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5 Scalp-Saving Shampoos

Spring is finally on its way, and we’re sure you want to kick off the new season with shiny, soft, healthy hair. But the harsh winter months have most likely left your strands damaged and dry, and cold temps plus continuous heat styling have no doubt taken a toll on your scalp.

Before you start slathering on your deep conditioner, it’s key to make sure that your scalp is good shape, which means ridding it of dead skin cell build-up that can clog hair follicles. That’s the first step in revitalizing dull, lifeless hair. Once you have a clean and hydrated foundation, your hair’s texture will automatically improve. Then you can work on moisturizing your luscious locks (if need be). We suggest trying one of the following five shampoos, all of which are perfect for breaking up flakes and resorting moisture to your scalp, allowing for optimal hair growth (i.e. a gorgeous head of hair for spring!).

Plus, not one of these products smells like the medicinal dandruff shampoos of yore. They’re beautifully scented, like any luxe hair cleanser.

1. Aveda ‘Scalp Benefits’ Balancing Shampoo, $17
Aveda’s shampoo is gentle, formulated to be used everyday, which means it will help reveal a healthy scalp quickly. It penetrates right down to the root, sopping up excess oil as well as breaking up and removing buildup. It’s also heavily hydrating and won’t irritate your scalp, despite the fact that it’s doing some serious work on it. Perfect for those who suffer from sensitive skin from head to toe.

2. Clear Scalp & Hair Total Car Nourishing Therapy Shampoo, $6
According to Clear, 90% of the hair’s natural strength comes from the scalp. Which is why it’s so important to take good care of it, especially after a harsh, damaging winter. Clear’s Scalp & Hair Therapy Shampoo is packed with a rich blend of vitamins and nutrients that seep into the scalp, creating a healthy foundation for strong, shiny and vibrant hair.

3. Jason Normalizing Tea Tree Treatment Shampoo, $10
Tea Tree oil is known for it’s anti-bacterial properties, and is an excellent ingredient for targeting and loosening dead skin cell buildup. Jason’s shampoo also contains grapefruit extract and wheat germ oil, which help to naturally relieve any itchy discomfort that may come with a flaky, unhealthy scalp. The formula is gentle enough to use daily, so you’ll have healthy, flake-free hair before you know it.

4. Kiehl’s Scalp Purifying Anti-Dandruff Shampoo, $18
We all know Kiehl’s produces top-notch products, and this shampoo is no exception. Perfect for those suffering from serious flakes, this shampoo contains rosemary oil, a variety of amino acids, as well as a variety of antioxidants, all of which restore the scalp to it’s naturally hydrating and healthy state, allowing it to better defend itself against dryness. It also helps to control the recurrence of dandruff, as well as calm itching, irritation and redness.

5. Redken Scalp Relief, $16
Using Redken’s own “Interbond Scalp System,” this shampoo delivers key ingredients (such as pyrithione zinc to control dandruff, lavender extracts to soothe irritation, and glycerin for the ultimate hydration of both hair and scalp). Not only is the scalp instantly relieved of buildup and flakes, it’s also protected from future occurrences, especially if used regularly. Redken’s formula leaves hair soft, shiny and ready for spring.

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