7 Scalp Soaks That Will Transform Your Hair
7 Scalp Soaks That Will Transform Your Hair

7 Scalp Soaks That Will Transform Your Hair

Online searches have soared by 183% in the last year – finally, it seems we’re getting our head around the fact that a healthy scalp is the key to healthy hair. Designed to remove dirt and product build-up, as well as promote silkier hair from root to tip, here are some worth trying…
By Sapna Rao
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Photography: ANNA TABAKOVA/STOCKSY UNITED

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Cold Processed Scalp Detox, £38 | Act + Acre

Best For: Adding Volume

Why We Love It: Brimming with scalp-soothing oils, this detoxifying formula should be used weekly. Massage a few drops onto hair, leave it to sit for 15-20 minutes, then wash it off before following up with conditioner. Once you’ve rinsed it out and dried your hair, you’ll see a vast difference in the volume at the root. And because it’s an anti-bacterial formula, it also works to break down any dirt or grime that’s sat on the surface of your scalp, while moringa and baobab oils strengthen and condition. You’ll find your hair feels lighter and bouncier, and split ends will appear smoother. Extra points go to the recyclable bottle.

Available at FreePeople.com

Clean Rinse Clarifying Scalp Serum, £42 | Sunday Riley

Best For: Scalp Exfoliation

Why We Love It: This product uses rose clay to draw out impurities and deeply exfoliate the scalp, banishing leftover residue and product build-up. A healthy dose of glycolic acid also plays a part, while salicylic acid regulates the production of sebum, and jasmine essential oil soothes and calms. Apply it directly to the scalp, massaging it in before leaving it on for half an hour and rinsing. The result? Hair feels cleaner for longer, without stripping the scalp of essential moisture.

Available at NET-A-PORTER.com

Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse, £32 | dpHUE

Best For: Enhancing Shine

Why We Love It: This one also uses apple cider vinegar in lieu of shampoo. The difference is this one boosts shine like nothing we’ve ever tried before by balancing out your natural pH, so moisture levels are maintained for healthy, glossy-looking strands. We love how lightweight and voluminous our hair felt afterwards. You’ll find you don’t need to wash your hair as regularly, either – the results will last at least three days before you need to reach for the shampoo – and it’s great for all hair types.

Available at CultBeauty.co.uk


Scalp Revival Charcoal & Tea Tree Scalp Treatment, £27 | Briogeo

Best For: Dry Scalps

Why We Love It: For scalps on the drier side, this treatment serum is a godsend. Part hair into sections before applying one or two drops and massaging in. You’ll instantly feel the product getting to work – with an oh-so-satisfying cooling sensation activated upon contact – and soon melting in to soothe flaky, itchy skin. Added benefits include antiseptic properties, thanks to witch hazel and aloe. Over time, this treatment will promote hair growth and fresher looking strands.

Available at SpaceNK.com

Honey Infused Scalp Treatment, £37 | Gisou

Best For: Softening 

Why We Love It: Made with Gisou’s signature Mirsalehi honey blend and five natural scalp-targeting actives, this super-soak targets itchy, oily skin to resurrect your scalp in weeks. The secret to a healthy scalp often lies in the health of the microbiome. Not only does this treatment promote intense nourishment, it also enhances shine, softness and volume. Simply shake the bottle, and apply a small amount directly onto the scalp, from hairline to crown. Massage it in with your fingers and let it melt into the hair overnight for best results.

Available at Harrods.com

Teacup Peacholine & Kombucha Detox Rinse, £26 | R+Co

Best For: Sleeker Strands

Why We Love It: By eliminating the harsh pollutants found in water, sulphates and damage caused by external aggressors, this rinse will dispel nasties to leave behind revived hair. Neem leaf extract helps to quench thirsty strands, while fermented kombucha draws out excess calcium, iron and other mineral deposits to boost shine. Apply this once a week after shampoo and conditioner, leaving on for three minutes before rinsing.

Available at NET-A-PORTER.com

Clarifying Scalp Soak, From £10 | Hello Klean

Best For: Boosting Colour 

Why We Love It: If you can get past the apple cider vinegar scent, you’ll love this soak. With a low lather, it’s designed to be used in place of your shampoo. For best results, leave it on for at least five minutes –longer if you want a deeper cleanse – before rinsing off and following up with a conditioner. It detoxifies your scalp by shifting product build-up without stripping strands of natural moisture. Added vitamin B5 means hair gets some extra hydration, too. Expect your colour to look more vibrant and hair to feel thicker and denser – plus, you’ll love how stylish the bottle looks in your shower.

Available at CultBeauty.co.uk

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