We Tried a Treatment to Detoxify Our Scalps, and It Really Worked

Cleansing, moisturizing, and masking are just a few (of the many) steps in my skincare routine—things I would never think to skip—but somehow, I've never really had the same mindset when it comes to my scalp, which is skin, too, people! I don't know if it's because I'm getting older, more stressed, or just haven't been to the salon in months, but my head is in desperate need of some TLC, and it finally has my attention.

If I want healthy, strong hair, my scalp needs to be healthy sans any buildup from excess sebum, dead skin cells, pollutants, or products. Which means I need a treatment that can cleanse and exfoliate thoroughly to remove product residue, dry shampoo, and general grime. Scalp care might not be the most glamorous, but I'm willing to do whatever it takes to feel and look my best, and my co-workers feel the same.

In the name of self-care, two team members and I decided to test the Head & Shoulders Supreme Exfoliating Scalp Scrub, which is part of the brand's new Supreme collection: a line of products aimed at providing long-lasting scalp benefits and beautiful, healthy hair. Formulated with ingredients inspired by skincare like argan oil and vitamin E, most of the collection also includes zinc pyrithione, which helps with scalp itchiness, dryness, and irritation. The shampoos and conditioners are also free of phosphates, parabens, phthalates, dyes, and ethanol.

So did the scrub actually help? Keep scrolling for our honest reviews, then shop the entire Head & Shoulders Supreme collection below.

Before we get into our reviews, here's a little more about the test subject: This treatment deeply exfoliates the scalp with silica beads, removing impurities like dirt and oils, product buildup, and dead skin, and is formulated with nourishing ingredients like argan oil and vitamin E. After using the treatment in the shower before shampooing, our scalps should feel renewed and detoxified and our hair should look shinier and less weighed down.

I'll be honest: I've never used a scalp treatment before. I have no good reason as to why, but part of it has to do with me being worried about my scalp feeling dry afterward. I've officially been proven wrong. Not only does this scrub have the loveliest, most calming scent ever, but when I massaged it into my wet hair pre-shampoo, I felt as if I was getting the ultimate scrub down. It lathered up nicely, and my hair felt super clean and fresh. I followed it up with shampoo and conditioner and let my hair air dry as usual. I swear all day my hair just felt lighter and healthier. I'm sold.

I’ve used scalp treatments before, and I always have the same issue: My hair feels super dry for days after. (Not even the best hair mask can cure it!) After reading about the Supreme Exfoliating Scalp Scrub, I was skeptical (to be honest, I was already preparing the hair oil I thought I’d have to put on after), but I was excited to give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised with a clean, spa-like scent and a texture that didn’t seem too harsh. After scrubbing it into my scalp, I almost instantly felt the buildup getting washed away. I followed it up with a little bit of shampoo and conditioner and rinsed everything out. Afterward, I was so happy to find that my hair felt so soft and could be brushed out without any trouble. I definitely will be using this again!

As a self-proclaimed beauty-product junkie, I'm almost embarrassed to admit I've never used a scalp treatment of any kind. It's shocking because I love anything that makes a shower feel less like a chore and more like a self-care ritual, which is exactly how it felt after using the Head and Shoulders Supreme Exfoliating Scalp Scrub Treatment. The slightly gritty texture is incredibly soothing when massaged into my scalp, and I really liked the calming scent, too. Want to feel like you're at the spa while also doing something good for your hair? This will do it.

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Promote scalp stimulation and strengthen your hair at the root with this in-shower pre-wash mask. Formulated with zinc pyrithione, argan oil, vitamin E, mosa mint, and tea tree oil, the mask will moisturize and protect your scalp for beautiful hair. 

If your hair feels extra dirty, try this pre-wash mask made with zinc pyrithione, argan oil, vitamin E, mosa mint, and eucalyptus extract to deeply cleanse, detoxify, and remove buildup from the scalp.

This shampoo smells like a beach vacation and works to cleanse an oily scalp while hydrating and repairing damaged hair.

To reap all the benefits mentioned above, you gotta finish your ritual with this.

Formulated with jojoba oil, this shampoo not only nourishes the hair and calms frizz, but it also locks in moisture and battles dry scalp.

Made with rose essence, this shampoo soothes and hydrates a dry, itchy scalp and fortifies hair. 

Because if you're using the shampoo, you have to use the conditioner.

When you feel like your hair and scalp need more hydration, apply this after shampooing. Infused with argan oil and vitamin E, this mask deeply nourishes and conditions.

At any time of day or night, slather this onto itchy or irritated areas of your scalp that are causing discomfort, then gently massage it in using your hands and voilà—no need to rinse.

Need a little extra boost of scalp hydration on those non-hair washing days? Moisturize your scalp in between washes with this menthol-infused leave-on serum.

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