Did you ever wonder what would happen if you used hair care products for a different hair type? Well who follows rules anyway? In my last Ulta Haul, I chose “surprise me” in the sample area, and got DevaCurl’s new Buildup Buster Micellar Water Cleansing serum. It’s a new cleansing treatment for “all hair types” (but it really seemed geared toward curly hair) that uses Micellar technology to remove buildup without stripping hair of moisture. I don’t need hair strippers very often, and I don’t have curly hair, but in the spirit of trying new things, I figured I’d give it a go.
My hair was in dire need of a wash, but I didn’t have time so I sprayed it with about a half a can of dry shampoo, then styled it and sprayed it with hairspray. It was presentable for the few hours while I was out, but I couldn’t wait to get home and get all that gunk and strong scent out of my hair, and there it was, the DevaCurl buildup buster just begging to help me de-gunk my hair!
I was quite nervous that it would strip my hair color, which I just had done a little over a week ago. Having my hair go brassy after spending a bundle would not have made my day. I was also concerned about my hair being stripped of moisture, because while my scalp leans toward oily, my hair itself needs lots of moisture, heat protection and conditioning treatments. Often, buildup products strip the hair of everything, including it’s moisture, leaving the hair porous, that’s why I usually don’t use them. I take care, usually, not to let build up happen in the first place. Anyway, would this stuff completely wreck my hair game?
To the shower I went, after giving my hair a good brushing to help loosen the hairspray and dry shampoo. I wet my hair thoroughly and went to town. This product is sulfide free, which means it doesn’t lather particularly well. The washing process was a little icky, frankly, but if you’re used to shampoo that doesn’t lather, you’ll be just fine. After a good rinse, I did a second wash because my hair still felt a bit gunky. I then used deep conditioner in the ends, and left the shower for part two, the blow dry.
I applied my usual moisturizing heat protectant and volumizing cream. My hair seemed to hold more water, so the blow dry took longer than usual, but my hair came out smooth and strait in the end. My color was not altered, thank god, and because I had used a conditioning hair mask as conditioner to my ends, I didn’t notice too much moisture loss, though if I hadn’t moisturized thoroughly, I believe my hair would have been much drier. The glossing product that my hair stylist uses to give my hair extra shine was stripped off by this product, and my hair was dull and flat looking, color wise.
As I write this, it’s early morning on day two, and my hair is still smooth and soft even though it’s a bit humid here. So what’s this strait, fine haired girl’s take on DevaCurl Build Up Buster?
DevaCurl Buildup Buster Micellar Water Cleansing Serum costs $28.00 for 8 ounces–the price is in line with others in the midrange hair care market. Both washing and drying my hair was a bit more onerous using this product. It did remove buildup, after the second wash–but I was disappointed that it also removed my shine as well.
Frankly, I wouldn’t purchase this product for a few reasons. First, I just don’t get that much buildup very often. Most buildup removers are supposed to be used once a month or every six weeks and that is about the frequency I would use this product, followed by an intensive hair mask to restore moisture and shine. Second, I really didn’t like the way it felt on wet hair. It didn’t feel like it was getting my hair clean, hence the second lathering and a lengthy rinse. Finally, my hair seemed to take much longer to blow dry–and though that really doesn’t matter that much, once in a while, I guess the whole experience left me nonplussed.
I can’t imagine someone with really thick, curly hair liking the way this feels while washing, and if you have dry hair, you would definitely want to do a conditioning mask after. Have you tried it? If so, what was your experience?