How to Remove Hairspray Buildup From Your Hair

By Kimbry Parker

Using hairspray on a regular basis can leave a residue on your hair. This buildup can alter the way your hair looks and feels, and may even make styling more difficult. A homemade clarifying treatment will remove the buildup to keep your locks looking and feeling healthy.

Hairstylist with hairspray and female client blond girl in salon
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Use a clarifying treatment every couple of weeks to rid your hair of buildup.

Buildup Removal Products

Regular shampoo alone often isn't enough to remove hairspray buildup, especially if it has accumulated over an extended period of time. Wash your hair with liquid dish soap instead of shampoo when it's time to clarify. The detergents in dish soap cut through the hairspray buildup to loosen it from your hair. Choose any type of regular dish soap -- even the heavy-duty, grease-cutting formulas -- but for clarifying your hair, soaps labeled "gentle" or "mild" may not be as effective because they often don't contain heavy detergents. Baking soda also works to remove buildup and clarify your strands. Mix a tablespoon of baking soda with your regular shampoo and wash your hair as usual. Use a deep conditioning treatment on your hair after clarifying. Dish soap and baking soda can both be drying on the hair, and a deep conditioner will help replenish the moisture. To keep hairspray buildup at bay -- especially if you use hairspray every day -- use a clarifying shampoo in place of your regular shampoo on a daily basis.