Addressing product build up
Let’s be real.
Product buildup on your hair is not attractive. But more than that, product buildup can cause:
- your hair to look and behave frizzy and dry because products are sitting on top of your hair
- your hair to shed or break excessively
- flakiness as the build up flakes off
- harm over the long term by blocked scalp follicles
If you are encountering product build up, try these tips.
Use pH-appropriate shampoo
Incorporate a pH-appropriate shampoo into your wash day regimen, especially so if you primarily co-wash or have low porosity hair. Depending on your normal regimen, a clarifying shampoo may be needed. Clarifying shampoos are specifically formulated to remove product build up. It's important to note, vinegar has a fairly low pH of 3-4 and can not serve as an effective clarifier. Effective clarifiers have higher pH's in the range of 5-7.
Practice build up busting regimens
Prevent product build up from even occurring by avoiding silicone products and relying solely on co-washing with the combination of low porosity hair. With low porosity hair, your cuticles remain closed and products do not have an opportunity to penetrate your hair shaft. pH-appropriate shampoos will open your cuticles and allow product penetration.
When you find a way to prevent buildup from even occurring, you’ll find that your curls are more shiny, bouncy, and soft.