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How to Get Rid Of Buildup Without Damaging Your Curls

by Chelsea Castonguay
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Have you ever wished you could start fresh without the weight of buildup pulling your curls down? Us, too! We add things to our curls every day and while those products are helpful, leaving your curls with buildup can be damaging. Build up will remove your curl's natural sheen, and make it look dry or dirty. You can help combat buildup by avoiding curl care products with parabens and silicones, but you'll might still need some help to get your curls fresh and clean. Here are a few suggestions to free your curls of buildup without causing any damage.

Baking soda: 

Odds are you have this product right in your pantry! It can help rebalance your curl's pH, and is gentle enough to use regularly. Mix 2 parts baking soda to 1 parts water to create a thick paste. Apply the paste to your scalp generously, and then massage in. Allow it to soak in for half an hour, and then shampoo out, following with a deep conditioning treatment.

Apple cider vinegar:

If you have heavy build up, ACV is going to be your new favorite product! To use, mix up a concoction of 1/4 cup ACV, lime juice and 1 gallon of filtered water. Shampoo your curls as usual, and then follow by pouring 2 cups of the mixture over your curls, allowing it to completely saturate your hair. Mix it through your curls with your finger tips and allow to sit for a few minutes before rinsing with cold water. You can keep the mixture in your fridge and use it to refresh your curls every 2-3 weeks.

Dish soap:

If your curls are weighed down with a large amount of buildup, you can grab some dish soap from the kitchen to help correct the problem. Shampoo your curls with the dish soap, and then following with your regular conditioning treatment, allowing the conditioner to sit for 20-30 minutes. Dish soap can definitely be tough on curls, so try it out on a small section of your hair before committing to using it all over.

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