In recent years, scalp detoxes and scrubs have become increasingly popular. I, myself have used multiple detoxes for getting rid of product buildup and dead skin, ridding my scalp of any toxins or pollutants, and regulating oils on my scalp. When you’re not washing your scalp regularly and using dry shampoos and other styling products can easily build up on the scalp and can be tricky to remove sometimes. Even when you’re using the best shampoos possible, using a scalp detox or scrub to just give your scalp a deep clean is a must. 

Sunday Riley’s Clean Rinse

I accidentally stumbled upon this product when searching for CBD skin care products a few weeks ago. Being a connoisseur of hair styling and hair care products, I was instantly drawn in. Not only was I interested in one of my favorite brands diving into the hair care world, but I loved the color of the packaging. Dumb, I know.. but it was just something that really stood out to me. So, I did what anyone would do and I read up all about the product and the ingredients and how it differs from any other products on the market.

The Pros:  

To me, Sunday Riley is a holy grail skin care line. All of their products are wonderful and have yet to let me down. “Clean Rinse” is not only cruelty free and vegan, but it is also free of sulfates, parabens, and phthalates. Good news for those who’re soy and gluten intolerant, it’s free of those as well. 

Some of the key ingredients used in “Clean Rinse” are Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Niacinamide, Rose Clay, Zinc PCA, Witch Hazel, Vitamins F and B Complex, and Jasmin essential oils. That means, not only is this a great astringent for removing any buildup or impurities on your scalp, but it will also leave your scalp feeling rejuvenated and fresh. 

The Cons:

Something about having a chemical exfoliant such as BHA and AHA going on my scalp makes me a little uncomfortable, personally. With having vibrant colors to my hair, I would be wary that the AHA/BHA would strip my hair of a ton of color even when the color has been freshly applied.

Another con to having to use an SPF with a chemical exfoliant. While the scalp is primarily protected by hair, you would still have to use an SPF to help further protect your scalp since it will be very sensitive from using such a strong exfoliant. I’m partial to manual exfoliants when using a scalp detox/scrub so that I don’t risk over exfoliating my scalp or having to use an SPF on my scalp.

This detox is also on the higher end of the budget at a whopping forty eight dollars for four ounces of product. While Sunday Riley does offer plans with After Pay, the price point is still very steep. 

So, Yay or Nay?

I personally give this product a nay. As someone who uses scalp detoxes on a regular basis, I feel as if there are better alternative detoxes and scrubs out there that are cleaner and give you more bang for your buck. Having an AHA/BHA chemical exfoliant in a scalp detox is just a little too risky for those coloring their hair on a regular basis and could be a little too invigorating for those with sensitive skin. 


dpHUE Apple Cider Vinegar Scalp Scrub – $38.00

dpHUE has been a go to for me for years and they have yet to release something terrible. After using their apple cider vinegar scalp rinse, I decided to take a chance on this scalp scrub not too long ago. With apple cider vinegar having so many benefits for the hair, I immediately noticed a drastic change in how my scalp felt and how shiny and healthy my hair looked without having a weird oily look to it.

This manual exfoliating scalp scrub is still a bit on the pricier side of the spectrum, but you receive nine ounces of product in the container. If you also color your hair, this detox is formulated specifically to be color safe. 

Not Your Mother’s Activated Bamboo Charcoal and Purple Moonstone Restore and Reclaim Scalp Scrub – $8.99

This is a scalp scrub that I can totally get behind and I actually have sitting in my shower at this given moment! I decided to pick this product up after running out of my dpHUE scalp scrub and wanted to try something different without making my wallet cry. This detox is meant to be used as a pre-wash and I could definitely tell after using it. While I thoroughly love the smell and consistency of this scrub, the hydration it leaves in your hair can be a little overwhelming. It is definitely something to take into consideration when purchasing. If you have a finer, healthier texture to your hair, I would definitely recommend going with another scalp scrub.

Amika Reset Exfoliating Jelly Scalp Scrub – $25.00

This scalp scrub is one of the more mild detoxes on the market. Since it’s in a jelly form, it doesn’t over-exfoliate the scalp and leaves it feeling hydrated and refreshed while still doing a wonderful job removing any excess oils and product buildup. The formula is so light weight that any hair texture can easily use this detox! 

Davines SOLU Sea Salt Scrub Cleanser – $42.00 

Davines is easily one of my favorite professional lines to use with clients and for personal use. This Italian based brand focuses on finding sustainable resources with the formulations and packaging for their products. The SOLU Scalp Scrub removes residues and pollutants while being light and gentle on your scalp. It was also rated the best clarifying treatment of 2020 by Women’s Health. 


Scalp Detoxes and Scrubs definitely hold a special place in my heart for obvious reasons listed above. My scalp definitely needs a good cleanse every so often due to my love for dry shampoo. While the Sunday Riley scalp detox may not be the right fit for me personally, I would love to hear your thoughts and opinions if you do decide to give it a try! 

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