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Hair beeswax removal

Updated April 17, 2017

Beeswax has long been used as a natural hair tamer. Its waxy composition makes it an ideal styling tool for textured or sculpted looks. However, when used in excess, the result can be a stubborn build-up in the hair. This build-up can be difficult, if not downright impossible, to remove. However, there are a few tricks that can help to remove this waxy product from the hair.

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Oil

Beeswax, especially in generous amounts, can make the hair impervious to water, thus rendering normal washing attempts futile. A liberal application of olive oil can do wonders in this situation. Working olive oil through the affected hair breaks down the waxy build-up. Similar in composition to olive oil, sweet almond oil can also be used to break down beeswax in the hair. Follow the oil treatment with a thorough rinsing with warm water.

Grease-Cutting Agents

Natural oils go a long way in getting stubborn beeswax out of the hair. It is, however, only a single step in the process. Stopping at step one would leave a person with a head full of greasy, oily hair, which is not a far step from waxy, waterproof hair. To combat the excess oil in the hair, a good washing with a grease-cutting dish detergent is recommended. This should be repeated until the hair feels squeaky clean to the touch and free of greasiness.

General Care

As dish detergents are not designed for hair care, it can leave the hair overly dry. Once the beeswax and oil have been completely removed, some people like to finalise the ritual with a moisturising shampoo wash. This can be followed with a regular or deep conditioning treatment.

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About the Author

Heather Clark is a professional writer with a bachelor's degree in communications from Austin Peay State University, where she was a features writer for the "AllState" campus newspaper. In addition to being a contributor for various websites, she is also a full-time staff writer/photographer for the "Courier," the U.S. Army news publication for Fort Campbell, Ky.

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