Ouai Haircare

12 Exfoliating Scalp Scrubs That Help With Dandruff & Buildup

"I love having itchy hair," said no one, ever. Just about everyone has dealt with the kind of itch that's only relieved when massaged with the tip of a bobby-pin... and that discomfort can take away the joy of a shiny new updo or protective style. Especially when the assembly can come undone with just one scratch. That's where dandruff and buildup-fighting scalp scrubs save the day.

Great looking hair starts at the root with a healthy scalp, which is why it should be treated like the MVP of your entire haircare routine. These hair exfoliators are created specifically to rid your scalp of excess sebum and dead skin cells. Clarifying ingredients such as apple cider vinegar and sea salt, common ingredients found in many popular scrubs, work to detox dandruff and trapped bacteria caused by sweat and heavy, greasy products. And ingredients like aloe vera and avocado oil provide the area with the TLC it needs to stay balanced.

For the natural hair readers wondering — yes, scalp scrubs work on curls and coils, too. They won't dry out your hair, as long as they're applied directly to the problem areas. "If you have thicker hair, or worry about the product not reaching your scalp, you can divide your hair into four sections and apply in sub-sections using a comb, applicator brush, or old toothbrush," celebrity hairstylist Monae Everett tells TZR. Also be sure to fully rinse your scrub out after massaging to avoid leftover product. "Rinse way longer than you think is appropriate," Everett suggests.

Ahead, see 12 of the best scrubs that will reveal your best scalp ever.

Scalp & Body Scrub


Ouai Haircare

Apple Cider Vinegar Scalp Scrub With Pink Himalayan Sea Salt



Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt


Christophe Robin

Scalp Revival Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo



Dream Come True Wonderful Scalp Exfoliator


Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture

Green Coconut & Activated Charcoal Purifying & Hydrating Exfoliating Hair Mud



Scrub Shampoo


Le Labo

Deep Micro-Exfoliating Scalp Treatment



Stimulating Scalp Mask


Philip Kingsley

Activated Bamboo Charcoal & Purple Moonstone Restore & Reclaim Scalp Scrub


Not Your Mother's

G.Tox Himalayan Salt Scalp Scrub Shampoo



Scalp Detox


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