This story originally appeared on Shape.com.
Raise your hand if you’ve ever been personally victimized by Regina George... err, dandruff. Everyone? Sounds about right; after all, you can experience a flaky, itchy scalp any time, anywhere, and during any season. And while it's best to consult a doc if you can't stop scratching your scalp no matter how many coal tar shampoos you've sampled, there's a simple solution waiting out there for you—and it's just $10.
Introducing—drum roll, please—the Maxsoft Scalp Massager Shampoo Brush (Buy it, $10, amazon.com). The brush boasts thick, soft silicone bristles that stimulate blood flow to the scalp and oil glands, manually exfoliate the scalp, and offer a solid head massage. Yup, you read that right: just like the skin on your face, the skin on the top of your head can benefit from regular exfoliation, too.
Removing dead skin cells from your scalp improves the health of your epidermis (outer layer of skin), stimulates hair follicles, and promotes more robust hair growth, Shani Francis, M.D., previously told Shape. But that’s not all: sloughing off the dead stuff can help get rid of sticky or oily product buildup that’s been camping out on your scalp, blocking hair follicles and limiting your locks from growing. This accumulating gunk can also be to blame for that annoying AF itch and dandruff.
Shop it! Maxsoft Scalp Massager Shampoo Brush, $10, amazon.com
More great news? This small rubber brush has scored a five-star rating from not one hundred, not two hundred, but over 27,000 Amazon shoppers, who say that it effectively removes dandruff and buildup from your scalp while delivering a salon-quality massage.
Just take it from one reviewer who wrote: “I am in LOVE with this product. It massages your scalp when shampooing and it cleans any gunk out of my hair such as dry shampoo and hairspray accumulation. My scalp feels rejuvenated and clean!!! Definitely recommend buying this one! Also if you have an itchy scalp this will soothe it when you use it in the shower!"
"Let me tell you that this product is uhhhhh-mazing! I love how it massages my scalp and it helps the blood to circulate, therefor making your hair grow. Now I can last longer between washes since it gets all the gunk out of the scalp!" raved another.
Another pleased purchaser said: "I suffer from embarrassing seborrheic dermatitis, and this helps wonders! I have tried scalp scrubs in the past and they weren't enough to get rid of the large flakes I suffered from. A colleague of mine also has this and suggested it to me - and she found it even stimulated hair growth! I will say my hair feels more voluminous the next day after using. I use mine in addition to scalp treatments, and what a difference! Hello beautiful scalp!"
Now, I know what you’re thinking: "Doesn’t a manual, DIY scalp massage require a lot of effort?" Sure, getting a professional massage would be ~ideal~, but your wallet will thank you for investing in this scalp brush instead. (Also, social distancing.) And rest assured, it's not difficult to use: The brush is lightweight and has an ergonomic handle that’s easy to hold and is, in another reviewer’s words, “comfortable.”
So, in conclusion, you can ditch dandruff, promote hair growth, and zen the F out all by just brushing your hair with this bad boy. How could you not be sold?