4 Treatments That Tackled Our Editors' Different Scalp Concerns — All Under $45

Sep 22 2020 - 12:55pm

Chances are if your scalp is dry [1], sensitive [2], or both, you know it. (Like, all too well.) Whether you're constantly brushing away flakes [3] from clothing or practically flinching the moment you see a comb [4], that itchiness, irritation, and dandruff could be coming from a pH imbalance, excess oil, built-up products, dead skin cells . . . and, well, the list can go on and on.

There's no need to throw in the bath towel, however, as there are plenty of treatments at Sephora [5] that can target each of those issues and soothe and improve your scalp. Plus, you're not alone: our editors have actually tested each of these products to help their own scalp situations. Ahead, see the treatments that get our stamp of approval — and they're all under $45.

For Irritation: Briogeo Scalp Revival Products

Items: Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Scalp Scrub Shampoo [7] ($42) and Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Tea Tree Scalp Treatment Serum [8] ($32)

What our editor said: "According to the folks at Briogeo, the charcoal in this [shampoo] works to lift impurities off of the scalp, while the cooling sensation of peppermint soothes itchiness straight away. Well, whatever ingredients make this formula effective, I'm just here to confirm that this formula totally lives up to the hype. . . . I credit this formula with defining my curls, smoothing out my frizzy texture (without sacrificing bounce!), and making my hair look shiny as hell. . . . If you feel like going the extra mile, you can go big like yours truly did and pair up the microexfoliating shampoo with Briogeo's Charcoal + Tea Tree Scalp Treatment. My hunch is that I have this oil to thank for extending the clean, minty feeling of my freshly washed hair for those extra few days. . . . If you're suffering from the hell that is an irritated scalp with no idea where to turn, I really can't give Briogeo's Scalp Revival line a big enough thumbs up." — Lisa Peterson, senior manager, Social

If you want to read more, here is the complete review [9].

For Dandruff: Playa California Salt Scalp Scrub Shampoo

Item: Playa California Salt Scalp Scrub Shampoo [10] ($38)

What our editor said: "To exfoliate the flakes right off my head, I use this Playa California Salt Scalp Scrub Shampoo once a week. The tea tree oil in it is instantly cooling, so it feels amazing." — Macy Cate Williams, senior editor, Shop

If you want to read more, here is the complete review [11].

For Buildup: Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Happi Scalp Scrub

Item: Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Happi Scalp Scrub [12] ($36)

What our editor said: "[Sporting a] wash-and-go look [13] means I'm also using several products to style it that way, which also means there will be several products gathering in my roots each time I style it. And, as much as I may like to pretend it away, I know I can't exclusively cowash my hair [14] forever.

"I'll be rotating in this refreshing scrub to cleanse my scalp of product buildup and dead skin cells because its moisturizing marula oil leaves my hair feeling clean and nourished (and not stripped dry like shampoo often does) while I'm at home — and once I can travel again, too." — Morgan Ashley Parker, contributing editor, Beauty

If you want to read more, here is the complete review [15].

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