Scalp scrubs are a great way to get beautiful, healthy tresses while eliminating product build up on your scalp.

Because sometimes, a simple shampoo just isn’t enough to tackle our hair issues, and we have to resort to something more intensive to add to our hair care routine.

This is where scalp scrubs come in, as scalp health is as important as hair health. So, in our article, we’ll be covering what scalp scrubs are, their benefits, how to use them, and the best scalp scrubs in Malaysia.

(One more thing: If you wear a hijab, you should really check out our hijab hair care cheat sheet too!)

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What are scalp scrubs

Scalp Scrubs what are scalp scrubs Polina Tankilevitch

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Scalp scrubs are pretty self-explanatory, they are scrubs designed for your scalp. Think of the body scrubs that you use for your legs and arms, only less harsh.

They exfoliate the scalp, removing product build up, dirt, excess oil, and dead skin cells that inevitably gather at your roots.

This can be great for those who have excessive skin build up such as dandruff, eczema, psoriasis, or seborrheic dermatitis too.

Scalp scrubs benefits

Scalp Scrubs benefits XFrame

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A scalp scrub can help to remove excess build-up of sebum that may not have been cleansed thoroughly by your shampoo, helping to reduce potential irritation and dandruff.

Scrubs are also used to eliminate the build-up caused by hair products, which can be especially useful if you don’t wash your hair every day or use dry shampoo.

Keeping your scalp healthy has also been shown to stimulate healthy hair growth, so a scalp scrub may be key to doing so.

How to use scalp scrubs

Scalp Scrubs how to use Jalen Hueser

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If you’re new to using scalp scrubs, don’t be worried as it is super easy to incorporate it into your shower routine without adding too much time.

Generally used after washing and rinsing your hair, you apply the scrub through the part line and massage it in without using your fingernails.

After the scrub is massaged into the scalp, rinse, and condition as usual. Then, you’re done and can enjoy a freshly cleansed scalp.

Best scalp scrubs in Malaysia

Be.hairful Scrub For Scalp

Be.hairful Scrub For Scalp

You’ll be surprised to know that this scalp scrub uses volcanic rock as an exfoliant, which allows for deep cleansing and scalp purifying.

Although not suitable for sensitive scalps, you can use it for normal scalps, dry scalps, hair loss, dandruff, and oily scalps.

It retails for RM32.60.

Shopee

Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt

Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt

This scalp scrub is created with 100% plant-based active ingredients and uses sea salt as a natural exfoliant.

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

It retails for RM230.

Sephora

Coco & Eve Like A Virgin Deep Clean Scalp Scrub

Coco & Eve Like A Virgin Deep Clean Scalp Scrub

Regarding exfoliation, this scalp scrub uses several exfoliants: volcanic Ash, AHAs, BHA, and coconut shell powder.

Ideally used as a pre-shampoo treatment, it combats oil build-up at the roots.

It retails for RM165.

Sephora

dpHUE Apple Cider Vinegar Scalp Scrub with Pink Himalayan Sea Salt

dpHUE Apple Cider Vinegar Scalp Scrub with Pink Himalayan Sea Salt Safe for sensitive scalp

If you love the smell of apple cider vinegar, you’re going to be obsessed with this product.

Gentle enough for all hair types, you can use this even if you have a sensitive scalp or eczema issues.

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

You should not leave this scalp scrub on longer than 10 minutes time as it is specially designed to work fast.

It uses plant cellulose exfoliating beads along with a stable and supercharged AHA/BHA acid blend to deeply cleanse the scalp.

It retails for US$36 (~RM158.33).

Ulta

Fekkai Apple Cide Detox Scrub

Fekkai Apple Cide Detox Scrub Fresh scent

This scalp scrub smells more like a fresh, crisp scent of green apple and juicy citrus.

What’s great is that this is safe for all hair types including chemically and colour-treated hair and is cruelty-free, clean, vegan, and totally sustainable.

It retails for US$36 (~RM158.33).

Ulta

Frank Body Stimulating Scalp Scrub

Frank Body Stimulating Scalp Scrub

This product will detoxify your scalp while giving you healthy hair as it is made with natural ingredients like coffee and rosemary.

Mint lovers are going to fall hard for this scrub thanks to its eucalyptus and peppermint ingredients.

