Episode 5: Why Do You Get Buildup? ๐Ÿšฟ๐Ÿ’†โ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ“Š | Hair Science

Episode 5: Why Do You Get Buildup? ๐Ÿšฟ๐Ÿ’†โ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ“Š |  Hair Science


– Hi, NaturallyCurly World. I’m Gerilyn. – And I’m Cristina. – And today we are going to talk about the science behind product buildup. – What is buildup? Why do you get it? Where does it come from? How do you get rid of it? All of that. – Buildup is when you
have a lot of product or a lot of natural oils all layered on top of
each other on your scalp. And you don’t want that. It’s gross, it’ll smell. Kind of weighs down your hair too. So we’re gonna tell you
why that’s a bad thing and also how to get rid of it. – So build up forms naturally, we produce the oil and
sebum from our scalps, that’s natural build up. – It’s a natural oil
that our body produces and it’s produced all over our body. So a lot of the time people are like, oh, my hair is so greasy
and my scalp is so greasy. It’s okay, it’s just your natural sebum, especially if you haven’t
put anything on it. – Then we also have
buildup that’s left behind from all the different
products that we use. So conditioners and leave-ins
and moisturizers and stylers, all coat our hair and they have all these
different purposes. They make our hair feel softer, they give our curls definition and hold. They do things for our hair but they’re also formulated in a way that makes them stay on
our hair and not come off. When you have products on
your scalp or on your hair, that creates a barrier and it means that your hair is kind of
suffocating under there, because none of the moisture
that you’re applying, none of the leave-in conditioners or oils, none of that is actually getting through into the hair strand because
there is this layer of buildup that’s blocking it. – A lot of people are like,
oh, my scalps itching, maybe I’m losing some hair. It doesn’t seem like it’s shedding, it feels like it’s falling out. Probably because it’s product
build-up that’s causing it. So you need to find a way to
take all of that product off but also, and here’s a key element, you want to keep the natural sebum that’s being produced by your skin. And that’s really like, that’s one of the hardest
things to navigate and manage but once you figure out the
right products to use for that you’ll be good to go. So one of the biggest culprits for buildup in the curly world is silicones. Silicones are not bad for
your hair on their own, but the thing about silicones is that in order to remove them you
have to use stronger surfactants which is the ingredient
that’s used in cleansers that will remove the silicones
product buildup, dirt, whatever is on there. And so oftentimes the harsh
surfactants are the sulfates that everyone tries to avoid. So if you’ve heard of curly girls not wanting to use those two ingredients, that is typically referred
to as the curly girl method. Not everyone with curly hair
hates silicones and sulfates. It’s really up to you what
products you want to use and what you feel like works for you. The thing about silicones
is they may feel like they’re working when you put them on because your hair will feel smoother and it does get rid of the frizz and your hair will look and
feel better immediately. But in the long term,
often times when people take these ingredients
out of their regimen, they find that their hair gets
curly, healthier, bouncier a lot of these things that
we’re all looking for. But yeah, it’s kind of controversial, some people avoid them
and some people don’t. – Yeah, I don’t avoid them at all. I love silicones. Whoops! So the reason why is because
my hair does need to get, it needs to feel way down,
in needs that definition and that’s what comes do for my hair and it looks really really cool. However, I do that maybe one
time, like one time a week and then I used a refresher. The reason why is because
I don’t want to keep adding heavy, heavy silicones on
because I know on washday I’ll probably have to wash my hair three times in one session just to make sure all
of those cones are out and I don’t necessarily want to do that. So if you are person that likes using silicon based products, keep in mind you want to
limit how often you use them. – Not all silicones are equal, there are water-soluble silicones and non water-soluble silicones. So we can put a link down below so that you can see a list of the two. Some sulfates are harsher than others, SLS on your packaging,
sodium laureth sulfate or sodium laury sulfate are, that’s usually the big
one to watch out for if you’re trying to avoid harsh sulfates but there are lots of different sulfates. People will often say
just look for anything that ends in fate or ends in cone. But there are like naturally-occurring sulfates or surfactants. So just because something sounds natural doesn’t always make it good and just because something
sounds like a chemical doesn’t always mean that it’s bad. You really should look
a little bit deeper, so we’ll leave you some
resources down below. – If you are a person that happens to have some sort of a skin issue going on. You got a dermatitis, eczema, something is happening with you. There aren’t a lot of products
that we can recommend to you only because we’re not medical doctors. So we do recommend that you
go to a medical professional. – We’ll leave a link
down below to an article that’s specifically about like dermatitis and how you should be cleansing and also some signs that you
need to go see a trichologists. – Yeah, ’cause you don’t want
to go through this one alone. You don’t want to go to
any articles, any videos, telling you, you have
this, so use this product. You actually do need to get a professional in your head, on your scalp, to tell you the best way to
take care of what’s happening. – If you have questions
for us about buildup, leave them down in the comments below. – And we are gonna come back
next week with another video that talks about why your hair smells bad. So we’ll see you next time, bye. – Bye.

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