I’ve long relied on micellar water and products with salicylic acid to keep my skin clear and clean. I actually prefer micellar water over cleansers and face wipes for a quick-and-dirty (or quick-and-clean, rather) makeup removal at the lazy end of a long day. When my skin isn’t especially broken out, I keep a salicylic-acid spot treatment on hand for sporadic zits. It had never occurred to me that my scalp could benefit from the same ingredients, even though it’s essentially just a hairy extension of the skin on my face.
That’s why as soon as I heard that Bumble and Bumble’s new Bb.Scalp Detox had micellar water and salicylic acid in it, I was immediately intrigued. To my knowledge, I’ve never used a hair product with either ingredient, and I wasn’t sure why I would. After all, I don’t put makeup on my scalp, and I’ve gotten maybe two zits on it in as many decades. But then I thought about all the dry shampoos I’ve sprayed up there; the hair masks I might have not thoroughly rinsed out; the sweat from being what I’m quite sure is the sweatiest person in America (unconfirmed, but I’m in talks with Guinness). Sure, I wash my hair a couple times a week, but just as deep conditioner goes a little farther than a regular conditioner, this fizzing foam promises to take the cleansing and clarifying to the next level.
That’s right — I said “fizzing foam.” I quickly learned, upon shaking the pretty light blue and gray can and spraying a bit onto my wrist, that Bb.Scalp Detox is what can best be described as frothy micellar seltzer, bubbling in a literally and figuratively cool, softly-scented white blob as it slowly dissolved. But as we’ve established, this formula is made for the head and meant to be applied right before a shower, so I enthusiastically disrobed, parted my hair, and aimed the dispenser at my crown. As I sprayed the foam on different sections of my head and started working it into my scalp, the formula felt even colder and more effervescent, and it became audibly noisier. I imagine the entire sensory experience is similar to pouring a bowl of Rice Krispies and ice-cold milk over your head, except much more effective at the whole scalp-cleansing thing.
I let the foam sink in, allowing the salicylic acid do its job on the debris threatening to clog my follicles and address the dead skin cells that can lead to flaking. And speaking of flaking, salicylic acid can be drying, so Bumble and Bumble wisely included panthenol and vitamins B5 and E to prevent moisture loss. After three awkward minutes of standing naked in my bathroom, I turned on and stepped into the shower, immediately rinsing my scalp. It rinsed clean easily, and as much as I enjoyed the tingling while it was on, I was relieved to find there were no after-tingles, especially after shampooing and conditioning.
Bb.Scalp Detox is meant to be used once a week to undo the accumulation of several days’ worth of styling products, but even after my first-ever use, it seems to have made a difference on the accumulation of, what, a lifetime of styling products? OK, so I probably didn’t have that much buildup (jeez, I hope not), but I’ve definitely noticed fewer flakes stuck in my hair in the days following just one foaming session. It’s safe to say I’m convinced of micellar water and salicylic acid’s whole-head benefits, especially when it’s aerated.
Bumble and Bumble Bb.Scalp Detox is now available for $34 at bumbleandbumble.com.
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