The 7 Best Scalp Scrub for Your Hair Type
Have you used dry shampoo in the last month? What about hairspray? If you answered yes to either of those questions, it’s probably time to add a weekly scalp scrub into your routine. Styling products, pollution and sweat can cause buildup, flakes and itchiness that a regular shampoo and conditioner regimen simply can’t remedy. But thanks to these seven scalp scrubs—each of which targets a specific hair type—your locks will be as healthy as ever. Go ahead, dry shampoo to your heart’s content.
Curly Hair: Sheamoisture Green Coconut & Activated Charcoal Exfoliating Hair Mud
If your curly locks require a cocktail of products on a daily basis, so you’ll need a scrub that’s going to clear out all that product debris. This one uses green coconut, activated charcoal and sugar (instead of salt) to dissolve build up without completely drying out your locks.
Dandruff: Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo
Oh, Briogeo, where does our love begin? First, there’s the detoxifying charcoal and hydrating coconut oil that works together to draw out impurities while preventing flakes. Then there’s the peppermint, spearmint and tea tree oil trifecta that cools on contact to reduce itchiness, irritation and the annoying dandruff that comes with it.
Oily Hair: R+Co CROWN Scalp Scrub
This scrub features our good friend salicylic acid, to help zap oil at the root. But this R+Co formula doesn’t stop there—it’s also formulated with kaolin clay (the same ingredient in many clarifying face masks), which absorbs excess oil while creating body and fullness.
Fine Hair: Davines Solu Sea Salt Scrub Cleanser
Made with all-natural, ethically sourced ingredients, this sea salt scalp scrub gently removes gunk and pollution particles, which can dull your hair’s vibrancy. When used regularly, it has a texturizing effect, which helps to boost volume on fine strands, without using additional products that can weigh hair down.
Color-Treated Hair: IGK Low Key Cleansing Walnut Scalp Scrub
If you’ve ever tried an apple cider vinegar rinse, this scrub is sort of like that, but you won’t smell like salad dressing for the rest of the day. It’s formulated with ACV to clarify and balance the scalp pH (which prevents flakiness) and sugar granules to gently exfoliate and remove any buildup that’s already there. But it won’t strip out color or cause dullness—it even has UV-filtering ingredients to keep your highlights looking fresh for the long haul.
Itchy Scalp: dpHUE Apple Cider Vinegar Scalp Scrub
Next time you feel an itchy scalp coming on, reach for this scrub. The apple cider vinegar helps to rebalance pH levels, while semi-coarse salt crystals remove dead skin cells and unclog pores to eliminate itch. It’s also infused with aloe vera and avocado oil to help nourish and hydrate.
Dry Hair: OUAI Scalp and Body Scrub
This multitasking product scrubs away impurities while intensely hydrating both your body and scalp. Thanks to fatty acid-rich coconut oil, it won’t dry hair out and the addition of probiotics balances your scalp’s natural bacteria levels, meaning dryness and itchiness will be a thing of the past.