildup. Commercial products, as well as homemade methods, are available for clarifying the hair. Learn how to remove conditioner buildup in your hair and keep it squeaky clean.

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Apply a nickel-sized amount of clarifying shampoo to your hands. Massage it into your scalp. Rinse it thoroughly out of your hair. Clarifying shampoo gets rid of residue from styling products and conditioner buildup in hair.

Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of baking soda into your hands. Rub it into your wet hair while you are in the shower. Rinse the baking soda out of your hair. Shampoo your hair as usual with a gentle shampoo. Rinse the shampoo out of your hair.

Mix 1 cup warm water with 1/4 cup vinegar in a large plastic cup. Pour the mixture on your wet hair after shampooing. Use your fingers to massage the vinegar rinse into your hair. Rinse it out thoroughly with lukewarm water.

Things You Will Need

  • Clarifying shampoo
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • Large plastic cup


Rinse hair with cool water to give it added shine.

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About the Author

Sydney Lundgren has been a technical writer since 2008, in addition to writing a column in his university newspaper. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin with dual degrees in business administration and political science. Sydney enjoys writing about travel, health and fitness.

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