Korres Green Silt & Corallina Oligoelements ($30) is billed as a hair and scalp scrub-intensive treatment. It is the first time that I've come across a scrub for hair or a scalp exfoliator. Korres says the scrub will "efficiently remove dead cells from both hair and scalp skin, thus enhancing the health and sheen of the hair". Apparently I'm not the only one to be new to scalp scrubbing. On a web site called Long Hair Care, 75% said they don't exfoliate. Of the few who do, one said she uses her finger nails - which sounds painful and kind of gross.
Still, product build up and dead skin cells could interfere with healthy hair growth so it could be worth scrubbing before sudsing. Unfortunately, I don't think I'm going to be trying it with Korres Green Silt & Corallina Oligoelements. Although the product is called Green Silt, the ingredients list simply lists silt (muddy stuff found clogging up rivers) and a search on 'green silt' suggests that it exists only in the land of Korres. I do like inclusion of aloe, avocado and corallina officinalis
(an antioxidant, as many seaweeds are). Benzyl salicylate may provide UV protection - so often forgotten for the hair and head.
However, there are many potential irritants that I don't want near my newly scrubbed and sensitive scalp: five parabens
, acrylates copolymer, the fragrances butylphenyl methylpropional
and hexyl cinnamal
, and phytantriol
It seems tempting to use a handful of brown sugar or, maybe, Kosher salt. I'd love to hear from head buffers and their scrubber of choice.
We like Korres moisturizer - plus our take on Sephora's top ten
Aesop's scalp cleaner
Aqua (Water), Silt, Glycerin, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Quaternium-82, Acrylates Copolymer, Aloe Barbadensis, Buxus Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Hydrogenated Myristyl Olive Esters, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Benzyl Salicylate, Butylparaben, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citral, Ethylparaben, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydrolysed Corallina Officinalis, Isobutylparaben, Limonene, Linalool, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Methylparaben, Panthenol, Parfum (Fragrance), Phenoxyethanol, Phytantriol, Polyquaternium-37, PPG-1 Trideceth-6, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Propylparaben, Sorbitan Oleate,Tocopheryl Acetate