Introducing your new haircare must-have!
Scalp scrubs are the new buzz, overtaking social media feeds everywhere! As we begin to understand the similarities between skincare and haircare, we need to start treating our scalps with the same TLC as our faces. In comes the scalp scrub. These shampoo-exfoliator hybrids treat unbalanced scalps to leave hair long and strong! Sounds dreamy right? Keep reading to find out how you can achieve visibly healthy hair.
What is a scalp scrub?
Scalp scrubs are a quick and easy addition to your shower routine, helping to exfoliate your scalp to remove product build-up and treat those nasty impurities like excessive oiliness, flakiness, and dryness. So, if you’re struggling to maintain your scalp or turn to dry shampoo to skip a wash day (or two), start using a scalp scrub stat!
A healthy scalp produces healthy hair, and scalp scrubs reap impressive benefits.
- Remove product build-up
- Detoxify daily grime
- Exfoliate flakiness and dead skin cells
- Hydrate dry scalps
- Balance oiliness
- Soothe itchiness
- Improve hair growth
- Prevent hair loss
Types of scalp scrubs:
Are you convinced yet? Before buying your first scalp scrub, you need to determine your scalp type and hair concerns. Scalp exfoliants come in a physical or chemical form.
Generally physical scrubs are used to treat flakiness, dandruff, and excessive oil and use ingredients that physically scrub your scalp. This can include products like salt, sugar, and charcoal alongside hydrating or soothing oils.
Chemical scrubs are great for removing dead skin cells, and contain AHAs and BHAs like salicylic, lactic, and glycolic acids. You’ve most likely heard of these chemical exfoliants in skincare products and would know the importance of choosing the right treatment for your skin type! Like skincare, it’s best to speak to a professional before using a scrub if you have pre-existing scalp conditions like acne, eczema, or psoriasis.
Our top picks:
The Kevin Murphy Scalp Spa Scrub is a pre-wash scalp exfoliator that uses Perlite, Micellar Water and Celery Seed Extract to gently cleanse the scalp. This luxurious scrub removes impurities and excess oil and hydrates for optimal scalp health and hair growth. This scrub is perfect for people with thicker hair because the Perlite exfoliant doesn’t dissolve, allowing you to really get down to your scalp to scrub the dirt away. Simply apply to wet hair and massage it into your scalp as the first step in your routine. Rinse, then continue with your routine as normal.
Fun fact – it also doubles as a body wash too!
This unique scalp scrub is the perfect for those suffering from a dry, irritated, and flaky scalp. Developed using Charcoal, egetable-derived micro-exfoliators, a blend of natural oils and super-vitamins, Briogeo’s Scalp Revival Exfoliating Shampoo detoxifies, exfoliates, soothes and balances to support a clean, balanced, and healthy scalp. Just apply to wet hair and vigorously massage into the scalp and through to the ends. Rinse and apply your favourite post-shampoo treatment or conditioner.
The Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub is a multi-award-winning scalp revitaliser that helps restore balance to sensitive or oily scalps. With key ingredients of Sea Salt, Chamomile and Sweet Almond Oil, this treatment helps to stimulate blood flow to the scalp, promoting scalp health and hair growth. It also rebalances the scalps pH by removing build-up, soothing irritation and nourishes and hydrates. Use it once or twice a week by massaging into damp hair and lathering. Rinse thoroughly and condition according to your hair type and texture.
Formulated with a stable, supercharged blend of AHAs and BHAs that rapidly breakdown and dissolve dead skin cells and product build-up, the Drunk Elephant T.L.C Happi Scalp Scrub is the secret to a healthy scalp and fuller hair. Developed collaboration with celebrity hairstylist Chris McMillan, the scrub also features antioxidants and fatty acid rich plant oils to moisturise hair and boost shine. Before showering, apply to dry hair and massage in. Let sit for 10 minutes before rinsing out and follow with shampoo and conditioner.
This innovate Detox Scalp Mask from Malin + Goetz is an innovative gel-to-foam scalp mask that deeply purifies the scalp whilst removing any excess oil, build-up, and impurities. Using Salicylic Acid and Alpha Hydroxy Acids, it gently exfoliates and leaves the scalp cleansed and refreshed alongside Safflower and coconut oils that moisturise and condition. Simply massage into dry hair and leave for 5 minutes. Rinse and follow with conditioner.
It can vary between brands and your own scalp health, but as a general rule of thumb, it’s best to use a scrub no more than once a week. Use it in place of your regular shampoo by wetting your hair and massaging it in before rinsing and following with your favourite conditioner. Then, wrap your hair up with your Louvelle Hair Towel Wrap to dry.
Crafted from a luxurious and lightweight microfibre material, Louvelle Hair Towel Wraps protect fragile wet hair that is prone to damage, friction, and frizz by drying your hair in half the time of a regular towel – They also look super chic and come in various gorgeous designs to upgrade your post-shower routine.