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Top 10 Best Scalp Exfoliators to Buy Online 2020

We scoured the internet and pored over reviews to figure out what makes a great scalp exfoliator. In our research, we found that the best exfoliators fit seamlessly into your hair washing routine as either a treatment or exfoliating shampoo, use gentle physical or chemical exfoliants, and offer additional benefits like hydration and skin calming.

As with facial exfoliants, scalp exfoliators can either be made from gritty ingredients–like walnut shells, sugar crystals, and salt–or acids that cover the range of both AHAs and BHAs. Keeping these things in mind, we’ve put together a list of our favorite scalp exfoliators available online.
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Top 10 Best Scalp Exfoliators to Buy Online

As many of these exfoliators come with additional benefits for your scalp and hair, be sure to keep your hair type and needs in mind as you make your choice.

1. Girl+Hair Natural Hair Products Clear Plus Apple Cider Vinegar Clarifying Hair Rinse (10.1 fl. oz.)

$14.24

TypeRinse
ExfoliatorChemical: Apple cider vinegar (malic acid)
Use FrequencyOnce every week to two weeks
Additional BenefitsProtein to repair damaged hair, vitamin E for hair health

2. KMS Head Remedy Deep Cleanse Shampoo (25.4 fl. oz.)

$39.74

TypeShampoo
ExfoliatorChemical: Lactic acid and other AHAs
Use FrequencyCan be used daily
Additional BenefitsEvens out hair texture

3. Elizabeth Parker Naturals Cradle Cap Baby Scrub (8 fl. oz.)

$38.88

TypeScrub
ExfoliatorPhysical: Walnut shell powder
Use FrequencyUp to twice a week
Additional BenefitsMoisturizing, helps treat psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis

4. Rx Systems Volumizing Glycolic Shampoo (8 fl. oz.)

$20.00

TypeShampoo
ExfoliatorChemical: Glycolic acid, alpha lipoic acid
Use FrequencyCan be used daily
Additional BenefitsNourishes scalp with aloe vera

5. iGK Low Key (5 fl. oz.)

$23.96

TypeCleansing scrub
ExfoliatorPhysical: Walnut shell
Use FrequencyWeekly
Additional BenefitsBalances pH, calms irritated skin

6. L’Oréal Paris EverFresh Micro-Exfoliating Scrub (8.5 fl. oz.)

$5.00

TypeScrub
ExfoliatorPhysical: Apricot seed
Use FrequencyUp to twice a week
Additional Benefits

7. Aveda Invati Advanced Exfoliating Shampoo (6.7 fl. oz.)

$32.99

TypeShampoo
ExfoliatorChemical: Salicylic acid
Use FrequencyCan be used daily
Additional BenefitsDetangling

8. Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo

$37.78

TypeShampoo
ExfoliatorPhysical: Charcoal
Use FrequencyUp to twice a week
Additional BenefitsMoisturizes, promotes hair strength and growth

9. Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt (8 fl. oz.)

$50.90

TypeScrub
ExfoliatorPhysical: Salt
Use FrequencyOnce or twice a week
Additional BenefitsCleanses, moisturizes

10. HeadBlade HeadShed Men’s Exfoliating Scrub (5 fl. oz.)

$14.98

TypeScrub
ExfoliatorPhysical: Walnut shells
Use FrequencyOnce or twice a week
Additional Benefits

How to Choose a Scalp Exfoliator – Buying Guide

Finding the right scalp exfoliator is largely about figuring out what works best for your wash routine. Do you want to add a separate step? How often do you wash your hair? Is your scalp in desperate need of some serious sloughing?

Separate Treatment or Two-in-One Shampoo? Depends on Your Wash Routine

Separate Treatment or Two-in-One Shampoo? Depends on Your Wash Routine
There are two main types of scalp exfoliators–exfoliating treatments like masks and scrubs and exfoliating shampoos.
Treatments are good for those who already like their hair care routine and don’t want to change out any of their current products. They’re also good for those who wash their hair more frequently as you can choose when to add them into your routine and when to skip out.
Exfoliating shampoos, on the other hand, allow you to have fewer products. They tend to be milder as you might use them more often, but they should still only be used as a main shampoo by those who wash their hair more infrequently. Others should stick to using a gentler primary shampoo and swap out for the exfoliator once or twice a week.

Physical vs. Chemical Exfoliants Depends on Your Sensitivity and Preferences

As with facial exfoliation, scalp exfoliation can be done either with gritty ingredients physically buffing away buildup or with chemicals that dissolve buildup.

Physical Exfoliants Fight Heavy Buildup but Can Be Rough on Skin

Physical Exfoliants Fight Heavy Buildup but Can Be Rough on Skin
For those that use a lot of product or struggle with flaky skin and dandruff, a physical exfoliant will likely be your best bet for a quick, visible change as it physically removes buildup. However, depending on the type of exfoliant and your skin sensitivity, it may be rough on your skin, and it’s best not to use physical exfoliants more than about once a week.
Some popular physical exfoliants that you’ll find include salt, sugar, charcoal, and nut shells. Be sure to steer clear of microbeads as they’re made of tiny plastics that can be harmful for your skin and the environment.

Chemical Exfoliants Are Gentler and Can Have Longer Lasting Results

Chemical Exfoliants Are Gentler and Can Have Longer Lasting Results
For those looking for a more gentle option, chemical exfoliants are the way to go. These work by essentially unsticking the glue that holds sebum and product buildup together. Some even work on a deeper level to really clean out your follicles, leading to longer lasting results. Depending on the concentrations, these can be safe for more frequent use than physical exfoliants.
Some common chemical exfoliants include salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and lactic acid. You may sometimes see these referred to as BHAs (salicylic acid) and AHAs (everything else). For those who are wary of lab-made chemicals, look for products with apple cider vinegar, which naturally contains malic acid, a type of AHA.

Look for Additional Benefits to Increase Hair Health

Look for Additional Benefits to Increase Hair Health
Look for an exfoliant that has other benefits aside from just cleaning your scalp.
For example, search for calming ingredients like aloe and lavender to soothe your scalp after the mild irritation that exfoliating can cause. Or, look for hydrating oils that can help to moisturize and strengthen your hair—just be sure that the oils are non-comedogenic like jojoba and argan so that you aren’t reintroducing the follicle blockages you just removed.

When and How to Use Scalp Exfoliators

When and How to Use Scalp Exfoliators
While facial and body exfoliation is pretty common knowledge, scalp exfoliation might still be kind of foreign to most people. But it’s basically the same thing–you’re just trying to clear out the buildup on your scalp to create a healthier environment for your skin, follicles, and hair. You should aim to exfoliate about once a week.
For the best results, give your head a gentle brushing before you hop in the shower to loosen up any dirt or grime in your hair. If you’re using an exfoliating shampoo, be sure to massage it into your scalp without using your fingernails.
If you’re using a separate exfoliating treatment or scrub, wash your hair first and work the exfoliator into your scalp in sections so that you’re sure to get every part of your head. For those with thicker hair, you’ll want to use smaller sections. Feel free to use an exfoliating brush or glove, but your hands should work just fine. Rinse it out and follow up with your normal conditioner.

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Summary

Once you figure out what your head needs, picking an exfoliator and incorporating it into your routine is no more difficult than exfoliating your face or body. And you’d be surprised at how much of a difference it can make for head and hair health.
By Jacqueline Oshiro

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