One thing that excites me about discovering new products, is finding out that they have a new take, or an innovative way to solving a problem. One of the most important parts of my haircare routine or any routine is cleansing. Getting rid of the dust, dead skin cells, pollution from living in a big city, excess oils and product buildup that accumulate and are trapped on my scalp by my kinky coils and protective styles. Your scalp is part of the largest organ in the body and it is vital to the health of your hair. It is a living entity that nourishes your hair, helps get rid of metabolic waste from the body and can be the gateway to calming the soul. My mum often gives newborns scalp massages to welcome them into to world!
I heard the buzz about one of the newest offerings from curly hair line DevaCurl. DevaCurl is one of the OG brands that I discovered years ago specifically dedicated to the needs of curly hair. I actually never tried a product from them, but when I saw that Sephora had the DevaCurl Buildup Buster Micellar Water Cleansing Serum as a 100-point perk, I picked it up.
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DevaCurl claims that this is the first micellar water to be used in haircare. There are a plethora of makeup removers and cleansers that use ingredients that form micelles as a very gentle skincare cleansers.
Anatomy of a Micelle
Basically a micelle is a ‘vehicle’ that traps oils/dirt and that gets washed by water. In the simplest of terms, think of a micelle as a bubble made up of ‘tadpoles’. Each ‘tadpole’ has a hydrophilic (water-loving) end and hydrophobic (water-hating/fat-loving) properties. When you apply the cleanser to your hair, each tadpole is attracted and attaches itself to the oils on your scalp and when you rinse your hair, the hydrophilic ends are attracted to the water, forms the micelles and then is washed away.
This product is a colourless liquid, that is not sticky are makes a very minimal foam. It is also, vegan, sulphate-free, paraben-free, gluten-free, silicone-free and is mostly made of naturally derived ingredients. This lightweight serum is supposed to be used no more than once a week so that it can gently remove excess products and debris that can weight down your curls. It also contains a bunch of botanical extracts, oils and other ingredients, including rosemary extract, hops extract, and glycerin which help hydrate, and condition the hair.
My deluxe sample comes in a plastic tube but the full size product comes in a large round plastic bottle with a pointed tip closure. I think this a great idea as it allow you to directly apply product to the scalp without having to pour it onto your hands. Since the scalp is the most important part of head to clean this makes it quite easy. This contain 8fl.oz./236ml of product, which is inline with many readily available liquid shampoos/cleansers. The lettering/labels are printed directly onto the gray/package and yellow-green and teal accent colours, which are in line with the rest of their branding.
Method of Application
Thoroughly wet hair and apply directly to the scalp and massage with the pads of your fingers. Work it through to the ends of the hair. Rinse thoroughly.
I was skeptical about this product. I gave it a couple of ‘cut eyes’ before using it. I use mild, sulphate-free shampoos on my hair and this did not suds up as I was used to. But you know what? This felt surprisingly great on my hair. I was actually pleasantly surprised. After massaging my scalp, I did not feel the intense itching that I get when using regular sulphate shampoos. It also did not feel dry, stripped or squeaky at all. It was not the most moisturizing cleanser that I have used, but made my hair and scalp feel clean and fresh. When I inspected my scalp, it looked clean – no residue. I can see why they suggest using this no more than once a week. I think that using this everyday will eventually strip the hair as it is actually clarifying. This is meant to be a once-a-week deep clarifying treatment.
I would absolutely buy this. It impressed me. Since I wash my hair every fortnight, I will use this product once a month and cycle it with my other creamier cleansers. And from the looks of things, DevaCurl is coming out with additions to this treatment line very soon.
This product is available at the DevaCurl website, as well as retailers such as Sephora, NaturallyCurly and Ulta, and it costs $28 for 8 fl.oz.
Let me know if you have tried this. And also let me know if you have visited one of their salons.
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