The Best Scalp Products to Add to Your Hair Care Routine This Winter

From scalp scrubs to vibrating scalp massagers, we have all the hair care products you need to have healthy, flawless locks this season.

By Carolin Lehmann, Kristine Fellizar Jan 28, 2022 11:00 PMTags
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Over the past couple of years, hair care has evolved to become more and more scalp-focused. After all, healthy hair starts at the scalp. If your scalp health is less than ideal, it could lead to redness, breakage, reduced hair shine and even hair loss. Not to mention the irritating itchiness.

During the winter season, it's even more important to be mindful of your scalp health as dryness tends to happen more in colder weather. Fortunately, there are things you can use to keep your scalp healthy in the cooler months. These skincare-inspired hair care products include scalp scrubs, scalp treatment serums, shampoo and so much more. 

Shop some of our favorites at a variety of price points below. You'll be so grateful you added these to your hair care routine this season.

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Groove Scalp Massager 2

As if scalp massages didn't already feel good, this vibrating scalp massager will take it to the next level. It was designed to help to stimulate blood flow to increase hair growth, distribute natural oils and control dandruff. It was made to be used with your go-to shampoo, conditioner or hair oil, and it's safe to use with braids, weaves and hair extensions.

According to one shopper, "This is a really great head massager. It glides smoothly through my Afro curls and relaxes my scalp. I'm going to buy another one to have in reserve. Love it." You can get this in blue or blush. 

Act and Acre Cold Processed Scalp Detox

This scalp treatment from Act + Acre was made to be skincare for your scalp. It's includes antioxidants and anti-inflammatory plants to soothe and protect the scalp's moisture balance, moringa extract to nourish follicles and encourage healthy hair growth, and botanical oils to dissolve oils and protect the scalp from environmental stressors.

According to one shopper, it's a holy grail hair product they highly recommend. They wrote, "I absolutely love this hair treatment! I've tried a bunch of hair treatments for my coarse, yet oily hair and none really gave me the cleanse I needed. My hair felt so lightweight after I used it. I definitely will be using this every week."

Sephora Collection Silicone Scalp Massager

This eco-friendly silicone scalp massager from the Sephora Collection was designed to make you feel like you're getting your hair done at the salon. You can use this with wet or dry hair, and it even includes a hanging cord so you can easily access it while you're in the shower.

Sunday Riley Clean Rinse Clarifying Scalp Treatment Serum

This rinse-off serum is AHA and BHA-infused to clarify your scalp of product buildup, excess oil, dead skin and pollution. It has a nozzle tip for applying directly to your scalp.

Defence Discovery Kit

Grow Gorgeous has haircare conceived by skincare specialists that's targeted at a variety of scalp concerns. This is one of the starter kits, which is formulated to protect against urban pollution, heat damage and color fade. It includes the Hair Density Serum Original, Defence Anti-Pollution Shampoo, Defence Anti-Pollution Conditioner, Defence Detoxifying Scalp Scrub and Defence Anti-Pollution Leave-in Spray.

Neutrogena Healthy Scalp Hydro Boost Shampoo & Conditioner

Neutrogena's new Healthy Scalp line is totally skincare-inspired. This shampoo and conditioner formula uses hyaluronic acid for hydration.

Slick Defender Oily Routine

This brand by Harry's is focused on your hair's roots. There are routines for various hair concerns, such as this system for oily scalps. It includes an exfoliating scrub, cleansing shampoo, hydrating conditioner, nourishing mist and more. 

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

This scrub soothes an itchy, irritated scalp (whether oily or dry) by removing impurities and buildup. 

 

Neutrogena Healthy Scalp Gentle & Soft Shampoo & Conditioner

This shampoo and conditioner for a sensitive scalp employs micellar water for gentle cleansing. 

Christophe Robin Purifying Scalp Scrub with Sea Salt

This sea salt scrub promises to cleanse, remove buildup and soothe sensitive, flaky and oily scalps. You can even get a mini size for under $20. 

 

Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer

A primer for your hair? This one is heat and UV protective. It also de-frizzes, detangles, protects and conditions.

Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Tea Tree Scalp Treatment Serum

Apply drops of this serum to your scalp when you have damp hair for hydration, the removal of surface impurities and for relief of an itchy, irritated, flaky scalp.

Neutrogena Healthy Scalp Hydro Boost Hair Mask with Hyaluronic Acid

This hair mask uses hyaluronic acid for hydration.

Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Happi Scalp Scrub

The AHA/BHA blend in this scrub breaks down and dissolves dead skin cells and styling-product buildup, while its exfoliating beads remove them from your scalp.

BeautyBio Rejuvenating Scalp + Fuller Hair Therapy Set

This scalp treatment system promises to solve a host of hair issues from thinning edges, over styling breakage and postpartum hair loss to scalp itchiness, irritation and flakiness. 

Playa California Salt Scalp Scrub Shampoo

Use this cleanser with sea salt and tea tree oil weekly to restore your natural oil balance. 

Neutrogena Healthy Scalp Clarify and Shine Scalp Scrub with Pink Grapefruit

This scalp scrub with a pink grapefruit scent removes impurities and product and oil build-up.

Briogeo Scalp Revival Soothing Solutions Value Set

By now you've seen a few products from Briogeo, which are all amazing. If you're curious to try them all, this Scalp Revival value set is one to get. It comes with a scalp mask, scalp treatment, a micro-exfoliating shampoo, a dry shampoo and a scalp massager. 

Kiehl’s Magic Elixir Scalp and Hair Oil Treatment

This highly rated magic elixir from Kiehl's is a lightweight scalp and hair oil treatment. It's made with avocado oil and rosemary oil to bring moisture and shine to your hair.

Bread Beauty Supply Mud-Mask: Hair & Scalp Detoxifying Pre-Wash Clay Treatment

Sephora shoppers love this mud mask from Bread Beauty Supply. It's a pre-wash detox made with quartz, clay and other nutrients to keep your scalp healthy. This one works wonders on curls.

First Aid Beauty Anti-Dandruff Scalp Serum with 2% Salicylic Acid

There's nothing worse than a dry, itchy scalp. Fortunately, that won't be a problem with this anti-dandruff scalp serum from First Aid Beauty. It's an FDA-approved leave-in treatment with two percent salicylic acid to help fight dandruff and give you much-needed relief from itchiness. 

Bread Beauty Supply Scalp-Serum: Cooling Greens Exfoliating Scalp Treatment

This scalp treatment from Bread Beauty Supply is a cooling serum for anyone with a sensitive scalp. It's lightweight, smells great, and works even better when used with the mud mask.

Ouai Scalp & Body Scrub

Get rid of product buildup with this gentle deep-cleansing sugar scrub from Ouai.

Moroccanoil Dry Scalp Treatment

Say goodbye to dry scalp and dandruff with this pre-shampoo serum from Moroccanoil. It's good for all hair types and textures, and reviewers say it works really well.

HEETA Scalp Care Hair Brush

Scalp brushes are essential because they're specifically made to exfoliate, remove product buildup and massage the scalp to stimulate hair growth. If you don't already own a scalp brush, get your hands on this one from Amazon. It's very affordable and has over 80,000 five star reviews. 

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—Originally published Feb. 4, 2021 at 4:00 AM PT.