Washing my hair has, let’s just say, been put on the back burner since I became a mom in 2019, and even more so since the pandemic began and I’ve spent most of my time at home. As a beauty editor for over a decade, I have my fair share of shampoos ready to test in my shower, but I more frequently reach for a dry shampoo for the convenience (I love the new Dove Orange Blossom Dry Shampoo and my all-time-favorite is the Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo).
I usually wash my hair once or twice a week after a particularly intense Peloton session. After days of using dry shampoo and a sweaty workout, I’m definitely in need of a clarifying option. And the new Strictly Curls 3X Moisture 2-in-1 Scalp Scrub + Shampoo ($9) from Marc Anthony Haircare really delivers.
It comes out as a paste, then turns into a foam with tiny, soft crystal salt that gently exfoliates. I have a pretty sensitive scalp, but using this scrub doesn’t irritate or inflame my skin. It’s just the right amount of grit and texture without being harsh and abrasive. That's thanks to ingredients like kaolin and bentonite clays, which absorb oil and dirt, leaving hair feeling clean and fresh.
The combination of marula oil, coconut oil, and shea butter means it leaves my hair super soft, silky, and shiny. Though it’s meant for curly hair, I have been using it on my fine, straight hair, and it doesn’t weigh it down like other products, especially those containing those heavier oils, tend to.
Also? The fragrance is also delightful. There is a hint of beach from the coconut oil, but it’s totally understated and not at all overpowering. Definitely a bonus for those of us who like a little bit of fragrance, but not so much that it follows us around the next day.
I really like that it foams like a true shampoo—many other scalp scrubs don’t. They kind of just sit on your scalp (a lot of them just feel like you're rubbing in sea salt), but not this stuff. It really gets in there—and I've tried my fair share of scrubs, including super fancy ones that are four times the price of my Marc Anthony pick. I think this 2-in-1 works just as well, and I love that it’s under $10. And you can order it on Amazon! We love the convenience!
So, the next time you're feeling the buildup of product (whether it be dry shampoo, hair spray, or other formulas that tend to dry out your scalp), grab a bottle of this stuff. You'll come out of the shower with silky hair and a scalp that feels moisturized and clean—a total reset.
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