These 10 Scalp Massagers Support Healthy Hair Growth—and Feel So Good to Use

The expert-recommended brushes remove built-up oil and dirt, while simultaneously stimulating blood flow to the scalp.

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If the only time you get a scalp massage is when you visit the salon, it's time for the self care practice to become a regular part of your wash routine. The easiest way to replicate this ritual at home is with a scalp massager, which are small, soft brushes with ergonomic handles and rubber bristles that gently massage the scalp and detangle hair. Not only are they relaxing to use, but scalp massager brushes also have a myriad of benefits that improve the overall quality of your scalp and hair.

The Benefits of Scalp Massagers

The beauty tool stimulates blood flow to the scalp and simultaneously cleans the skin. "This will help towards a cleaner and healthier scalp and hopefully healthy hair growth," says Penny James, IAT, MIT, trichologist, and the owner of Penny James Salon. Additionally, scalp massagers can help combat dandruff and break down a buildup of oil, dirt, and hair products. "If you have dandruff, a scalp brush is a good tool to use while you are washing your hair with a zinc-based shampoo to remove the flakes," she says.

How to Use a Scalp Massager

To use a scalp massager properly, start by applying a scalp treatment—like a hair mask or oil—directly onto the scalp. "Then, take the small massage brush, place the brush flat onto the scalp, and use a bit of pressure to move the brush back and forth a few times," says James. "Lift off the scalp, move to the next section, and repeat until you have applied this technique all over the scalp." This process is best performed on damp or wet hair, but it can also be done on dry hair.

The Best Scalp Massagers

Denman D6 Original Be Bop Scalp Massager and Shower Brush

D6 Original Be Bop Scalp Massager
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This multi-functional brush checks off the two main things to look for when choosing a scalp massager. "The brush needs to be small enough to fit into the palm of your hand and have soft rubber tips to use on the scalp," says Penny. Not only can this brush be used to massage your scalp, but it's also good for detangling your hair in the shower.

Tangle Teezer Scalp Hair Brush

Tangle Teezer Scalp Hair Brush
Courtesy of Target

With two-tier teeth technology, this brush stimulates the scalp and hair follicles, allowing your hair to grow stronger and healthier. "I like the tangle tweezer for its unique shape that comfortably fits in your hand," says LeAna McKnight, a celebrity hairstylist and founder of SL Raw Virgin Hair. "Plus, it not only massages your scalp but also helps to detangle strands of hair."

Briogeo Scalp Revival Stimulating Therapy Massager

Briogeo Scalp Revival™ Stimulating Therapy Massager
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Suitable for all hair types, this massager brush can be used on wet or dry hair and with or without product. "It has very soft rubber tips, so it's easy to hold and perfect for all scalp types," says James.

Pacifica Clarifying Scalp Massage Brush

Pacifica Clarifying Scalp Massage Brush
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Perfect to use while shampooing, this option will instantly transport you to the salon chair. "The easy-to-grip handle makes using it in the shower that much simpler," says McKnight. The brush effortlessly detoxifies clogged pores caused by environmental stressors and product buildup.

Wet Brush Scalp Brush

Wet Brush Scalp Brush
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This massager brush has a removable silicone cap which you can fill with your favorite scalp treatment, shampoo, or hair oil; it will then diffuse the formula into your hair as you massage. As it works, the brush cleanses, detoxifies, and rejuvenates your scalp for healthier hair.

Tangle Teezer Compact Styler Hairbrush for Wet and Dry Hair

Tangle Teezer, Pink
Courtesy of Amazon

Constructed with long teeth to detangle and short teeth to smooth the hair cuticle, this brush can do it all. "Use this one to brush your hair before getting into the shower—before washing hair and before applying any wet treatment to the scalp," says James, noting that you can also use it after the shower or at the gym, post-workout.

Flathead Products Hair Scalp Massager

Flathead Products Hair Scalp Massager and Shower Dandruff Brush
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This massager comes with two heads—one with long bristles and one with short—so you can customize the tool to your liking. The flexible handle allows you to easily slip your hand onto your scalp to increase massage pressure and remove dead skin, oil, dandruff, and more.

MAXSOFT Hair Scalp Massager Shampoo Brush

MAXSOFT Hair Scalp Massager Shampoo Brush
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With the perfect grip handle, this brush makes it easy to massage your scalp. It has soft, thick silicone bristles that stimulate blood flow to the scalp and can be used across all hair types.

Vegamour GRO Revitalizing Scalp Massager

GRO Revitalizing Scalp Massager
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Suitable for wet and dry hair, this scalp massager has a series of bristles that stimulate the scalp and boost scalp health. It's safe for all hair types, as well as fragile color-treated, bleached, or chemically treated hair.

Scalpmaster Shampoo Brush

Scalpmaster Shampoo Brush, Purple
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A great way to exfoliate your scalp, this option has a loop at the top; you can hook your finger through it to easily hold the brush to your head as you massage.

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