5 Scalp Scrubs For Every Budget — Including One That’s Cheaper Than a Latte
In a world where shampooing is damn near taboo and we’re in deeply committed relationships with our conditioners and styling products, buildup is inevitable. The solution? Exfoliating your scalp. Scalp scrubs are everywhere lately and can help you achieve a clean-feeling scalp without stripping hair of its natural moisture. We’ve rounded up five of our favorite scalp scrubs ahead, from the Instagrammable option with a handy, pointy tip to the micro-exfoliator we’ve been reaching for once a week.
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There are few things we enjoy more than an affordable beauty buy, which is why we’re big fans of the L’Oréal Ever Fresh Micro-Exfoliating Scrub. It’s cheaper than most lattes (only $5), gently exfoliates using apricot seeds and leaves hair feeling squeaky clean but not stripped.
Formulated with two sizes of sugar crystal for both macro- and micro-exfoliation, the Kristin Ess Instant Exfoliating Scalp Scrub is a fan-favorite. The sugar crystals ensure your hair doesn’t lose its natural moisture while also giving you a cleaner canvas for your masks and conditioners. Apply this scrub directly to your scalp for best results and feel free to use it as often as your scalp tolerates (Ess recommends once a week for sensitive scalps).
The Shea Moisture African Black Soap Bamboo Charcoal Pre-Shampoo Scalp Scrub is designed for pre-wash and post-protective styling care, making it a must-have for people with natural hair. Charcoal helps lift impurities and flakey buildup, while tea tree oil, willow bark extract and African black soap work together to leave the scalp feeling refreshed. This scrub only takes five minutes to work its magic, so it’s an easy add to your wash-day routine.
The Christophe Robin Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt is designed to help you go longer between shampoos. Sea salt is a natural exfoliant that dissolves with water. The salt also helps to balance excess oil, so greasy-scalp girls — this one’s for you.
For deep micro-exfoliation, we recommend the Kiehl’s Deep Micro-Exfoliating Scalp Treatment, which contains micronized Apricot Seed and Argan Shells. It’s great for scrubbing away dead skin without stripping your hair’s moisture and works on dry and oily scalps alike.