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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.



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