Rated 4.53 out of 5 stars
Probably my favorite scalp scrub that I've tried, and I've worked my way through my fair share. From what I can tell, there are two kinds of negative review for it, both of which show a fundamental misunderstanding of how scalp scrubs work: the first says that it dries their hair and scalp out, which, yeah? It's an exfoliant. You should be moisturizing thoroughly after using any kind of exfoliant, but especially for your face or scalp because the skin there (and the hair follicles) are quite sensitive. Use a hair mask after using a hair scrub, please. Ouai even has a line of masks with the same scent.
The second of which is frustrated that the scrub just sits on their hair and doesn't penetrate to the scalp, which. Again, yes? This is clearly user error, obviously you need to put the elbow grease in and work the scrub past the hair and into the scalp. Admittedly this does take some practice to get the hang of, but you can give yourself a head start by parting your hair into sections and applying small amounts first. Then you just gotta roll up your sleeves and get your arm workout in.
That said, I'll reiterate that this is a solid choice for a scalp scrub. The texture doesn't immediately break down upon first rub, and it doesn't have any of those nasty little beads in it (which are garbage for the environment). It's a nice thick paste, the sugar concentration is very dense, and it makes a very luxurious lather. The scent is nice, but I could see it being a little overwhelming for some people why sensitive noses (like mine). It's a little pricey, too, and I'm baffled that they would market such an expensive scrub as both scalp and body (which would use significantly different portion sizes per use).
The summer sun has really dried out my hair making my scalp itchy, so I thought I'd try a scalp scrub. After a lot of searching on the Internet and looking at reviews, I decided on Ouai. I was (and still am) nervous about using the glass jar in the shower, but I park the container on a shelf out of the way of the water. I first used it on my scalp. I'm not sure what I was imagining, but rubbing a salt scrub on your head isn't pleasant. The feeling is almost like getting sand in your scalp after getting submerged in the ocean, but removing it from said scalp is easier and more pleasant with this product, and the smell is very nice. I finished with by conditioning the ends of my hair only. The result: a clean feeling scalp and no itch, at least on the day I washed my hair. It got a little itchy when it was time to wash my hair again (two days later), and I used my usual shampoo with better results-no itch. I also tried the scrub on my body but forgot about the warning concerning keeping the stuff away from eyes. Some frantic rinsing later, I had no lasting effects and I enjoyed using the scrub more on my body than my scalp. The verdict: I will finish the scrub but I'm not sure if I will repurchase it or not. I'll need to evaluate again after using it more than just a couple times.
LemonLime from Charlotte, NC
I received this as a gift and would never pay money for it! The only positive is that it does exfoliate BUT is is so heavily perfumed that I can't stand the smell and will be throwing out the rest of it.
I can't believe how expensive it is. You can buy Tree Hut for $8 and there are a dozen scents including UNSCENTED.
Ive tried to use this a few times and tonight is the last straw. It smelled so bad that i tried to wash it off afterwards and couldn't get the perfume scent off me. Time for it to go in the recycle bin.
Starbec from San Jose, CA
I get a dry scalp and build up. This has been great and just purchased my second jar. Smells great and does what I needed it to.
Michelle from Lansdale pa
Love this product!
Amanda from Los Angeles
This body scrub is perfect. It makes your skin smooth, it doesn't try it out and it smells AMAZING. I love it too much I bought the matching body cream
JoAnn from Santa Clarita, CA
I love this scrub. I use it for my body, but my husband uses it for his scalp and forehead. It is gentle enough but works great. I love the feel of my skin afterward. This is my second purchase of this product.
Ollie from Chicago, IL
Very difficult to message into scalp. Smells great but that's about it.
Laura from Boston, MA
I use this product as both a scalp and body scrub and im obsessed! My scalp feels so refreshed and it really helps with flakiness. The body scrub leaves your skin so so soft!
Nic from Minneapolis
I really like this as a body scrub. It has a nice soap like consistency. I have not used it as a hair scrub so i cant speak to that. The melrose scent smells amazing to me, but i know that is a personal thing. Its a bit spendy but worth it to me. I use it every other day and i am on my second jar. The st barts is nice too!
