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The Cut Down: How to Avoid Buildup with Proper Scalp Care

November 23, 2021

1 Min read

A well balanced scalp is the foundation of healthy hair growth. Regular shampooing is critical to keeping the hair follicles free of build-up and excess oils, but sometimes our schedules don’t allow for consistent wash days each week. So how do you stay on top of your scalp care in between wash days, especially if you have an active lifestyle? Read on to learn three expert tips that work for any hair and scalp type.

1. Avoid styling products with heavy silicones for proper scalp care

In the days following wash day it’s important to be aware of the styling products that come in contact with your hair and scalp. Popular ingredients such as phenyl trimethicone, dimethicone, and cyclomethicone are non-water-soluble silicones that can cause buildup easily, leaving your hair and scalp feeling dry or greasy. These ingredients and others can be found in many styling products and may not be considered harmful, but can certainly contribute to the feeling of needing to cleanse strands ASAP. Instead, go silicone-free with your stylers or look for products containing water-soluble silicones such as PEG-7 Dimethicone that won’t cause hard-to-remove buildup on strands.

2. Switch to a non-aerosol dry shampoo

Many popular dry shampoos on the market contain aerosols that help to propel the product’s formula effectively into the roots. Although it is true that this is an effective way to target excess oil, it isn’t the cleanest route for our scalps. Aerosol dry shampoos contain popular propellant gases such as butane, isobutane, and propane that can negatively impact scalp equilibrium causing flakes, sensitivity, itchiness, and the feeling of build-up. Switching to a non-aerosol formula that contains ingredients such as oat flour, that soothes the scalp, reduces this risk while maintaining scalp equilibrium. The result? A cleaner, residue-free, silky formula that helps to absorb excess oil from scalp and strands. It’s  also free of perfume fragrance which is known to irritate a sensitive scalp.

3. Use a pre-shampoo scalp mask regularly

Prose’s pre-shampoo scalp mask contains all of the necessary ingredients needed to maintain proper scalp health. Formulated with ingredients such as kaolin clay, french pink clay, and jojoba beads, this creamy micro-exfoliating mask produces a gentle foam that targets various scalp needs without leaving behind any film or residue after rinsing. It is certified microbiome-friendly, alcohol-free, fragrance-free, and silicone-free which helps keep hair and scalp healthy in between washes. With these benefits, your scalp is able to handle any irritation that can come its way on off days—even if it’s environmental.

Wrap up

What do all of these tips have in common? They highlight that the ingredients found in your haircare products are crucial and should be closely inspected if you want to avoid buildup and really focus on scalp care. Following these tips and switching to a custom formula can help keep your hair and scalp feeling balanced between wash days.



Faith is a NYS licensed cosmetologist with over 15 years in beauty. Starting her career as a master colorist, Faith spent years expanding her skills to include styling, editorial, blogging + media, along with working under some of the top names in beauty and fashion, such as Patricia Field and Rachel Zoe. By 2015, she stepped from behind the chair into salon management & education – always leading from the viewpoint of the stylist. This unique transition launched her into working with beauty start-ups as an industry expert to strategize their brands. Prior to her position at Prose, Faith worked alongside celebrity stylist Jen Atkin as Sales and Education specialist at OUAI haircare.

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