Scalp Soaks: What They Are & The Ones Worth Trying

Online searches have soared by 183%, proving scalp soaks are all the rage right now. Designed to remove dirt and product build-up, it’s recommended you use them weekly for best results – specifically, better volume and fresher-looking colour. Here are some of our favourites, as well as how to use them.
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Act + Acre Cold Processed Scalp Detox | £38

Best For: Adding Body & Volume

Why We Love It: Brimming with scalp-soothing oils, this detoxifying formula should be used weekly. Massage a few drops onto your hair, leave it to sit for 15-20 minutes, then wash it off before following up with conditioner. Once you’ve rinsed fully and dried your hair, you’ll see a vast difference in the volume at your roots. 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 as a result, while any split ends will appear smoother. Extra points go to the recyclable bottle.

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Briogeo Scalp Revival Treatment | £30

Best For: Preventing Itchiness

Why We Love It: Those with scalp sensitives and conditions like dermatitis have tended to steer clear of hair treatments – until now. Designed for those prone to inflammation, this one uses tea tree oil, aloe vera and charcoal to gently absorb day-to-day build-up that leads to scalp imbalances. Meanwhile, hyaluronic acid lends an extra dose of moisture, while cooling mint oil soothes itchiness and keeps you feeling squeaky clean. Massage it in as you would a shampoo, allow it to sink in for up to five minutes, then rinse it off and apply conditioner to the ends of your hair. You’ll love the instant relief it lends.

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dP Hue ACV Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse | £28

Best For: Enhancing Shine

Why We Love It: Just like Hello Klean, this uses apple cider vinegar in lieu of your shampoo. The difference between the two? This one boosts shine like nothing we’ve ever tried before. It also balances out your natural pH, so moisture levels are maintained for healthy, glossy-looking strands. The best bit? How lightweight and voluminous hair feels, too. There is no ‘weighed-down’ feeling or any greasiness left behind. You’ll find you don’t need to wash your hair as regularly, either – this will last you at least three days before you need to reach for the shampoo. Plus, it’s great for all hair types.

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Hello Klean Clarifying Scalp Soak | £10

Best For: Boosting Colour 

Why We Love It: If you can get past the smell of apple cider vinegar, you’ll love the effects this soak has. 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 – or longer if you want a deeper cleanse – before rinsing off and following up with a conditioner. It quickly detoxifies your scalp, shifting product build-up, but without stripping it of moisture, thanks to balancing rice water and tamanu oil. Added vitamin B5 means hair gets some extra hydration, too. Expect your colour to look more vibrant and hair to feel thicker and denser, too – we love how stylish the bottle looks in our shower.

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R+CO Acid Wash Apple Cider Vinegar Cleansing Soak | £30

Best For: Speedy Hydration 

Why We Love It: Ideal for removing dry shampoo and other products that stick to your scalp, this cleansing soak is a must-try. Loved by stylists and haircare experts, it gets rid of product build-up while cleansing your strands, leaving colour looking fresher and more vibrant. Added aloe vera leaf juice and tamanu seed oil help to seal in moisture, delivering a plethora of hydrating fatty acids at speed for stronger, softer-looking tresses. Massage a little into damp hair and leave on for at least three minutes. Use it as a substitute for shampoo or alongside one – the choice is yours, but know that when used solo, you’re likely to see more visible results.

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