Nancy from Chicago
I would repurchase this again & again, for myself & makes the perfect gift! The smell is so fresh & has the perfect amount of 'grit' leaving your skin so soft & moisturized. I've never used as a hair scrub, just body. Love it.
Tah from Philadelphia
This is one of the best body scrubs I ever used.
Haleigh from California
Dont get the product wet, just a reminder though. Water got into the product and it wasnt ruined badly but it just made it into a different consistency - still works well! It smells amazing, and its refreshing! I have straight and thin hair.
cj from San Francisco, CA
When i say I LOVE this product, i mean it! i dont usually write reviews, but for this is had to! i usually double shampoo normally, so i used this after i do that. i realized that even with my super thich hair i dont need much. I will say with thick hair it usually ends up dissolving before it can fully get to my scalp, but right after i use it my hair feels so clean i was amazed. i can go longer without hair washes! there is no crazy distinct smell i noticed which is really nice!
Ashley from Atlanta, Ga
This scrub is nice, but I have very senstive skin on my armpits and they are both covered in huge, painful cysts after using this product. I'll use it the scrub on my feet going forward as not to waste it, but probably will not repurchase. I'd only reccommend this product if you don't have sensitive skin.
Ki from Boise, Idaho
I ordered this during the gorgeous hair event, I previously recieved a sample of this and fell in love with the scent. The jar I just purchased has a completely different scent, smells like the leave in conditioner. It's still a good scrub but so is every other scrub… the amazing smell set this one apart so I'm quite bummed. I'm glad I got it on sale, but I won't be repurchasing it anymore.
The sugar melts before it reaches the scalp. So its really ineffective & hard to work with especially if you have thick hair. I would not repurchase. There is also nothing special about the smell everybody else is raving about. Thank god I purchased it while it was on sale.
Kp from Jackson, MS
The product has done the job, but i just feel like its not worth the price. You can get a similar effect of cleansing the scalp for cheaper. I like apple cider vingar rinses or salicylic acid rinses better.
Kate d from Columbus oh
Love this product, it is definitely a little bit pricy but so worth it! It feels amzing on the scalp, I recommend using a mostorizing shampoo after! This js a great one.
Perfection from DMV
Ive tried just about every brans and the scent & texture feels amazing! Like a rich spa day, and the scent is EVERYTHING. I stayed in rhe shower with my body glove scrubbing away. Well worth the price!
Angie from Northridge, Ca
This smells really nice, I give it 4 stars because of the price. Feels nice on the body & scalp. Makes your skin feel so soft.
Anala from Caraway, Arkansas
This is really a good body scrub! It's good & coarse so it does a great job of ridding my body of dead skin. It leaves my skin feeling smooth & hydrated too! It has a great high end spa scent!
Coco from Chattanooga, Tennessee
An expensive scrub but worth it in my mind. It's exfoliating but also suds out so as not to dry out scalp or skin. A nice scent but not overwhelming at all. I'm on my third jar and do not regret it.
LKT from Columbus, OH
I have very sensitive skin. I struggle to fine a good body scrub that isn't too harsh or makes my skin feel like it's coated in sticky oil. This product does neither. It scrubs beautifully, comes of cleanly, and leaves my skin truly silky smooth. Smells incredible. Very much a luxurious experience. Definitely something I will need to always keep on hand.
Susie from Wyomissing, PA
I LOVE the smell of this. It's amazing as a body scrub. It leaves my skin feeling so soft and smooth. However, I didn't like it as a scalp scrub. It left my hair feeling gritty and dirtier than before, which is a little disappointing.
Felt like a lux spa experience in my own shower!
Brittany from CT
I absolutely love this scrub..I use it once a week as a a scalp scrub and it's amazing, especially when I feel like I have a lot of product build up. I've used it as a body scrub too but I mainly use it for my scalp. I'll get in the shower and wet my hair, apply it to just my scalp and then use one of those massagers to really get in there, rinse it out and then I follow it up with the detox shampoo and the ouai fine to medium mask and omg 😍. It also smells so AMAZING I've considered getting the Ouai perfume 😂