I have been debating even talking about this product, because it would mean that I have to admit the truth: I have scalp build-up!
However, I shared this product on my Instagram when I bought it and several people asked me how it was, because they have the same problem.
Truthfully, I don’t know why I didn’t think of getting something like this sooner. A few times, I’ve had scalp treatments at my salon, but I never even considered doing them at home.
A little backstory before I get into my thoughts and feelings about the scrub. I have colored my hair for 10+ years. I have naturally blonde hair, and for the last four or so years, have shifted to red and copper tones.
If you’ve ever had faux red hair, you know it’s very difficult to take care of. It fades easily, doesn’t withstand heat, and it rinses down the drain ALOT.
Over the years, I’ve built up my hair routine to best care for my color, and currently, I wash my hair once a week (or every 10 days, if possible) with ice cold water.
So yeah, this leaves to scalp buildup — whether it’s dry shampoo (which I rarely use), my hair “sunscreen”, or other random sprays I put on throughout the week.
Not only is buildup uncomfortable and gross, but it affects my actual hair, making it feel greasy and unmanageable.
One day, I’d finally had enough and searched Ulta’s website for solutions. They had a ton of different scalp scrubs and this is the first one I’ve tried. It’s by dpHUE and it’s their Apple Cider Vinegar Scalp Scrub With Pink Himalayan Sea Salt. Here is the product’s description:
dpHUE Apple Cider Vinegar Scalp Scrub with Pink Himalayan Sea Salt naturally exfoliates the scalp, removing product build-up, impurities, and dead skin cells. Made with both fine and coarse grain pink salt mined in the Himalayan Mountains, the salt is a natural exfoliant packed with vitamins and minerals that dissolve in water to give you a deep clean.
This color protecting formula is for all hair colors and hair types, and is made with Apple Cider Vinegar, Aloe Vera and Avocado Oil, to rebalances pH and soothes sensitive or irritated scalps-dry, oily or combination. Like the skin on your face needs an occasional exfoliating cleanse, your scalp benefits from the same treatment. Add ACV Scalp Scrub to your weekly routine, or as needed, because a healthy scalp is the first step to healthy hair.
Color safe formula, formulated without Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates, Gluten. Animal-friendly and vegan. Made in the USA using the highest-quality craft-produced Apple Cider Vinegar from George Paul Vinegary.
• Naturally exfoliates the scalp Removes product buildup, impurities and dead skin cells
• Balances pH Soothes and calms the scalp
• Awards: CEW Beauty Awards Finalist, Best Indie Product Influenster’s Reviewers’ Choice Awards: Best in Beauty!
I was definitely drawn to this one because of its paraben-free formula with color-protecting capabilities. It also had good reviews.
It’s $38 for a jar, but the jar will last you awhile. When I started using it, I used it every time I washed my hair (once per week), but after a few washes, I didn’t have as much build up on a weekly basis, so I have been using it every other week.
Because one of the main ingredients is apple cider vinegar, it does have a vinegar smell, but that doesn’t bother me. It should also be noted that this scrub is a large grain, sea salt.
At first, it felt a little weird putting this into my hair and on my scalp. But, I got used to it and my scalp and hair always feel so much better after I use it.
I am not sure how best to apply it, but I apply it when my scalp and hair are dry. I do it at my bathroom sink (it helps if you have a good podcast to listen to). I use a cob to part my hair and apply the scrub between 1-inch parts.
This way, I get my entire scalp and I can apply the scrub directly to it without my hair really getting in the way.
Then, I rise it out and shampoo and condition per usual, making sure to thoroughly rinse everything out.
Since I started using the scrub, I haven’t had any complaints from my stylist (she used to say I had buildup and/or suggest a treatment) and I haven’t had to have a treatment, which has saved me money!
Have you ever used a scalp scrub?
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