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Nope, Scalp Treatments Aren’t Just a Beauty Trend

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I have an embarrassing story to tell. But here’s the thing—it’s not about me!—so I feel comfortable sharing it for all the internet to read: My sibling has a troubled scalp. Like, keep-you-up-at-night itchy, “is that a snowflake on your shoulder?” troubled. Lucky for him, one of this year’s biggest beauty trends is scalp treatments. “One of the most common reasons is to treat a dry, flaky scalp and itching,” says Dr. Karyn Grossman, celebrity dermatologist and co-founder of Raf Five Skincare. The other reason is hair loss, she adds.

“Depending on what is happening with your scalp, there are a few great ingredients to look for in your treatments,” Grossman says. “Always remember that scalp treatments do best with leave-on products, for example, ones that you either put on before the shower for 10 minutes or so, or overnight then wash out in the morning.” And don’t forget—they’re called scalp treatments, not hair: “Scalp treatments need to be massaged into the scalp—not the hair—for them to work.

Below are the internet’s best-reviewed treatments to give you a healthy scalp, which means thicker, shinier hair—happy massaging.

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    Ayurveda-Inspired

    SahaScalp Amla Soothing Serum Fable & Mane

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    Great For Locs

    Daily Elixir Scalp Oil Sienna Naturals

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    Best Overall

    JVN Pre-Wash Scalp Oil & Hair Treatment Oil JVN

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    Super Exfoliating

    The Cleansing Scrub Crown Affair

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    Two-In-One

    Detox Scalp Scrub Rizos Curls

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Ayurveda-Inspired

Fable & Mane

SahaScalp Amla Soothing Serum

2

Great For Locs

Sienna Naturals

Daily Elixir Scalp Oil

3

Best Overall

JVN

JVN Pre-Wash Scalp Oil & Hair Treatment Oil

4

Super Exfoliating

Crown Affair

The Cleansing Scrub

5

Two-In-One

Rizos Curls

Detox Scalp Scrub

6

Helps With Hair Loss

DIVI

Scalp Serum

7

Best On Amazon

Head & Shoulders

Supreme Hydrating Scalp Serum

8

Great For Dandruff

Living proof

Scalp Care Dry Scalp Treatment

9

Two-In-One Shampoo And Treatment

Briogeo

Scalp Revival Charcoal Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo

10

Best Clean Beauty

Honor Thy Crown

11

Best for Weaves and Protective Hairstyles

TPH by TARAJI

Master Cleanse Scalp Treatment Wash

12

For Stress-Related Hair Loss

VEGAMOUR

Hair Serum

13

Tingles

Mielle Organics

Rosemary Mint Scalp & Hair Strengthening Oil

14

Doctor-Formulated

Dr. Sturm

Balancing Scalp Serum

15

Best For Hair Growth

ouai

Scalp Serum

We consulted Dr. Karyn Grossman, celebrity dermatologist and co-founder of RAF FIVE for this story.

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Why Trust ELLE Beauty?

Margaux Anbouba is ELLE’s Beauty Editor. She has interviewed countless dermatologists, and is constantly testing new hair and skincare products.

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