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Scalp scrubs can be a great way to get rid of product build-up on your scalp and give you beautiful healthy locks.

In the past, we’ve covered a lot about how to take care of your hair by using the best shampoos as well as ones for oily scalps.

But sometimes, a simple shampoo just doesn’t cut it, and we have to reach for something a little more intensive for our scalp.

This is where scalp scrubs come into play, as taking care of your scalp is more important than you may think.

Ahead, we’ll tell you what scalp scrubs are, what they can do for your hair and scalp, and where you can find the best ones in Singapore.

What are scalp scrubs?

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Scalp scrubs are exactly what you might think: they are scrubs designed for your scalp. They are much like the body scrubs that you use for your legs and arms, only far gentler.

These scrubs exfoliate the scalp to remove product build up, dirt, excess oil, and dead skin cells that can collect at the roots of your hair.

It can be a great product to add to your routine if you are suffering from excess skin build-up such as dandruff, eczema, psoriasis, or seborrheic dermatitis too.

The benefits of scalp scrubs

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A scalp scrub can help to reduce potential irritation and dandruff caused by excess oil as it can cleanse excess sebum that was missed by your shampoo.

Scrubs can also remove the build-up of hair products, which is very useful if you don’t wash your hair daily or use a lot of dry shampoo.

Scalp scrubs may be key in stimulating healthy hair growth, as studies have shown a correlation between good scalp health and hair growth.

How to use a scalp scrub

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Never tried a scalp scrub before? There’s no need to worry as it is super easy to incorporate it into your shower routine without adding much time.

After you have washed and rinsed your hair, apply the scrub through your part line and massage it in. Be careful not to use your fingernails for this step.

Once the scrub is fully massaged into the scalp, go ahead and rinse and condition as usual. After that, you are done and can enjoy a nice clean scalp.

Best scalp scrubs in Singapore

Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt

Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt

Created with 100% plant active ingredients, this scalp scrub uses sea salt as a natural exfoliant.

It can also be used as a post-colour treatment to remove chemical residues embedded in the scalp.

It retails for S$34.

Sephora

Coco & Eve Like A Virgin Deep Clean Scalp Scrub

Coco & Eve Like A Virgin Deep Clean Scalp Scrub

Volcanic ash, AHAs, BHA, and coconut shell powder combine to exfoliate while caffeine fortifies and peppermint essential oil soothes the scalp.

This scalp scrub is ideally used as a pre-shampoo treatment to combat oil build-up at the roots.

It retails for S$53.

Sephora

dpHUE Apple Cider Vinegar Scalp Scrub with Pink Himalayan Sea Salt

dpHUE Apple Cider Vinegar Scalp Scrub with Pink Himalayan Sea Salt

Apple cider vinegar may not smell good, but we promise you’ll fall in love with this product from the first use.

It is gentle enough for all hair types, even those with sensitive scalps and eczema.

It retails for US$39 (~S$53.53).

Ulta

Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Happi Scalp Scrub

Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Happi Scalp Scrub

Specially designed to work fast, you should not leave this scalp scrub on longer than 10 minutes time.

This is because it uses a stable and supercharged AHA and BHA acid blend along with plant cellulose exfoliating beads to deeply cleanse the scalp.

It retails for S$52.

Sephora

Fekkai Apple Cide Detox Scrub

Fekkai Apple Cide Detox Scrub

Safe for all hair types including chemically and colour-treated hair, this scalp scrub has a fresh, crisp scent of green apple and juicy citrus.

What’s great is that this is cruelty-free, clean, vegan, and totally sustainable.

It retails for US$36 (~S$49.41).

Ulta

Frank Body Stimulating Scalp Scrub

Frank Body Stimulating Scalp Scrub

Made with natural ingredients like coffee and rosemary, this product will detoxify your scalp while giving you healthy hair.

Mint lovers are going to fall hard for this scrub, as it uses eucalyptus and peppermint for a fresh scent.

It retails for US$18.95 (~S$26.01).

Ulta

Ikoo Cleansing Scalp Scrub

Ikoo Cleansing Scalp Scrub

Made with sea salt, this scrub turns into a foam to help the infusion spread deeper into the roots for a better cleanse.

It also contains hibiscus extract, which is rich in vitamins and helps to hydrate the scalp.

It retails for S$37.

Sephora

Kristin Ess Hair Instant Exfoliating Scalp Scrub

Kristin Ess Hair Instant Exfoliating Scalp Scrub

Vegan and cruelty-free, this is safe for coloured hair and keratin-treated hair.

