Reducing Product Build-up in Locs with Clarifying Shampoos

Locking gels are popular for causing build-up. However, frequently cleansing your hair to get rid of dirt and build-up often gets rid of that problem. Product build-up is why clarifying shampoos were created. Here are two non-drying clarifying shampoo recommendations that will not strip your locks and cause them to be excessively dry.

Use the products that create good results and follow up weekly with a clarifying shampoo like Suave Naturals Daily Clarifying Shampoo or the Kinky Curly Come Clean. Both are very effective in removing build-up but you may need 2-3 washes to get rid of significant build-up when using Kinky Curly Come Clean.

Keep the following in mind: 

  1. You don’t have to do a thorough wash every 2 days but focus on the scalp more than the hair if you do. Washing with a clarifying shampoo every 1-2 weeks is usually sufficient. If you need to clarify every 2 days, you may be using too much product but you can still wash frequently if you choose the right pH balanced shampoo.
  2. Unless daily or frequent wash n’ gos are a part of your regular routine, only wash your hair when it is dirty. Don’t worry about how often that should be. You’ll know when you need a wash.
  3. Focus on your scalp when washing if you wash frequently to avoid stripping the hair of its natural oils.
  4. Select shampoos that are pH balanced as they will help to maintain the strength and softness of your hair. This information is usually on the label.
  5. Find the right moisturizing routine to restore moisture to your hair. After washing (on damp hair) add your moisturizer (this can be plain water) and seal in all the moist goodness with a light oil. This should keep your hair fairly soft if done regularly. Spritz with water and repeat the moisture sealing process to keep your hair moisturized.

Wanna try these products? Buy the Suave Naturals Daily Clarifying Shampoo HERE, or the  Kinky Curly Come Clean HERE.


  1. Jodi

    February 13, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    Went out on a limb and bought a bottle of come clean in Jan and I’m glad I did. It is a good clarifying shampoo so it does live up to the hype. The first time I used it though, my hair felt like straw (but that was a good thing, I was experimenting with other shampoos for locks and my locks had a oily feeling even after a good wash). Now, I do a hot oil treatment overnight before I wash and I like the results. But thanks for this post. Maybe when the Come Clean finishes I’ll get me a bottle of Suave.

    • Diedre

      February 13, 2013 at 11:10 pm

      Hey Jodi. Thanks for coming by. You’re right. Clarifying shampoos can be very stripping but these are nowhere as bad as a lot of those on the market. It is always important to add moisture after you clarify your hair to keep it moisturised.

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