Some days, your hair just isn't going to cooperate. It's an unfortunate truth, at least made easier by the fact that current accessory trends like headbands, scrunchies, or cleverly placed hair clips can help hide a bad hair day. But what if your hair's lack of luster actually pointed to a missing step in your mane maintenance routine? It could all come down to the fact that your tresses are in need of a major detox (something a trendy hair adornment simply won't be able to provide). Instead, turn to one of the best scalp scrubs that beauty buffs can't get enough of — the reviews alone are proof that they'll provide the reset your strands have been hoping for.
Lately, it's become increasingly apparent that a hair care routine isn't complete with shampoo and conditioner alone. More than ever, hair brands have bought into the idea that your scalp requires some extra attention — a belief that makes plenty of sense after all, considering the fact that healthy hair stems from the roots. But with so many scalp scrub products floating around out there, how do you figure out which ones are legitimate? By turning to your fellow shoppers of course, because a five-star review will instantly reveal the real winners.
You'll be happy to hear that adding a whole new product into your hair routine doesn't have to cost a lot — in fact, some of the highest-rated scalp scrubs will run you less than $15 at some of your favorite stores. Over at Target, Nexxus' Clean and Pure Scalp Scrub, $14.99, and SheaMoisture's Pre-Shampoo Scalp Scrub, $9.99, are tied for 4.4 stars thanks to formulas that smell great, cleanse effectively, and leave hair looking healthy. Nexxus' iteration can actually be used in place of your shampoo about once a week, while SheaMoisture's formula as well as Kristin Ess' cult-loved scrub, $14, should be applied as a pre-shampoo detox treatment.
If you're in the mood to treat yourself (and your scalp), you can't go wrong with OUAI's Scalp & Body Scrub, $38, which is beloved for its heavenly scent and versatility. Use it from head to toe for your cleanest, softest hair and skin ever. Or opt for the holy grail of hair scrubs, Christophe Robin's Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt, $53, which boasts over 600 five-star reviews at Sephora thanks to the magic it works on troubled tresses (but let it be known that Sephora's in-house brand boasts a budget-friendly version too at just $7 with a 4.6-star rating).
Got hair that's in need of a little help? Keep scrolling to shop nine of the most loved scalp scrubs that will totally transform your tresses from root to tip.
Fans of this 4.4-star rated scalp scrub love that it doesn't just smell amazing, but it can also be used once or twice a week in place of your shampoo to deep clean and sweep away any buildup for a fresh start.
When cult-loved hair line Kristin Ess added a scalp care collection, it instantly became popular. The range's scrub uses sugar to gently exfoliate at the roots to remove buildup without stripping hair — it'll leave your strands feeling soft and bouncy, not dry or stiff.
Fans of SheaMoisture's 4.4-star scrub especially love that it comes with an applicator head that helps the scrub get down deep into your roots. Use it once a week to break up the build up on your scalp.
With over 600 five-star reviews, Christophe Robin may be the most celebrated scalp scrub of all. It relies on a blend that includes sea salt and sweet almond oil to bring relief to flaky, dry, itchy scalps for hair that's instantly healthier, shinier, and more balanced.
Sephora shoppers say this salt scrub works nearly as well as the beloved Christophe Robin scrub, but at a much lower price. It's refreshing thanks to peppermint oil, and washes away impurities that can weigh your hair down. And at 4.6 stars, it's one of the most highly rated scrubs in the entire store.
Shoppers say this OUAI scrub is worth the buy because it doesn't take much to get effective results and a squeaky clean scalp. Plus, this one doubles as a body scrub, so you can get smooth skin from head to toe.
Drybar's On The Rocks Charcoal Scalp Scrub relies on sugar and activated charcoal to gently exfoliate, detoxify, and cleanse your scalp for healthier, happier hair. And with a 4.5-star rating, you can be pretty sure it's as effective as it claims.
Rich in Pink Himalayan Sea Salt, this scrub naturally exfoliates the scalp to remove product build-up, impurities, and dead skin cells. But this color protecting formula also includes Apple Cider Vinegar, Aloe Vera and Avocado Oil to rebalance your scalp's pH and soothe sensitive skin — which explains why it's got so many dedicated fans.
Over 80 percent of purchasers recommend this scalp scrub for how deeply it cleans your hair — it's a tough scrub that doesn't take its job lightly, sticking around until you shampoo it out along with all the buildup and impurities that weigh your tresses down.