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* Detox your scalp and remove impurities
* Remove product build up and dead skin
* Restore the state of your scalp and ward off hair loss
We take such great care to use the right products to keep our hair shiny and healthy, but we often overlook taking care of the one place where the hair growth actually starts. Exfoliation of the scalp is just as crucial as exfoliation of the skin, as it rids the hair of all the dead skin and product build-up that clog the pores on the scalp, which can ultimately lead to hair loss, scalp dryness, irritation and flakiness.
Below are some of our favorite scalp scrubs that work on all hair types to detox and rebalance the scalp. Whether you choose a pre-wash exfoliant or a scrub that also doubles as your shampoo, adding these products to your hair care routine will make your hair so much healthier and may ward off hair loss.
1. Not Your Mother’s Activated Bamboo Charcoal Scalp Scrub
The Restore & Reclaim Scalp Scrub by Not Your Mother’s is a gentle, pre-wash scalp exfoliant made with natural jojoba wax beads that work to detoxify and cleanse the scalp while absorbing impurities for a balanced pH. With activated bamboo charcoal and purple moonstone, this scrub will help clarify and remove build-up from the scalp, readying it for the next step which is shampoo and finishing with a moisturizing conditioner.
Not Your Mother's Activated Bamboo Charcoal & Purple Moonstone Restore & Reclaim Scalp Scrub
2. Earth Chemistry Lavender Sea Salt Shampoo
Earth Chemistry’s Lavender Sea Salt Shampoo is a 100% plant-based shampoo scrub that works to clean, remove build-up and provide fresh oxygen to your scalp. Made with three different grains of salt and minerals mined from a 250 million-year-old sea bed, this scrub delivers gentle yet thorough cleansing and pure therapeutic grade lavender essential oil to add a deeper clean without the use of harsh chemicals.
3. DPHUE Apple Cider Vinegar Scalp Scrub
DPHUE is known for their Apple Cider Vinegar-based products which are filled with vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes and fatty acids to ultimately restore the pH and health of the hair. Their Apple Cider Vinegar Scalp Scrub harnesses this ingredient along with pink Himalayan sea salt to naturally exfoliate the scalp, remove buildup for a healthy scalp. Infused with avocado oil and aloe vera to soothe and calm any irritation, this product also contains enhanced color locking technology, leaving hair shiny while keeping your color intact.
4. OUAI Scalp & Body Scrub
This two-in-one product works as a pre-wash treatment for the scalp and will remove product buildup and smooth out any dry patches in your skin. Sugar crystals deeply exfoliate the scalp without drying the hair while probiotics balance your skin’s natural bacteria levels. Coconut Oil rounds out this product with its fatty acids that will nourish and moisturize the scalp and body.
5. Briogeo Scalp Revival Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo
The Briogeo Scalp Revival Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo contains charcoal to draw impurities from the scalp and hair follicle which provides the foundation for optimal scalp health. Vegetable-derived micro-exfoliators remove dead skin cells and product buildup while a cooling blend of peppermint and spearmint oils reduce any itchy or irritated scalps. This award-winning shampoo also contains coconut oil to help deliver superior moisturization to the scalp to combat and prevent dryness and flakiness. Finally, it contains the super-vitamin enriched panthenol which provides essential nutrients leaving your hair clean, strengthened and shiny.
6. Christophe Robin Cleansing Scrub with Sea Salt
Lastly, the O.G. of cleansing scrubs is Christophe Robin’s Sea Salt Cleansing Scrub. This scrub might not have started the craze, but it certainly was at the forefront of it years before it became what it is today. This purifying, hydrating and soothing shampoo, while suitable for all hair types, is ideal for more sensitive or oily scalps. Its main ingredient is sea salt which is a natural exfoliant that dissolves with water and is what eliminates the impurities while promoting healthy blood circulation. This scrub is the ideal detox treatment and will deep clean, purify and restore balance to your scalp and can also be used as a post-color treatment to soothe any tingling caused by build-up.