Styling Product Buildup & Clarifying

May 27, 2019

Since I switched to the Curly Girl Method (CGM), my use of hair care products has dramatically increased. This leads to styling product buildup; the results are frizziness, loss of curl definition and dry scalp. Although I only use CGM approved hair products, I clarify my wavy hair once a week. Clarifying helps to remove product buildup, which leaves my hair soft, bouncy and with lots of curl definition.


How Buildup Occurs

Product buildup occurs by using hair styling products. Anyone using products with silicones, waxes or oils, buildup can accumulate as well, which leads to dry, lackluster hair. Once buildup is coating the hair, it prevents products from penetrating the hair, they sit on the surface, which leads to dryer and duller hair.


Loss of curl definition, slightly frizzy

Clarifying Products

After trying several clarifying products, I have settled on using the dpHUE Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse, and the Devacurl Buildup Buster Micellar Water Cleansing Serum.


dpHUE Apple Cider Vinegar

The dpHUE Apple Cider Vinegar scalp rinse has aloe vera and argan oil and can be used in place of shampoo or in between washes. Keep in mind that this is an apple cider vinegar rinse, it will have a vinegar smell. The smell will dissipate and will not linger. The rinse gently removes dirt from the scalp and hair, leaving hair soft and shinny. Can be used by those with color treated hair and all hair types. You can purchase at the Dermstore.

If you don’t want to use the apple cider vinegar rinse, there are other great options.


Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse


Devacurl Buildup Buster Micellar Water Cleansing Serum

The Devacurl Buildup Buster continues to be my all time favorite clarifier. It does not strip hair, but leaves it feeling clean, and with loads of bounce. My wavy hair has more curl definition and less frizz after using this product, I absolutely love it!

This product uses micellar technology to gently cleanse the scalp and hair of product buildup.

What is micellar water? According to beauty experts at La Roche-Posay, micellar water takes its name from micelles, tiny round balls of cleansing oil molecules that float in the water. These waters are gentle and effective for cleansing, and require no rinsing afterward. The same technology is used in the Devacurl cleanser, it is low lather, and removes buildup from hard water, product, and the environment without stripping hair of moisture. Free of sulfates, parabens, silicones, paraffins and mineral oil.

After using the buildup buster, you should use a hair conditioner to seal in moisture and rinse well. You can purchase at the Dermstore.



Devacurl Buildup Buster


Tips to Prevent Buildup

  • Apply products at the end and work up to the root. You don’t want the product to end up on the scalp, which weighs hair down, making it look limp and dirty.
  • If you use hairspray, spray at least 12 inches away from the scalp.
  • Minimize the use of products with waxes, silicones and heavy oils.
  • Rinse all shampoos and conditioners from hair, failure to do so will increase buildup


How do you maintain a healthy scalp and bouncy, shiny hair? Share your tips and product recommendatiins in the comments section below.

Thank you for reading!


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