It uses a sugar complex to keep natural moisture intact, as well as proprietary zip-up technology to target damaged hair.

It retails for US$15 (~S$20.59).

Ulta

L'Oreal EverPure Sulfate-Free Scalp Care + Detox Scrub

L'Oreal EverPure Sulfate-Free Scalp Care + Detox Scrub

This scalp scrub provides a deep cleanse thanks to its apricot seed exfoliant.

You’ll be glad to know that you can use this as often as needed. Just remember to follow up with your shampoo and conditioner.

It retails for US$12.99 (~S$17.83).

Ulta

NatureLab TOKYO Perfect Shine Clarifying Scalp Scrub

NatureLab TOKYO Perfect Shine Clarifying Scalp Scrub

This is a zen-inducing three-in-one foaming scalp scrub that uses gentle exfoliating sugar crystals, probiotic sake water, and hyaluronic acid.

You can also expect antioxidant-rich grape stem cells and pearl extract as well as platinum fibre to provide extra shine.

It retails for S$32.

Shopee

Nexxus Clean & Pure Scalp Scrub

Nexxus Clean & Pure Scalp Scrub

While most scrubs were formulated for weekly use, this one is gentle enough to be used every day.

It is formulated with ProteinFusion, which is an exclusive blend of elastin protein and marine minerals for smooth hair.

It retails for US$16.99 (~S$23.32).

Ulta

Not Your Mother's Curl Talk Exfoliating Scalp Scrub

Not Your Mother's Curl Talk Exfoliating Scalp Scrub

This scalp scrub is more suitable for those with curly hair. It is formulated with a superfood oil blend that doesn’t dry out your hair.

You’ll love the citrus and jasmine scent, and how easy it is to rinse out too.

It retails for US$8.99 (~S$12.34).

Ulta

Ouai Scalp & Body Scrub

Ouai Scalp & Body Scrub

A multitasking product, you can use this gentle scrub on both your scalp and your body.

It uses sugar crystals to cleanse and soften the skin, while a dose of probiotics gives your skin a boost in protection.

It retails for S$61.

Sephora

Rizos Curls Detox Scalp Scrub

Rizos Curls Detox Scalp Scrub

Vegan and cruelty-free, this scalp scrub uses naturally-derived and biodegradable exfoliants.

It is also formulated with aloe vera, pink clay, peppermint oil, arnica extract, and moringa oil.

It retails for US$27.99 (~S$38.42).

Ulta

Rosemary Detox Scalp Scrub

Rosemary Detox Scalp Scrub

This scalp scrub is designed to be used once a week and is suitable for all hair types.

You’ll love the blend of sea salt, jojoba, rosemary, and charcoal, which combine for a deep cleanse.

It retails for US$11 (~S$15.10).

Ulta

Sephora Collection Cleansing Scalp Scrub

Sephora Collection Cleansing Scalp Scrub

This scrub is ideally used once a week in replacement of your shampoo for a deeper cleanse.

Formulated with 90% ingredients from natural origin, it is enriched with apple cider vinegar which adds shine to your hair.

It retails for S$29.

Sephora

Sukin Natural Balance Scalp Scrub

Sukin Natural Balance Scalp Scrub

If you don’t enjoy salt or sugar scrubs, this might be a good alternative as it uses bamboo powder as an exfoliant.

You’ll also enjoy the refreshing blend of peppermint and ginger extract, while horsetail, burdock, and nettle maintain scalp balance.

It retails for S$28.

Shopee

Sun Bum Detox Scalp Scrub

Sun Bum Detox Scalp Scrub

Formulated with apple cider vinegar, sugar, banana, and blue agave, this scalp scrub clears sebum and product build-up.

You can use this product in place of your regular shampoo to keep your hair healthy and strong.

It retails for US$14.99 (~S$20.58).

Ulta

The Body Shop Tea Tree Purifying & Balancing Hair & Scalp Scrub

The Body Shop Tea Tree Purifying & Balancing Hair & Scalp Scrub

Made with 90% ingredients of natural origin, this scalp scrub is certified vegan.

Perfect for oily scalps, this uses organically-grown Community Fair Trade tea tree oil from Kenya and exfoliating salt crystals.

It retails for S$31.

Shopee

The Inkey List Glycolic Acid Exfoliating Scalp Scrub

The Inkey List Glycolic Acid Exfoliating Scalp Scrub

Great for all hair and scalp types, this scalp scrub uses castor beads as its physical exfoliant.

It also uses 7% glycolic acid as a chemical exfoliant and 2.5% SymControl® Scalp as a sebum regulator.

It retails for S$26.05.

Shopee

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