What are Scalp Scrubbers and How Do They Work?

Healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp. That’s why our Scalp Scrubber can offer a range of health benefits that leave you looking and feeling fabulous.

Gently massaging key pressure points while improving blood circulation, scalp scrubbers also help loosen dead skin and product build-up, making them an excellent anti-dandruff solution compared to regular hairbrushes. 

Today, we’ll be exploring the many benefits of adding a scalp scrubber to your daily hair care routine. We’ll also show you how to use a scalp scrubber safely and effectively to support the health of your scalp and hair without causing damage.


What is a Scalp Scrubber?

A scalp scrubber is a small, handheld scrubbers that typically features silicone bristles that are soft enough to gently massage the scalp but sturdy enough to loosen and remove dry skin while stimulating hair growth. 

They go by many names, including scalp massage brushes, shampoo brushes, scalp scrubbers, or even hair circulation brushes.

No matter what you call them, they usually share the same rounded shape, with a convenient handle on the back for easy gripping and manoeuvring. Scalp brushes are most effective when used on wet, lathered up hair. We love ours with our range of Shampoo Bars


What Makes a Scalp Scrubber Unique?

Unlike a regular brush, comb, or anti-dandruff hairbrush, scalp scrubbers are not designed to smooth or detangle the hair. Instead, these clever little tools serve a range of other functions, from providing a gentle and relaxing massage to exfoliating the scalp – which is great for people who struggle with dandruff.

Scalp scrubbers can also be used to apply and remove product or to improve blood circulation so nourishing nutrients can get to the head.


Key Benefits of Using a Scalp Scrubber

So what does a scalp scrubber actually do? We’ve already discussed several key benefits of adding one to your daily hair care routine, so let’s go a little deeper into what they do and how they do it.


1. Controls Dandruff

Dandruff often occurs when there’s a build-up of dead skin cells, leftover product, and sebum. A scalp scrubber is an excellent choice for use as an anti-dandruff hairbrush because it breaks the dandruff cycle by gently exfoliating the skin and removing accumulations to prevent dandruff and itchy, flaky skin. 


2. Increases Blood Circulation

Your blood is responsible for carrying vital oxygen and nutrients all around the body. Exfoliating the skin helps stimulate blood circulation, ensuring that all these nutrients make it to your head where they can nourish your scalp. 


3. Promotes Hair Growth

Clogged hair follicles can lead to all kinds of problems, including hair loss and dandruff. Scalp scrubbers stimulate and unblock the follicles, which may help your hair grow longer, thicker, and healthier than ever before. 


4. Massages the Scalp

There are a number of soothing pressure points on your scalp which can be stimulated by brushing. Using the scalp scrubber to massage your head can help relieve tension, reduce stress, and even ease headaches. 


5. Removes Dead Skin

Your skin is in a constant cycle of shedding and creating new cells, and this goes for your scalp as well. Over time, this shed skin can accumulate on the scalp, which can lead to itchiness, irritation, and potentially even fungal infections. Exfoliating with a scalp scrubber allows you to eliminate build-ups by removing irritating substances and giving fungi less food to feed on.


6. Helps Apply and Remove Product

There are many wonderful products that help nourish and cleanse the scalp, but they won’t do much good if they’re not being applied correctly. A scalp scrubber can help you apply products deeper into the scalp to maximise their effectiveness. 

They can also be used to remove leftover products. By using a scalp scrubber, rather than just your fingers, you can be more confident that no residue is left behind. 


How to Use a Scalp Scrubber

The scalp is a delicate and sensitive part of the body, so care must be taken to massage it correctly to ensure you don’t cause harm. 


How Often Should You Use a Scalp Scrubber?

How often you should be using a scalp scrubber can vary from person to person. We recommend starting a few times a week and seeing how your scalp feels. 

Massaging too often or too hard can make your scalp feel tender. If this happens to you, simply adjust your pressure and lengthen the time between massages. Wet hair is more prone to damage, so it’s best not to exfoliate for more than two to three minutes using a medium amount of pressure. 


Step-by-Step Scalp Scrubbers Routine

Scalp scrubbers are best used in wet hair with products, but with care and a gentle touch, you can use them on dry hair as well. Follow our step-by-step scalp scrubbing routine to help you use your scalp scrubber safely and effectively.


Wet Hair

  1. In the shower or bath, wet your hair and apply your product of choice. 
  2. Massage your head in small, circular motions with the scalp scrubber, working the product in.
  3. The silicone bristles are designed not to cause harm, so don’t be afraid to use a bit of pressure to loosen dry skin and get the product right into your scalp.
  4. Rinse as normal while continuing to scrub.
  5. Brush your hair from root to tip to remove any leftovers and send them safely down the drain. 


Dry Hair

  1. Use small, circular motions to massage your scalp with the scrubber.
  2. Maintain light pressure and gentle movements.
  3. Remember, a scalp scrubber isn’t a replacement for a regular hairbrush, so focus on your scalp and don’t try to brush the length of your hair.


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