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  • Build-up, what is that actually?

    24 / Apr / 2023

    Build-up, what is that actually?

    What is buildup & how does it occur?

    Curly hair can be beautiful, but sometimes it can also be a challenge to care for. One of the biggest challenges with curly hair is preventing build-up.

    What is build-up?

    But what exactly is build-up? Build-up is a buildup of waste, product residue, sebum, oils and dirt in the hair. This can cause your curls to look dull, frizzy, greasy and lifeless, and it can even lead to hair breakage and other hair and scalp problems.

    Build-up, then, is a layer of product residue and dirt that builds up on the hair shaft. Curly hair is extra more sensitive than regular straight hair because its structure is completely different and naturally drier .

    Fortunately, there are a number of ways to prevent build-up in curly hair. Here are some tips:

    1. Use the right products. Choose products designed specifically for curly hair that are moisturizing.
    2. Avoid silicones, drying alcohol, minerals, sulfates and heavy oils.
    3. Wash your hair regularly. It is important to wash your hair regularly to prevent build-up. Choose a mild shampoo designed specifically for curly hair that does not contain sulfates, as these can dry out hair.
    4. Use clarifying/detox shampoo once every 5 to 6 weeks. As soon as you notice build-up, you can use a clarifying/detox shampoo to deeply cleanse your hair and remove the build-up of products and dirt. Don't use this shampoo too often, however, as it can dry out the hair and really have a stripping effect.
    5. Rinse your hair thoroughly. After shampooing, rinse your hair thoroughly to remove all residues of shampoo and conditioner.
    6. Always finish with our cleanser, curl shampoo to partially close your hair cuticles and restore your scalp PH value.
    7. Limit the use of styling products. Do not use styling products with silicones, drying alcohol and heavy oils.
    8. Use a hair mask. Use a deep moisturizing hair mask regularly to give your hair extra nourishment and prevent it from becoming dry and prone to build-up. To do this, use our moisturizer 4 in 1 product. See the flyer.


    How to recognize buildup;

    • Oily looking curls
    • No shine
    • No curl
    • Weakening of the hair
    • No bounce

    How build-up occurs:

    • Not detoxing once every 4, 5 to 6 weeks
    • Natural sebum build-up and a build-up of oils produced by our body
    • Not washing your scalp properly
    • Not out of washable silicones
    • Product build-up
    • Through perspiration on our scalp. (Our body removes waste products through our pores)
    • Coconut fat: this masks the problem lint, but creates a mega buil-up. This is through +/- 10x detox only removed


    • Once every 5 to 6 weeks undertake a Detox/Clarifying shampoo
    • After detoxing, use a mask if necessary. Apply the moisturizer generously as a mask, see flyer or ask at a Curls Control outlet for advice
    • Create balance between moisture, nutrition and care

    Good luck and enjoy your curls.

    Avoid buildup;

    If you follow these tips, you can prevent build-up in curly hair and keep your curls healthy and shiny. Remember that it is important to be patient and give your hair time to recover if you are already suffering from build-up. With proper care, curls can look beautiful and stay healthy

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