From over-accessorized pigtails to waist-length Senegalese twists, I’ve been wearing protective hairstyles for as long as I remember. No one could catch me with my afro-hair out in the open. Mainly because I liked not having to style it every day. But there was just one problem: my scalp would get as dry as the Sahara desert in a matter of days. Like clockwork, I'd notice the dandruff. Even after my attempts to moisturize my scalp with oils and serums.
From clarifying shampoos and witch hazel to anti-itch oils, I tested several formulas to keep the buildup at bay, but the results were always short-lived. So, when I heard about Cantu's Protective Styles Line, which includes products that relieve scalp irritation, I jumped at the opportunity to try it out.
The collection launched in collaboration with Emmy-winning hairstylist Angela Stevens in March and includes six products that are designed to encourage healthy hair growth, soothe the scalp and give longevity to protective hairstyles, such as wigs, locs and braids. I decided to test three products from the collection while wearing box braids: the Hair Bath & Cleanser, the Daily Oil Drop Hair Treatment and the Conditioning Detangler. In short, these products did not disappoint.