Hair Wax - Is It Good or Bad For Your Hair?


By itself, styling wax doesnt have any particularly negative effects, but it can cause some problems if not handled correctly.

The biggest problems with using hair wax are:

  • Product build up
  • Greasiness
  • Dry scalp


Wax build up is what happens when you dont wash hair wax out properly. Because wax tends to be insoluble in water, you need to use a deep cleaning shampoo to get rid of it.

If its not removed thoroughly, a mixture of wax and scalp oil can build up on your scalp. Between washes, this mixture begins to oxidize and break down into potentially irritating substances. This could have a few effects:

  • It causes irritation and itch
  • It dries your scalp out
  • It can cause dandruff flare ups

So its important to make sure that you wash your hair thoroughly to avoid build up. You may also need to wash your hair more often if youre using wax every day.


One of the problems wax could bring is that if its not washed out properly, it could start to make your hair look greasy.

And because wax essentially creates a seal around the hair and scalp, it could have a knock-on effect of trapping the oil close to your skin.

The key in this case is moderation. Use a small amount of wax to style your hair. And as before, ensure that youre washing it out properly.


To make sure that your scalp stays healthy while youre using wax, pick a shampoo that has great cleaning power.

Also, you could try applying a bit of shampoo to dry hair first this helps concentrated shampoo bind to the wax which otherwise is hydrophobic before it gets diluted.

After youve washed that out, try washing again normally, applying your shampoo to wet hair and you should be able to get rid of all of the wax.

A regular washing routine is a must when using any product, to make sure your scalp stays as healthy as possible.

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