For the longest time, I didn't care what I put on my head. There's privilege to having a pixie cut — I got near-full access to my scalp, making it incredibly easy to wash, and it mattered little what shampoo I used, because the hair that I was lathering up will be cut off in less than a year.
Oh, how life has changed. Since 2017, I've been growing it out to a perfectly disheveled (one hopes) bob that has met dye and perm rods. Gone are the days when I can dump sulfate-full shampoos, skip out on conditioner, and still emerge from the shower with healthy hair ready to be subjected to heat tools. One thing that remained unchanged is the state of my scalp. It is perpetually oily. True then as it is true now, I never fail to wash it every day. The longest I've gone is two days; by the end of the second, I'd have to resist scratching the itch. Literally.
Which is why I'm pretty impressed with Act+Acre's Scalp Detox. I prepped my scalp with the fragrant oil for 30 minutes before I jumped into warm water. To ensure proper cleansing, I made sure I got enough shampoo by using the cap of the bottle (as instructed) as a measuring cup. I poured more than what I needed, which I noted for the next time. It lathered up nicely though there's no sulfates present. Yay! I'm one of those people who need foam to feel clean, sue me. The conditioner however, fell short of my expectations. My chemically treated hair needed a richer formula to give me ad-worthy hair tosses. I used a leave-in spray conditioner later. Much better.
Naturally, my scalp and hair felt sanitised (not stripped, FYI). Hello styling cream, volumiser, and hairspray. Twenty-four hours later, my scalp was still "matte" — a phenomenon previously witnessed only in wintry climates. Reasonably so at the 36th hour mark. I only really oiled up post-exercise, about 40 hours later. If it wasn't crazy to applaud to inanimate objects, I'd do it by now.