As a hair product junkie, my scalp usually pays the price for my many mists of memory spray and douses of dry shampoo. After a couple days of product binging, I can feel a slight film on my roots, making my head feel itchy — even if there’s not a trace of oil in sight — which is more than a little gross. It’s a constant cycle, but I’ve noticed that it’s even worse during the summer. As you can imagine, the unfortunate combination of sweat and product buildup means that my scalp needs a little extra love this time of year.
A new shampoo has been rocking my world this season and has proved to be just what my gunked-up scalp needs. The Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo ($42) not only scrubs away every bit of lingering product that’s been weighing my hair down but also hydrates my parched scalp. I love using the paste for its cleansing benefits, but there’s another reason I am completely obsessed AF with it: the smell.
The second you screw the lid off, you’re hit with a refreshing whiff of peppermint, spearmint, and tea tree oils, that alleviate itchiness or irritation. It’s just what I need to jumpstart drowsy mornings and make showering a process I actually enjoy. As you work the product through your hair, you can instantly feel the oils chill out any inflammation thanks to their gentle cooling effect.
After one use, I ran my fingers over my squeaky clean head and noticed that everything felt noticeably smoother and moisturized. Japanese binchotan charcoal is the game-changing ingredient; it pulls impurities, leftover product, dirt, and oil to the surface so the veggie-based micro-exfoliators can easily slough them away. Coconut oil adds a healthy, natural dose of hydration to your freshly scrubbed scalp, leaving it feeling soft-to-the-touch and ready for whatever style you have in store.
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