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.
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.
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.