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8 New Drugstore Scalp Scrubs & Treatments At Target That Banish Dryness & Flakes

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When suddenly — seemingly out of nowhere — your hair starts acting up, it can be a real head-scratcher. Why is it seriously devoid of shine, softness, and body? What's up with the flourishing community of flakes that have taken up residence at your roots? Time to listen up, because your scalp might be itching to tell you something. If it's been awhile since you've treated your tresses to a little TLC, you'll want to grab one of these new drugstore scalp scrubs and treatments — after all, really great hair starts at the roots.

If you're currently battling a sudden bout of unmanageable, unhappy strands, you may want to take a closer look at your scalp. If your hair's not healthy at the roots, you can't expect a shiny, bouncy mane — makes sense right? So, it's imperative to give the surface of your scalp extra attention, to revitalize and rescue it from the dryness and buildup that causes extra oil, flakes, and other icky conditions.

And sure, you could shell out for pricier treatments that target your scalp to repair and restore balance, but why bother when there's more budget-friendly buys at your local Target that are equally effective? The superstore has scalp treatments for literally every hair type, and at under $15 each, you'll be able to get your mane back on track at a totally manageable price point.

If you're already a fan of Kristin Ess' pro-level products, you'll want to stock up on one of her latest launches, a collection fully dedicated to re-conditioning your scalp. Ess' new scalp collection launched on Jan. 4 and includes some deeply nourishing treatments that restore your hair at the roots, like her sugar-based Instant Exfoliating Scalp Scrub, $14, and her Anytime Anywhere Scalp + Hair Milk Oil, $14. Use the scrub in-shower before shampooing to ensure your strands get a super-deep clean, and apply a few drops of the bi-phase milk oil on wet or dry hair whenever you're in need of an extra dose of shine and softness.

Got naturally curly hair that's suddenly feeling dry, coarse, and and uncontrollable? Opt for a conditioning scalp treatment that's infused with natural oils to bring back your bounce. The new TXTR by Cantu Treat Oil + Vitamins Scalp Saver, $9.99, soaks your scalp in moisture and strengthens your hair to repair damage and restore your natural texture. And if you're feeling a little flaky, SheaMoisture African Black Soap Bamboo Charcoal Pre-Shampoo Scalp, $9.99, balances the scalp with charcoal and tea tree oil to banish flakes.

Dry and damaged hair is never fun, but it can be an unfortunate reality — especially in the winter. But you can keep flakes and uncomfortable conditions at bay, by scooping up an affordable, soothing scalp treatment during your next Target trip. Keep scrolling to shop some of the best new scalp scrubs and treatments, below.