What's the Best Way to Remove Hairspray?

What Is Product Build-up?

Any hair product—be it conditioner, serum, hairspray, or something else—coats the hair cuticles. This fine layer can be beneficial in some cases. Conditioners and serums strengthen the hair shaft and protect it from heat damage and pollution.

However, when you have several layers of product on your hair, you'll see negative effects. A completely sealed cuticle can't absorb any nourishment, and the build-up weighs down hair over time.

Hairspray in particular can leave a white dandruff-like residue behind, which builds up and leaves the hair unmanageable. It's essential that product build-up be reduced to ensure nourished, manageable hair.

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How Can I Remove Hairspray and Reduce Product Build-up?

Standard shampoos can remove a normal quantity of oil and particles such as dead skin. But alone, such shampoos aren't strong enough to remove product build-up. You'll need to use a clarifying shampoo or scalp scrub to achieve a deep clean.

Our recommendations:

Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub

This bestselling, multi award-winning scalp revitaliser helps restore balance to sensitive or oily scalps. Cleansing Purifying Scrub fully detoxifies the scalp area by scouring away dead skin cells, hard water build-up, excess oil, and flakes. This deep-cleansing formula clears out all unwanted debris from the scalp area, stimulating blood flow to nourish and rebalance the scalp. Regular use minimises overproduction of oil, itchiness, and irritation. So for stubborn scalps that need a shake-up, reach for Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub. Please note: do not use in conjunction with keratin treatments. Do not use after bleaching.

Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub
R+Co Oblivion Clarifying Shampoo

Go where no shampoo has ever gone before—to the simplest, cleanest place your hair’s ever been. OBLIVION removes color-dulling residue and buildup from chlorine, hard water, and styling products. Good for: Gentle cleansing and thorough removal of all buildup. Mild enough for daily use.

R+Co Oblivion Clarifying Shampoo
O&M Original Detox Shampoo

Designed to neutralise and balance excess oil from hair and scalp without drying. Peppermint is added to cleanse, invigorate and cool the scalp. Tea tree is used for its therapeutic and cosmetic properties which include antiseptic and calming. The O&M Original Detox Shampoo can also be used as a clarifying shampoo. O&M is 100% animal cruelty free, and has never been tested on animals. This product is PETA approved.

O&M Original Detox Shampoo

How Often Should I Use A Clarifying Shampoo?

Clarifying shampoos can dry your hair out over time, so we recommended you use them only about once a week, depending on how often you wash your hair and how many styling products you use.

To maintain moisture, consider using a deep conditioning treatment after a clarifying shampoo, such as evo the great hydrator moisture mask 150ml.

If you're using hairspray correctly, your hair will remain healthy and undamaged. However, it's recommended that you build a clarifying shampoo into your haircare routine in order to manage product build-up. This way, you can enjoy the benefits of hairspray whilst retaining nourished and healthy hair.