Monday, December 30, 2019

Scalp Exfoliators: Low, High or DIY?

Scalp Exfoliator Review DIY

I remember trying the LUSH “big” shampoo maybe six years ago, and being shocked at how clean it left my hair feeling. This product is essentially a salt scrub for the scalp, a genius step for someone like me who suffers from oily and congested skin – truly from head to toe. I don’t typically re-purchase lush products since I find them to be a bit expensive, but this idea of a frequent scalp treatment remained on my mind.

To go along with a scalp scrub, I have tried many vinegar rinses - one of them included here, I mostly use my own concoction:

DIY Scalp Rinse
  • one part apple cider vinegar (with the mother)
  • two parts water
After a deep clean with a scalp scrub (making sure to section my hair to really work the product into the skin) I apply my vinegar rinse using a squirt bottle with a skinny nozzle. This acts as a toner to further remove buildup, help keep my hair follicles from overproducing oil and thus becoming clogged.

I haven’t found the perfect DIY scalp scrub yet, but I’m sure you can make one easily. Instead, I’ve tried one from the higher end brand IGK, and a lower end option from The Body Shop. Read on to see how the two products differ, and rather significantly.


The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea™ Scrub Shampoo

I had very high hopes for this one, since I’ve enjoyed most of the shower gels, body scrubs, shampoos and lotions from The Body Shop in the past. This scrub was a surprising texture, almost firm and stretchy, and it foamed up significantly. I found that it had a similar squeaky clean finish on my scalp like the LUSH “big” - also a bit stripped. It only has salt chunks to exfoliate, unlike the IGK option which has two different types of exfoliating particles. Overall it does the job, but it isn’t my favourite. I wish it felt more minty fresh on the scalp. For the price, it’s a good option. The jar packaging is easy to get into, but really big and bulky to store. 


IGK LOW KEY Cleansing Walnut Scalp Scrub

At a Sephora VIB rouge sale around a year ago I bought this scrub from IGK along with their volume conditioner - featured in the post below. I am so happy with both of them. The conditioner especially leaves my hair feeling moisturized but not heavy, and it also helps reduce static in the winter.

Now, here’s why IGK wins in my books. This ultra-cooling minty scrub uses sugar instead of salt to gently soothe sensitive scalps. Apple cider vinegar works to clarify while walnut oil nourishes to leave hair shiny, soft, and rebalanced. It includes gentle exfoliators to allow for a deeper clean than a traditional clarifying shampoo. Low Key Cleansing Walnut Scalp Scrub features lush, vibrant notes of guava, coconut water, pink lotus, midnight violet, and vanilla. yaaaaaaas. It’s like a spa treatment for your head!


What hair treatments have you been enjoying recently?
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