Before I start, let me say that this review is not sponsored, but there are affiliate links but it is 100% my own unbiased views.
So Devacurl products are getting a lot of hype for their products and I am in full support of DevaCurl even though they are a little pricey, but today I wanna focus on specifically DevaCurl’s Buildup Buster.
What is The DevaCurl Buildup Buster Micellar Water Cleansing Serum?
*YES, that is the official name*
The Buildup Buster is a clarifying shampoo designed for all hair types. What is a clarifying shampoo you ask? Well a clarifying shampoo is a deep cleansing shampoo, like a regular shampoo but gives you a much more clean, it is specifically created to get rid of stubborn gunk in your hair that may accumulate overtime from usage of styling products and oils. Clarifying shampoos can be very drying so they only need to be used if your hair is extremely greasy or dirty and should be followed up with an intense moisture treatment.
So the Buildup Buster is a deep cleansing shampoo, the micellar water attracts dirt to gently remove buildup from the hair and scalp, most clarifying shampoos contain harsh ingredients that strip the natural hair oil, but the Buildup Buster is the opposite, it is a powerful cleanser without the harsh ingredients. Plus, it contains Abyssinian seed oil and jojoba to deliver moisture, shine and head-turning bounce.
How do you use it ?
The official instructions found on the Devacurl website were to;
- Wet curls in the shower.
- Use the pointed tip to target the scalp. Massage all over, and work it through the mid-lengths and ends.
- Rinse thoroughly by massaging as the water runs through the curls.
- Be sure to follow with a DevaCurl conditioner or treatment to seal in moisture.
- Use weekly, or as needed in place of your regular cleanser.
But me being me, I cleanse it differently, I have a Vanity Planet Groove Rejuvenating Scalp Massager that I use to massage my scalp while I wash my hair, so I like to squeeze some of the product unto the scalp massager and just massage it throughout my hair, rinse it out and then use a little on my hands while using my fingers to massage my scalp to make sure I get everything, since my shampoo contains sulfates and I use a lot of styling products I have a bit of gunk that piles up at the end of each month, that’s why I cleanse it twice, I also only cleanse at the start of every month.
What’s in it?
According to the website the Bulidup Buster fragrance has a lush, refreshing scent captures a purifying and relaxing, clean feeling. I don’t really know about that, I honestly don’t smell anything when I use it, but it does leave my hair refreshed and moisturized.
Water (Aqua, Eau), Lactamide MEA, Glycerin, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, Limonium Gerberi Extract, Cynara Scolymus (Artichoke) Leaf Extract, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Hydrolyzed Pea Protein, Panthenol, Melissa Officinalis Extract, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydroxypropyl Guar Hydroxyproplytrimonium Chloride, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Cocamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Cetrimonium Chloride, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Polyacrylate-1 Crosspolymer, Polyquaternium-10, Polyquaternium-11, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Propanediol, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum).
It is also, cruelty-free, vegan, gluten free and 100% sulfate, paraben and silicone free.
Where can you buy it?
It can be bought officially on the Devacurl website and naturallycurly, unofficially you can find it online at Walmart or Amazon. The reason I said official or unofficial is that technically speaking neither Walmart nor Amazon has the permission to sell devacurl products per se but they are allowed to, I personally bought my Devacurl products on Amazon and have no complaints, but if you want it official go directly to DevaCurl or ShopNaturallyCurly.
Sometimes when you buy the products from unofficial retailers it leaves you susceptible to damaged products, I’ve never had the experience but some amazon reviews have customers complaining that the products is “not real” or “watered-down”.
And for those of you wondering the reason I use Amazon is that of where I live, for those of you that don’t know I live in Jamaica where local retailers don’t sell DevaCurl, I have heard of DevaCurl being int he stores but I’ve never seen them and when I ask the retailers say they don’t stock them anymore, I’m not sure if its because of the cost, (it is a little pricey as I mentioned earlier) but they don’t sell them.
Back to why I buy on Amazon, so I have to ship my products into the island and most shipping companies only handle, Walmart, amazon or eBay shipping, so those are the main websites we have to buy from, that’s why?
Before I used DevaCurl Buildup Buster I used Baking Soda and/or apple cider vinegar and that use to dry out my hair, granted I used washed my hair with baking soda once a week compared to once a month but the baking soda dried my hair out completely, my Curls were so undefined when I would style them.
Honestly for me this product was a splurge, I had some extra cash and was sick of baking soda and how it almost ruined my curls and decided to try it. I am so glad I decided to try it though, I never once regretted it. I bought my Buildup Buster and got it shipped sometime in late April and 4 months later I haven’t even finished half the bottle, so it lasts a really long time and I use a lot.
I cleanse like that it comes in a squeezable bottle 8.oz with a tip, made it easier to get the products into my hair or applying it straight to my scalp.
If you follow me on IG: crown_of_coils, ash.jay_, you know I recently just pulled out my braids after 3 weeks so I had quite a buildup of dirt( to the point where my hair started to loc) and my hair was dry and frizzy and bone straight, no curls whatsoever. So I went straight for my Buildup Buster and it did clean my hair without making it feel stripped of its natural hair oils, and even though it doesn’t really claim to, a plus for me is that it moisturized my hair.
The biggest PRO for this product is that it follows through on its claim, it refreshed my curls and brought bounce and shine to them (kinda like I press a reset button in my hair).
The only con for me is the price.
The BIG Question: Is it worth it?
Let’s weights the pros and cons and find out.
- Its 100% sulfate, silicone and parabens free
- Its Vegan and Gluten Free
- Animal Cruelty Free
- Gives your hair a deep cleanse without stripping away its natural oils
- It moisturizes your hair
- It refreshes your curls, gives it bounce and shine
- Comes in a squeezable bottle with an applicator tip
- One bottle lasts more than 3 months
- The price
In my opinion the price might turn off a few but for all its pros its definitely worth it.