From shampoos to toners, we’ve got everything you need to kick dandruff to the curb
Let’s just admit it — we’ve all suffered from dandruff at some point or another. Cold, dry winter weather can wreak havoc on our scalps and can kick up some flakes that we’re pretty sure aren’t from the snow. That’s why we decided to round up the very best products to help give your scalp a little TLC this winter. Your scalp deserves it. Looking for more self-care products? Team KCM put together a list of our favorite products for winter.
#1 Philip Kingsley Calming Scalp Toner
When it comes to fighting dandruff, the first thing you probably think to do is buy a shampoo. But shampoo can only go so far once you wash it out in the shower. That’s why we love Philip Kingsley Calming Scalp — it’s a big bottle of liquid with a pointed nozzle that you squirt directly onto your scalp, and can be used on wet or dry hair. Be warned — the product comes out quickly and can look a little shocking when you use it on dry hair, but after just a couple of minutes it completely disappears. It calms irritating scalp itch unlike any product we’ve tried so far, and we love that you can apply it whenever and wherever you need it.
#2 R+Co Crown Scalp Scrub
Think of R+Co Crown Scalp Scrub almost like a body scrub for your head. It has the texture of honey and brown sugar, so it sticks to your scalp while you massage it in for maximum exfoliation. Once all of the product has dissolved, you can just wash it out like normal shampoo, and your scalp will feel like it just got a refreshing facial.
#3 Headquarters Hydration Hero
If you’re looking to save your scalp without spending a bundle, Headquarters Hydration Hero is for you. For less than $25, you get a four part scalp saving bundle — an exfoliating mask, cleansing shampoo, hydrating conditioner and nourishing lotion. If dryness isn’t your issue, they’ve also got packages for both balanced and oily hair.
#4 Oribe Serene Scalp Anti-dandruff Shampoo
If you’re looking for a clarifying shampoo that’s going to alleviate scalp irritation and prevent future dandruff and irritation, then try Serene Scalp Anti-dandruff Shampoo. After massaging it into your scalp in the shower, leave it in for a minute or two for the full effect. Although this one comes with a bit of a higher price tag, loyalists say it works even better than prescription options. Plus, it smells absolutely amazing.
#5 Prose Pre-Shampoo Scalp Mask
You might already be familiar with Prose. They’re the company that makes custom hair care to fit your exact needs. After completing a short survey about your hair, they’ll determine exactly what products are right for you. We recommend trying the Prose Pre-Shampoo Scalp Mask — they’ve got one that’s specifically made for itchy scalps.
#6 Briogeo Scalp Therapy Essentials Kit
Briogeo’s scalp treatments primarily use charcoal, which is one of the best ingredients out there for a scalp detox. If you’re the type who doesn’t want to pick and choose products and would rather just get them all together, they offer a Scalp Therapy Essentials Kit that includes everything your scalp will need and more. It comes with a charcoal and coconut micro-exfoliating shampoo, a charcoal and peppermint oil cooling jelly conditioner, a charcoal and tea tree scalp treatment and a stimulating therapy scalp massager.
#7 Aveda Exfoliating Scalp Brush
If you’ve already got products you love but feel like you still need an extra little TLC, then try the Exfoliating Scalp Brush from Aveda. You can use it in or out of the shower and on wet or dry hair to loosen any extra imperfections that have been building up under your hair. It’ll also help increase circulation to your scalp, which will help with hair growth and health overall.
#8 Eczema Honey Soothing Scalp Oil
If you suffer from eczema, then we suggest you peruse all of the products from Eczema Honey. If you’re looking for something specifically for your head, try their Soothing Scalp Oil — it’s got a convenient little dropper so you can apply a few drops to your fingertips and massage it into your head without worrying about a mess. It’s made with aloe vera, honey and a combination of different soothing oils, so you don’t have to worry about any harsh chemicals.
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Written by Emily Pinto