Scalp Buildup

Scalp Maintenance With a Little Scalp Therapy

woman in shower massaging scalp

At Malibu C, we’ve been proponents of scalp health from the get-go. After all, you can’t have healthy hair without a healthy scalp. Your scalp is skin, possessing the same protective features as the skin on the rest of your body.  It does, however, possess a few extraordinary properties. 

When you have buildup on your scalp, you may notice various symptoms. Flakes, oily or greasy hair, itchiness, or dryness may all be present as a result of scalp buildup.

What is the buildup on my scalp?

The buildup on your scalp may be sebum buildup, mineral buildup, or product buildup, or possibly a mixture of these. 

Sebum

The scalp has a high density of hair follicles, giving humans their thick, protective hair. Your scalp also possesses more sebaceous glands than most parts of the body. The sebaceous glands produce sebum, the lipid-rich substance that protects your hair and skin. 

Sebum protects the skin from various infections and pathogens. It also allows your scalp to maintain proper hydration by locking in water and preventing water loss. This effective protectant is necessary to healthy hair and skin, but too much of a good thing isn’t always a good thing.

Excessive sebum production or ineffectively cleansing the scalp may lead to sebum buildup. When sebum builds up, it traps dead skin cells and other debris with it.  This can lead to innumerable issues visible on your scalp and your hair.

Mineral Buildup

Nearly all shower water contains a cocktail of minerals and chemicals that have the potential to build up on the scalp. Hard water, in particular, has higher levels of calcium. The common white film on shower fixtures, dishes, and shower doors is also present on your hair and scalp, even if you don’t see it.

Mineral buildup may also block your hair follicles if it goes unchecked. You may experience irritation or white flaking in your hair, along with hair breakage near the scalp.

Product Buildup

Hairsprays, gels, mousses, pomades, and others will build up on your hair and scalp if not properly and thoroughly removed during the shampooing process. Shampoos and conditioners themselves may also build up. 

How do I remove buildup from my scalp?

Malibu C Scalp Wellness Product Lineup on colored backgroundOne of the simplest and most effective methods of removing buildup from your scalp is to use shampoo and conditioner for your hair type, or a dedicated scalp shampoo and treatment. 

Shampoos are meant to cleanse the scalp and hair, although they’re often marketed based on hair results alone. Unless you have a lot of product, sweat, or pool chemicals on the mids and ends of your hair, focus your shampooing routine on your scalp! Massage the lather into your scalp with your fingertips.

Is product buildup weighing you down? Un-Do-Goo shampoo has a high pH to combat product buildup and gently clarify your hair. This vitamin-packed formula cleanses without stripping your hair, allowing for an effective clean you can see and feel. 

Scalp Therapy Wellness Remedies are ideal for invigorating your scalp while also removing detrimental mineral buildup from your scalp and hair. When used weekly, this powerful antioxidant and vitamin complex nourishes your scalp and maintains a clean, healthy scalp environment. 

You’re not alone

Scalp issues are a leading cause of visits to dermatologists. At Malibu C, we’ve dedicated our resources to producing solutions to everyday wellness issues, including issues of the scalp. With 40 years of science behind each of our products, we can help you have a clean, rejuvenated scalp to kick off your scalp wellness journey.