I love DevaCurl. They make some of my favourite products, and they’re also responsible for my most recent (and favourite!) haircut. Naturally, I get excited about new products, especially the likes of which I’ve never seen before, and the DevaCurl Buildup Buster Micellar Water Cleansing Serum is the first micellar water for hair.
As the name states, it’s meant to be used when you notice a buildup of dirt, oil, or or product in your hair and scalp. These things can weigh down curls and waves, so the Buildup Buster eliminates them without stripping your hair and scalp of essential moisture, like traditional shampoo can.
I use this 2-3 times a month (not every week, like the bottle suggests) in place of my usual No Poo Decadence.
The good: It really does cleanse the hair without stripping it. I normally use a Shea Moisture sulfate-free shampoo as a clarifier ever 6 weeks or so, but even that leaves my hair too squeaky clean and a little dry. The Buildup Buster gives me all of the clean with none of the dryness.
The nozzle format makes it super easy to use, and the fact that it’s on the thicker side means it doesn’t run all over your scalp as you apply it.
The not-so-good: This baby isn’t cheap, and you don’t get a lot of it. It sells for $37CAD on Sephora’s website, and you only get 8 ounces of product. What’s worse, I use quite a bit of this because my hair is so thick. If your hair is shorter or not as thick, you might not go through it as fast. But I’m down a quarter of a bottle after maybe 3-4 uses, which is crazy to me when it comes to hair product!
The final verdict: It’s nice, but not absolutely essential given the size and price point. If you’re on the fence about it, I say stick with a good cleansing conditioner and the occasional sulfate-free shampoo. If you’re curious and want to pick it up in the upcoming VIB sale, perhaps, it’s certainly an interesting product, but it’s not gonna change your life.