I had never in my life even heard of a hair scrub until I stumbled across the Body Shop’s Fuji Green Tea Refreshingly Purifying Cleansing Hair Scrub. A bit of a mouthful I know! The whole concept of a hair scrub is honestly just fascinating to me. But, when you think about it, scrubbing your scalp actually makes a lot of sense. I mean, don’t we scrub the living daylights out of every other inch of our bodies? So why not our scalps too?
On a daily basis, our hair withstands a lot: heat, styling, colouring and even harmful environmental factors. And honestly, shampoo and conditioner alone are not always enough to ensure that your hair is healthy and get rid of all the impurities. It doesn’t matter how often you wash your hair, if you’re an avid user of dry shampoo or any other products, your scalp is likely to cling to that residue.
Hair Scrubs actually originated from France, where all the best beauty innovations inevitably stem from. In France, the majority of women try to only wash their hair once a week. This is actually a practice that I have been attempting to train myself into. After all, washing the hair thins the hair and irritates the scalp. And, as someone who colours their hair, that is the last thing I need. So, using a scalp scrub once a week, is actually supposed to extend the time between washes, while helping to restore the hair to its natural beauty!
What are the Benefits of a Hair Scrub?
Like any other area of the body, you have to exfoliate your scalp so that your hair is healthy overall. After all, your scalp is skin too. If your scalp is free of excess debris, then your hair will be shinier, more silky, and ultimately easier to style. As well as this, by getting rid of the dead skin cells and debris, the follicles will be free from impurities, allowing for faster hair growth. And this isn’t the only way that a hair scrub can encourage hair growth. It also increases the circulation to the blood vessels in the scalp, encouraging healthier hair growth.
I don’t know about you, but shiny, healthy hair and increased hair growth sounds like a miracle to me!
The Fuji Green Tea Refreshingly Purifying Cleansing Hair Scrub
In the interest of science, I decided that I just had to try out a hair scrub for myself. So when I saw the Body Shop Hair Scrub, I knew it was fate. This hair scrub is a blend of Japanese Green Tea, Mint Menthol, Salt Crystals (that’s the scrubbing bit) and Community trade honey from Ethiopia. It claims to stimulate blood flow and “whisk away” impurities such as sweat, styling residue, dust and smoke, making the hair feel instantly refreshed. It’s actually suitable for every skin type, so anyone can give it a whirl!
I am a massive fan of the Body Shop because their products are consistently amazing and so is their company ethos. I have even reviewed some of their products in the past, so I was really excited to try this hair scrub!
Does it Actually Work?
I think now I should give you a bit of background on my hair and skin type, just in case you’re new here. My skin, especially on my scalp, is very dry. I’m actually really prone to eczema and psoriasis which sucks. And, on top of that, I get highlights on a regular basis. So, its safe to say that my hair is pretty damaged.
One of the things that worried me the most when I started using this product was that it would strip away my colour. As I dye my hair to a grey/blonde colour, it fades really quickly and it a nightmare to maintain. So I don’t want to use any product that isn’t completely colour-safe. I asked about this when I bought it, but unfortunately the sales assistant wasn’t sure. So I just decided to risk it.
Let me start by saying that this Hair Scrub was literally FULL of surprises. Honestly, I don’t really know what I was expecting, but it was the exact opposite of all my expectations. Firstly, it smells really minty and even feels minty, if that makes any sense? It does what it says on the tin in terms of making your scalp feel refreshed. All you need is a teaspoon of the scrub mixed with a bit of water and then you just massage it all over your scalp. One of the things I really didn’t expect was that it actually starts to lather, like a lot. You really don’t need a lot.
When you wash it off, your hair just feels different. But in a good way, it’s difficult to describe. It feels light, smooth, and it just falls effortlessly.
Unfortunately, I feel like my colour wasn’t quite the same afterwards. Although, I’m hesitant to blame the scrub, as the same thing happens when I use any kind of product that isn’t my silver shampoo. However, I have managed to remedy this a little by mixing some of my usual shampoo with my conditioner and applying it straight after.
Is Scrubbing your Hair Worth the Hassle?
Yes, yes, yes! Simply put, this was everything that I dreamed it would be, and more. Using a hair scrub has now actually become a fixture in my weekly routine, just like exfoliating my face. A word of warning though, it is not something you should do more than once a week, as you don’t want to irritate the skin.
So, if you’re skeptical about the idea of a hair scrub, don’t be because it actually works! I can actually see this as becoming a really cult product within the beauty industry, so make sure you get on the hype!
Have you tried any hair scrubs, and what were your thoughts? Let me know down in the comments! If you want to check out my review of the Body Shop Drops of Light Collection, then you can check it out here!