Wash your hair less with these scalp-first shampoos that bust through buildup


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Once upon a time we were told that we needed to wash our hair every single day. Here in 2019, however, we’ve learned that’s bull. That’s because shampooing your hair daily strips it of necessary natural oils, which can actually dry out your strands, tricking it into producing more oils, ultimately allowing for greasy roots on one end of the spectrum, and split ends on the other.

As a result, just about everyone and their mother has stocked their vanities with dry shampoo. While an absolute godsend of a product (I have more cans than I’d like to admit), it, too, has its limitations. When you load your scalp with dry shampoo to help extend a wash, sure, it absorbs excess oil, but it also clogs the pores and sebaceous glands on your scalp, which can lead to itchiness, dryness, and, in some cases, breakouts. That’s why it’s so important to stock your shower with scalp-specific products to cut through the gunk once a week.

The trick to finding a quality scalp shampoo is to know what to look for. It’s a safe bet to keep an eye out for ingredients like lactic and salicylic acid, apple cider vinegar, pink clay, and charcoal. All of these ingredients aide in gentle exfoliation, which is the main goal of caring for your scalp after weighing it down with dry shampoo all week.

Since you definitely don’t want to head to the store to read through dozens of hair care labels, we’ve done the work for you. Below you’ll find 13 scalp rinses and shampoos that will wash away the build-up of dry shampoo. You’re welcome in advance.

While your scalp is top of mind, you might want to consider adding a scalp serum to your routine. And, whatever you do, don’t forget to apply scalp sunscreen on your next beach trip.

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