If you haven’t introduced a scalp scrub for your hair into your weekly beauty routine, where have you been? Scalp scrubs are now a beauty mainstay, and just as you’d slough off the dead skin on your arms, legs, face, and the rest of your bod, your scalp needs a decent (but not too deep) exfoliate too.
What is a scalp scrub?
Designed to buff away product build-up (ahem, dry shampoo), dislodge excess sweat and sebum, and clear out those hair follicles. Experts have found that a healthy scalp is key to brilliant, bouncy hair and can cure a list of hair ills from thinning hair and dandruff to promoting hair growth and turning dry, damaged strands into the silkiest you’ve laid eyes on.
"It is important to understand that, like the skin on your face, your scalp benefits from gentle weekly exfoliation," says Philip Kingsley Brand President and Consultant Trichologist, Anabel Kingsley. "An exfoliating mask helps to remove dead skin cells and flakes and can improve the overall health of your scalp", she adds.
When to use a scalp scrub
Hair experts recommend using a scalp scrub once a week to reach the areas shampoo can’t, and to give the scalp a deep cleanse. Use pre-shampoo on wet or damp hair, and post-exfoliation, shampoo and condition as normal.
There are so many scalp scrubs on the market that we’ve narrowed it down to the best, from Ouai’s A-List favourite formula to Hairburst’s five-star wonder and more.
How I chose the best scalp scrubs
- Personal opinion: I have tried a lot of hair products, scalp scrubs included, having worked in the beauty industry for years. In this edit, you'll find scalp scrubs I've either tried or from brands I swear by.
- Trusted reviews: Not all of the products included have been personally tested, and I've meticulously combed through the reviews to include those that are praised the most.
- Price: I've been mindful to include products to suit all budgets, from small to large.