Whether it’s Zooming in a clay mask or starting the day with yoga, if we can thank a remote lifestyle for anything, it’s more self-care freedom. With endless hours spent at home, we’ve had more time for pampering and experimenting with our beauty routines. Naturally, this means we’ve collected a few products we simply can’t live without. And one of our newfound favourites is—hands down—a super-charged scalp scrub!
Never tried scalp exfoliation? Don’t worry, we’ll tell you everything you need to know. Read on to discover the benefits of beauty’s hottest trend—and the 10 best scalp scrubs for shiny, happy hair.
Why You Should Use a Scalp Scrub
Before we dive into our pick of products, let’s explore exactly why a scalp scrub is a smart investment. While your hair itself is made from dead skin cells, your scalp is a living piece of skin. Like any part of your body, it naturally sheds dead skin cells. And, like any part of your body (or face), this natural exfoliation process can often benefit from a boost.
From head to toe, exfoliation is one of the most important parts of your self-care routine. Hair health begins at the scalp and removing dead skin cells and product build-up is the key to a comfortable scalp and silky, shiny locks. Other benefits? Think prevention of dandruff, dry skin, and lank, oily hair. We’re sold!
So, how often should you scrub your scalp for the best results? We recommend a gentle sloughing once or twice a week—no more, no less. Don’t go overboard, as exfoliating more often can strip the hair's natural oils and cause the scalp to panic and over-produce oil.
Now you know the basics of scalp care, let’s look at our favourite scrubs for healthy skin and luscious locks.
1. Coco & Eve | Deep Clean Scalp Scrub
Packed with natural ingredients, Coco & Eve’s Deep Clean Scalp Scrub gives itchy, neglected scalps a healthy dose of tropical TLC. Whether you’re battling with product build-up, excess oil, flakes, or just treating yourself to a moment of self-care, our deeply hydrating, caffeine-infused formula will transform your scalp. And strands.
Sulfate-free and vegan, the scrub is safe for all hair types and refreshes the scalp with peppermint oil, while helping to strengthen hair follicles. What more could you want!
2. NatureLab TOKYO| Perfect Shine Clarifying Scalp Scrub
Looking for a scalp scrub for dandruff? Try the Perfect Shine Clarifying Scalp Scrub. With clean ingredients and exfoliating sugar crystals, this little beauty does a great job of cleansing your scalp of greasy product build-up. Promoting a healthy scalp with probiotic-rich sake water and a gentle, detoxifying formula, this rich, foaming scrub is your go-to for reviving greasy, oily hair.
3. Christophe Robin | Purifying Scalp Scrub with Sea Salt
Did you know that the Christophe Robin Purifying Scalp Scrub with Sea Salt’s formula was originally created for in-salon colour treatments to help remove residue? Now you do. It’s since been transformed into a beloved replenishing scalp care product. And it’s definitely one to consider for your next self-care Sunday.
4. R+Co | Crown Scalp
Every queen demands her crown and you can wear the R+Co Crown Scalp proudly. This light, multi-tasking scrub features salicylic acid, ivory palm seed powder, and kaolin clay. Specially made to repair sensitive and oily scalps, it has a royally great reputation. So, why not give it a go?
5. Davines | SOLU Sea Salt Scrub
On Wednesdays we wear pink, but on other days we use pink sea salts to deep clean our scalps. Giving your hair a brand-new life, this impurity-fighting paste deep cleans your scalp in no time by gently removing gunk and dirt. Enriched with sea salt, beer sugar extract, and jojoba scrubbing beads, it also encourages healthy new growth. Lush lengths, here we come!
6. Oribe | Serene Scalp Exfoliating Scrub
7. Briogeo | Scalp Shampoo
8. OUAI | Scalp and Body Scrub
9. Ouidad | Heavy Lifting Bubbling Scalp Mask
10. The INKEY List| Glycolic Acid Exfoliating Scalp Scrub
The secret to a healthy scalp? A gentle yet powerful scrub to remove dirt, dead skin cells, excess oils, and product build-up. While finding the right scrub can be a little tricky, our best scalp scrub guide will give you plenty of options to explore. Or, if you’re looking for a hydrating, soothing and exfoliating product that’s free from nasties, you can’t go past our Deep Clean Scalp Scrub!
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Edited By: Pip Jarvis & Iris