It retails for US$18.95 (~RM83.34).

Ulta

Ikoo Cleansing Scalp Scrub

Ikoo Cleansing Scalp Scrub

Made with sea salt, this scrub lathers up into a foam for better infusion and a deeper cleanse.

It also contains the antioxidant-rich hibiscus extract, which helps to hydrate the scalp.

It retails for RM107.

Sephora

Kristin Ess Hair Instant Exfoliating Scalp Scrub

Kristin Ess Hair Instant Exfoliating Scalp Scrub

Vegan and cruelty-free, this scalp scrub uses a sugar complex to keep natural moisture intact.

It is safe for coloured hair and keratin-treated hair as it uses proprietary zip-up technology to target damaged hair.

It retails for US$15 (~RM65.97).

Ulta

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

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

This scrub can detoxify your scalp thanks to its apricot seed exfoliants.

You can use this as often as needed, as long as you remember to follow up with your shampoo and conditioner.

It retails for US$12.99 (~RM57.13).

Ulta

NatureLab TOKYO Perfect Shine Clarifying Scalp Scrub

NatureLab TOKYO Perfect Shine Clarifying Scalp Scrub

A zen-inducing 3-in-1 foaming scalp scrub, it is made up of gentle exfoliating sugar crystals, probiotic sake water, and hyaluronic acid.

It also contains antioxidant-rich grape stem cell, pearl extract, and platinum fibre.

It retails for US$17 (~RM74.77).

Ulta

Nexxus Clean & Pure Scalp Scrub

Nexxus Clean & Pure Scalp Scrub

This one is gentle enough to be used every day, compared to most scrubs which are for weekly use.

Formulated with an exclusive blend of elastin protein and marine minerals, you’ll be able to maintain smooth and silky hair.

It retails for US$16.99 (~RM74.72).

Ulta

Not Your Mother's Curl Talk Exfoliating Scalp Scrub

Not Your Mother's Curl Talk Exfoliating Scalp Scrub Great for curls

More suitable for those with curly hair, it is formulated with a superfood oil blend that doesn’t strip your hair of its natural moisture.

We love the citrus and jasmine scent as well as how easy it is to rinse out.

It retails for US$8.99 (~RM39.54).

Ulta

Ouai Scalp & Body Scrub

Ouai Scalp & Body Scrub For scalp and body

This is a gentle and multitasking product that can be used on both your scalp and your body.

Sugar crystals cleanse and soften the skin, while a dose of probiotics boosts your skin’s natural protective barrier.

It retails for RM178.

Sephora

Rizos Curls Detox Scalp Scrub

Rizos Curls Detox Scalp Scrub

This scalp scrub uses naturally-derived and biodegradable exfoliants.

Vegan and cruelty-free, it is also formulated with aloe vera, pink clay, peppermint oil, arnica extract, and moringa oil.

It retails for US$27.99 (~RM123.10).

Ulta

Rosemary Detox Scalp Scrub

Rosemary Detox Scalp Scrub

For all hair types, this scalp scrub is designed to be used once a week.

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

It retails for US$11 (~RM48.38).

Ulta

Sephora Collection Cleansing Scalp Scrub

Sephora Collection Cleansing Scalp Scrub

Ideally used once a week, you can use this in placement of your regular shampoo.

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

It retails for RM90.

Sephora

Sukin Natural Balance Scalp Scrub

Sukin Natural Balance Scalp Scrub With cooling effect

If you don’t like salt and sugar scrubs, this is a good alternative as it uses bamboo powder instead.

You can also enjoy the refreshing blend of peppermint and ginger extract that provides a cooling effect.

It retails for RM69.90.

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 product build-up and excess sebum.

You can use this in place of your regular shampoo, with some reviewers even using it on their children’s hair.

It retails for US$14.99 (~RM65.93).

Ulta

The Inkey List Glycolic Acid Exfoliating Scalp Scrub

The Inkey List Glycolic Acid Exfoliating Scalp Scrub

This scalp scrub is great for all hair and scalp type and uses castor beads as its physical exfoliant.

It also contains chemical exfoliants and sebum regulators, so you can maintain the balance of your scalp.

It retails for RM130.

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Featured image credit: Pavel Danilyuk & Ashley Maree Beauty

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