Shifting from skin to hair care isn’t that much of a stretch, especially when you think about the scalp’s role in keeping hair healthy. So, when we found out that beloved, cult-following skincare brand Sunday Riley was expanding into haircare we had to try out the new hero product for ourselves.
When a scalp is clean and clear, hair can grow through unobstructed follicles which is key for long, strong hair.
The Sunday Riley Clean Rinse Clarifying Scalp Serum: $48 aims to remove buildup caused by-products, dirt, pollution, dandruff, and dead skin for more lustrous hair. The cleanser removes any excess impunities through a cocktail of glycolic acid, which removes surface-level buildup, salicylic acid which goes deep into the follicle and dissolves sebum, as well as rose clay to easily remove anything left over.
The product also contains witch hazel, to act as an astringent, and a blend of vitamins and minerals (including panthenol, calcium, zinc, Vitamin B, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E) to deliver much-needed nourishment back into the scalp and encourage growth right at the source. The cleanser is made from a micellar water-base (a skin favorite) and fatty acids, like jasmine essential oil and rosewater to rehydrate the hair and scalp after the cleanser is rinsed off.
The bottle opens through a nozzle cap, which is perfect for targeted delivery into the scalp without getting too messy or having the cleanser leak onto the hair.
I divide my hair into sections when it’s dry and massage thoroughly, as the instructions suggest. For totally even coverage and to make the most of my massage, I use the ColorProof Scalp Cleansing Brush: $19.
As soon as the cleanser touches my scalp, my skin feels immediately refreshed. The smell is more medicinal than fruity or sweet but that’s kind of a good thing since it’s not overpowering – also the smell doesn’t persist after its been rinsed out.
The serum can be left on from anywhere in the range of 3 to 30 minutes, depending on your level of buildup. I honestly prepared myself for a burning/stinging sensation since I have a pretty sensitive scalp/skin, but it was super gentle and provided a really clean feeling. After a vigorous massage and about 5-7 minutes of letting it sink in, I wash it out and shampoo and condition as normal, though shampoo is optional post-cleansing serum.
My scalp is definitely less bogged down by dandruff, product, and anything else after I cleanse, more so than if I had just used shampoo alone, and even if I had used a heavy-duty dandruff shampoo. The cleanser can be used once a week or more, depending on your individual level of buildup.
All in all, I would recommend the cleanser to anyone who has a heavy hand with products or wants a little extra something to help their scalp remain clean and healthy, which will ultimately benefit your hair. I will continue using the cleanser, and I’m happy to say it’s a new part of my hair care regimen. Shop Sunday Riley Clean Rinse here.