Review by Simone Gannon
‘Fond of dry shampoo, are you?’
If I had a euro for every hairdresser that has uttered these words to me over the years, I’d be a very wealthy woman.
Although my hair is in good condition and easy to manage, it’s as flat as a pancake. There’s no oomph at the roots, no lift, nothing. If I had to describe my natural hairstyle, it would be ‘just caught in a downpour’.
As a result of my follicle flatness, I rely on a melee of dry shampoos, texturising sprays, and volume powders to raise my roots to the heights they deserve.
The problem with this (excessive) use of products, however, is buildup. If you want big, voluminous hair every day, that’s fine – you just need to make sure everyone keeps a safe distance from your scalp.
As we all know, repeated use of powdery hair products can lead to the appearance of white specks or flakes on the hair, and a general look of dullness. It can be a pain to get rid of, too.
In an effort to blitz the buildup over the years, I’ve tried pretty much every clarifying product on the market, with mixed results.
Some are incredibly harsh and result in even more flakes on the hair, and some have no effect whatsoever.
My greatest success to date has been with Bumble and Bumble Sunday Shampoo, so when I heard about the brands new non-shampoo offering that promises to instantly remove product buildup, I was all over it.
What’s the hype?
According to the gods of hair at Bumble and Bumble, Scalp Detox is an ‘invigorating scalp refresh foam that instantly removes product buildup, oil, and impurities’ and is suitable for all hair types.
It’s ice cold and starts immediately fizzing and bubbling on your scalp. Remember eating Pop Rocks as a kid? It’s like that, but on your head (and noisier).
Interestingly, the key ingredients are similar to what you might find in your everyday skincare regime; Micellar Water, Salicylic acid, Rose Bay extract, and Panthenol.
Together, Bumble and Bumble say these components cleanse the scalp, prevent over-drying and remove debris and dead skin cells from the pores.
So far, so intriguing.
How do you use it?
Before hopping in the shower, section your hair and squirt the foam directly on to the roots. It’s ice cold and starts immediately fizzing and bubbling on your scalp. Remember eating Pop Rocks as a kid? It’s like that, but on your head (and noisier).
Bumble and Bumble say this is down to the ‘zingy micro-bubbles’ in the foam. Whatever it is, it feels amazing and smells good, too (even if it is a little on the loud side).
Once a sufficient amount is applied to your roots, use your fingers to massage it in. Wait about three minutes while it works its magic, and then shampoo as normal.
Does it work?
Aside from the tingly sensation of the foam which makes me want to use it every day, my scalp has never looked so clean.
It banishes product buildup in one use, and it doesn’t dry out my skin. In fact, my scalp feels moisturised and comfortable.
My one complaint is that application can be slightly messy. The foam tends to dribble out of the can, so occasionally, you might feel like a packet of Pop Rocks has exploded in the bathroom.
It banishes product buildup in one use, and it doesn’t dry out my skin.
A small price to pay for a glistening, buildup free, scalp.
Where can you buy it and how much does it cost?
Scalp Detox is available from Boots or multiple sources on the web.
It’s on the expensive side and retails for €34. I purchased mine from Look Fantastic during a special promotion so it was slightly cheaper, and free samples of other Bumble and Bumble products softened the blow.
A self-confessed beauty junkie, Simone Gannon is a Digital Strategist and Beauty Writer currently living in Dublin.
Prior to entering the digital world, Simone spent a number of years in publishing, holding senior editorial roles for Time Out, Grazia, and Velvet magazine.