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June 18, 2021

Tips for a Healthy Scalp (and Healthier Hair)

But hey, dont fret. The Birchbox Editors are here to help you care for your scalp all summer long and quite frankly, beyond. From exfoliating treatments to hair-focused protection, theres a product on our site thats designed to give you your best scalp health for the entire sweaty season. All you need to do is click add to cart. Trust: Your currently itchy scalp (and the dandruff flakes on your shirt) will thank you later.

Exfoliate: Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo

The first step to your ~best scalp yet~ this summer is exfoliating away any dirt, grime, or flakes that can build up on your skins surface. Why? Failure to do so can result in issues like clogged pores (which can hurt, FYI!), plus exacerbate even more dandruff, itchiness, etc. Your best bet is to start off with an exfoliating scrub before you shampoo like the Briogeo Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo. With ingredients like charcoal, spearmint oil, and tea tree oil, your scalp will be soothed by tingling essential oils and product residue or build-up will be a thing of the past. FYI: You can pair the scrub with Ceremonias clutch Scalp Masajeador for optimal impact.

Cleanse: Amika Reset Pink Charcoal Scalp Cleansing Oil

Next on your scalp care agenda: cleansing. While exfoliating removes buildup, this Amika Reset Scalp Cleansing Oil has a pointed nozzle that will help you target and cleanse dry sections of your scalp. With ingredients like sunflower oil, amino acids, and aloe, this formula will both dissolve impurities and help heal any dry patches that result from sun exposure or sweaty conditions. Follow-up with your usual shampoo and conditioner duo afterwards!

Protect: Davines Naturaltech Replumping Hair Filler Superactive

So you washed your hair. Amazing! Now, youll need to add some protective product, though, especially if youre using heat tools to style your hair once dry. This Davines Replumping Hair Filler spray has hyaluronic acid to give your hair more volume from the scalp down. Spritz all over your damp hair from the roots to your ends before doing your thing.

Hydrate: Oribe Serene Scalp Soothing Leave-On Treatment

If you want to give your scalp a little extra oomph and reverse that unfortunate dryness induced by the summer sun, try adding a soothing leave-in treatment into the mix. This one by Oribe contains BHAs that gently exfoliate the scalp post-shower. Plus, its got prescription-strength hydrating ingredients that ensure your head stays itch-free while youre safely soaking up all the Vitamin D. Apply by massaging it into your scalp until absorbed to your comfort level.

Nourish: Oribe Gold Lust Nourishing Hair Oil

Last but definitely not least, consider including a nourishing hair oil as the final step in your routine. A dry, thirsty scalp can deprive your hair of silkiness, which is why adding a product like Oribes best-selling Gold Lust which is packed with Argan and jasmine oil can revive dull, brittle strands. Spray where desired and it absorbs instantly, coating the hair in a protective layer that both nourishes and stops your hair and scalp from being harmed by summers harmful UV rays.

Got all this down? Lovely. Just make sure you snag all of these items and more at, of course! Your best summer hair awaits


Megan Gustashaw

Megan Gustashaw is a freelance writer and editorial consultant based in Austin, Texas. With a focus on men’s and women’s fashion, beauty and lifestyle, she has written features for both established fashion brands and leading digital publications including GQ, Glamour, Architectural Digest and more.