The 6 Best Scalp Scrubs for Naturals

For when your roots need a little extra attention.

The Best Scalp Scrubs for Naturals
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Imagine getting out of bed on wash day, deciding that you want to try a new product, reaching for a scalp scrub, and then having all hell breaking loose once you try to rinse it out.

Imagine having particles trapped in your coils, or being left with super dry hair after using a product that you thought was worth the hype, but wasn't actually formulated for your hair type and texture.

Well, I'm here to share that this has happened to me — on numerous occasions. And while it obviously sucked in the moment, this journey has led me to find scalp scrubs that actually work for naturals. So now, obviously, I have to share the good news with my people.

Ahead, six scalp scrubs that get the job done, and will leave your roots feeling marvelous after wash day.

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Neutrogena Healthy Scalp Hydro Boost Scalp Scrub

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As a natural I'm always a bit hesitant when trying out drugstore brands, but really and truly Neutrogena understood the assignment here. This scalp scrub is easy to apply, doesn't leave a bunch of grit in my hair, and my roots are noticeably softer and more hydrated once I rinse it out. And seeing as hyaluronic acid is the star ingredient in the mix, it's easy to understand why.

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Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-exfoliating Scalp Scrub Shampoo

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Whether you have an oily scalp or you're noticing dry, flaking skin (not dandruff), this exfoliating shampoo is for you. With a blend of binchotan charcoal, coconut oil, as well as peppermint and tea tree oils, this product unclogs pores, nourishes hair, and leaves you with a cool, refreshed scalp.

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My Black Is Beautiful Invigorating Scalp Scrub

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The nozzle applicator makes this scalp scrub perfect for anyone with super thick hair. Plus, the exfoliating particles dissolve completely as you wash, so you don't have to worry about any unwanted debris being left behind.

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dpHUE Apple Cider Vinegar Scalp Scrub

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DpHUE's Hair Rinse has become a hit among naturals who have protective styles in — so you better believe the brand's Scalp Scrub (which can be used after take down) doesn't disappoint. Just keep in mind that a little goes a long way.

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TPH by Taraji Never Salty Sugar Hair & Scalp Scrub

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Where do I even begin with this gem? It has a two-way nozzle for super easy application. It offers a clean and vegan formula, it's a Black-owned company, and oh yeah, it works wonders! The first time I used this product I was blown away at how well the blend of sugar crystals, apple cider vinegar, and peppermint and coconut oils cleansed my scalp — and washed away. This one gets a 10/10 for me.

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amika Reset Exfoliating Jelly Scalp Scrub

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This two-in-one joint offers a blend of charcoal, pink clay, and sea salt to give your hair a good cleanse and physical exfoliant treatment. Start by massaging it into your roots, then work your way down to the ends.

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