If your a true beauty junkie like us, we are almost positive you are already using a skin and body scrub in your routine, but what about your scalp? Just like our skin, our scalp needs just as much love and is one of the most overlooked parts of our body simply because we can’t see it. Trust us when we say that if you care for your scalp half as much as you do for your skin you will be lead to a hair nirvana; voluminous locks, beyond-belief shine and overall scalp well-being.

What is a hair scrub?

Only our latest hair care obsession! Our scalp is a place where we should definitely be paying attention to, it’s where our hair comes to life. The hair follicle begins four millimetres below the scalp surface and when it does come through, a nourished and healthy environment supports our hair to thrive. A scalp scrub, or scalp exfoliator, is designed to detox the scalp while removing product build up, dead skin cells and excess oil. Often powered by sea salt, sugar or AHA’s, scalp scrubs are formulated to create an optimal environment for healthy hair.

Why Is It Important To Exfoliate Your Scalp?

We know this is Beauty 101, but for those who are still confused of this whole scrub phenomena, exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. This reveals the newer, more vital skin below. Although over time our body naturally replaces dead skins with new ones, this process can be slow and uneven. To bring it back to scalp care, using a scalp scrub will remove oil, dandruff and deeply encrusted dirt all while stimulation the scalps natural renewal process. The effect is visible from the roots all the way to the tips.

How Do I Use A Hair Scrub?

While it may sound slightly daunting, scalp exfoliation is simple and leaves your tresses feeling amazing. For best results, we recommend in incorporating your hair scrub into your hair-care routine once a week, maximum twice a week to avoid causing irritation.  Replace your first shampoo with your chosen scrub and spend a few minutes massaging into the scalp before rinsing. This is also a perfect time to follow with your favourite deep conditioning mask for a luxury hair experience at home. Use any serums and styling products as usual.

Is An Exfoliant Scrub Harsh On The Hair And Scalp?

A scalp scrub will not leave the hair or scalp feeling stripped or irritated if used at a correct frequency – a gentle touch is always best. One of our favourite things about scalp scrubs is that it can benefit all hair types; even those who feel their hair is dry or more sensitised than usual. As scrubs are designed to remove impurities at the roots, expect your mane to grow faster as it’s environment is being nurtured and cared for.

Not sure where to begin in deciding which scalp scrub is right for you? Discover some of our favourites below and be on your way to achieving weightless, shiny and voluminous hair. 

oribe serene scalp exfoliating scrub

What It Does: Gently removes dead skin, oil, dirt and product build up on the scalp while cleansing and detoxifying  pores to purify the scalp.

Powered By: Soft polymer beads, blend of Alpha Hydroxy Acids, Peppermint Oil, Glycolic Acid

More To Love: While it can be used for a variety of reasons (including clearing out buildup), also specifically targets hair thinning and protects against breakage.

r + co crown scalp scrub

What It Does: Soothes and cleanses at the same time as detoxing and rebalancing the scalp. Leaves hair feeling shiny and healthy.

Powered By: Salicylic Acid which optimises follicle health and Kaoline,

More To Love: Ideal for sensitive scalps that are prone to irritation. Vegan and cruelty free and contains no parabens, sulfates, mineral oil or petroleum.

davines solu sea salt scrub cleanser

What It Does: Refreshes the scalp and removes impurities, product residues and polluting particles. It gives texture to the hair and keeps it clean and light for longer.

Powered By: Trapani Sea Salt: Rich in potassium and magnesium and low in sodium chloride. Provides cleansing with an exfoliating effect and adds texture to your hair.

More To Love: Winner Best Clarifying Treatment 2020, Women’s Health.