From getting the best out of cushion foundations to stalking Korean YouTubers, we’re pretty obsessed with K-Beauty trends over here at ELLE. While the trends we’ve been privy to have been mostly focused on skincare, we’ve come to realise that there has been a growing interest in Korean hair care as well.
The principle of the recent hair care trend is simple – it shifts the emphasis from strand care to scalp care. Koreans are especially diligent on monitoring their scalp health, and scalp exfoliators, or scalp scalers, in particular, are a key step in their hair care routine.
Just like your skin, the scalp sheds dead skin cells and get covered in a film of product build-up from your hair masks, sprays, dry shampoo and more. Different from regular shampoos, scalp scalers are specially designed to remove dead skin cells, dirt and build-up from the scalp, while keeping hair follicles healthy. This is thought to prevent premature hair loss and may even help to produce more hair.
Some Koreans treat the scalp scaler step as a “shampoo booster”, as it preps the scalp to receive the cleansing benefits of shampoos. Here are some scalp exfoliators you can check out:
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