This Minty Scalp Scrub Removed Months of Buildup from My Hair

This Philip B. scalp scrub smells like candy canes and leaves you with soft, clean hair.

Philip B. Peppermint Avocado Scalp Scrub on a pink and purple background
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Throughout my 20-plus years on this planet, I've been lucky enough to have skirted many, if not all, of the common hair-related struggles. I've never gotten horrendousbangs or damaging chunky highlights, nor have I dealt with puddles of grease or dandruff at my roots. Save for the occasional split end and the mildly oily follicles that follow two+ days without a good shampoo, I thought my tresses were largely trouble-free.

But after I tried the new Philip B. Peppermint Avocado Scalp Scrub (Buy It, $75, — which is designed to remove all the excess oil, dead skin, dirt, and product from the scalp — my perception of my hair's health was upended. On the night of the trial run, I shampooed and then slowly massaged the scalp scrub all over my head, letting it sit for roughly five minutes, with a few additional rubs here and there. After rinsing it out, conditioning my hair, and allowing it to air-dry, the scalp scrub's magical effects were undeniable: My locks were bouncier and more lightweight than ever before, and my roots had more volume than I thought was possible, proving just how much gunk had secretly built up over the months.

The main ingredient behind the scalp scrub's magic is small chunks of sea salt, which gently buffed away all the oil and dead skin that had seemingly amassed on my skin's surface. While the salt got to work at the grime, the product's avocado, peppermint, and eucalyptus oils joined forces to create a tingling sensation that made my roots feel rejuvenated. To balance out the exfoliation and tingle, the creamy Philip B. scrub boasts nourishing aloe leaf juice that left my hair soft and hydrated, not to mention squeaky clean for days following my first use. But after a week, my locks started to feel a bit more weighed-down, as they reverted back to their normal, slightly greasy state. So, I've since made a monthly tradition to give my hair a good scrub down.

Philip B. Peppermint Avocado Scalp Scrub texture

Aside from all the hair perks it offers, the Philip B. scalp scrub also creates a luxurious, spa-like experience even in my tiniest of showers. The salt rubbing up against my head feel almost like a hairstylist massaging my scalp with shampoo, and even though I use just a small dollop of the scrub, its bright and bold peppermint fragrance makes me feel shockingly more refreshed. The most lavish feature, however, is the scrub's bubble-bath like lather. (If this product sounds ah-mazing, you'll love these other detoxifying scalp scrubs.)

According to reviewers, that power to provide both clean-as-a-whistle hair and a deluxe experience is exactly what makes the Philip B. scalp scrub worth the high price tag. "As I was working this into my scalp, enjoying the luxurious feel and the wonderful energizing peppermint, I realized that this is a wonderful self-care product," wrote one reviewer. "This is more than I would normally spend on myself, but I did not realize how wonderful it would be in both application and result. My scalp felt clean, and my hair felt clean and soft. My senses were perked up, as well as my mood."

So, if there's anything to glean from my experience, it's that the Philip B. Peppermint Avocado Scalp Scrub is the instant pick-me-up both you and your hair definitely need — you just might not realize it yet.

Philip B. Peppermint Avocado Scalp Scrub

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