The growing popularity of Esthetic House’s CP-1 Scalp Scaler proves that Korean Beauty’s influence isn’t just relegated to skincare. This product meant for deep cleaning and exfoliation of your scalp is probably one of the most well-known Korean hair products currently. Since I’ve been on the lookout for a good scalp scrub for my oily scalp lately. I was really excited to pick this one up.
Like the K-beauty 10-step skincare regimen that become popular several years ago, there’s also a 10-step haircare routine that is popular in Korea. This routine is about caring for your hair, but with particular importance on scalp health.
What Does CP-1 Scalp Scaler Do?
The CP-1 Scalp Scaler is a scalp scrub that aims to 1) cleanse the scalp of excess sebum (oil) and buildup as well as exfoliate dead skin cells, 2) soothe an irritated or itchy scalp, and 3) nourish the roots of the hair to keep scalp healthy to protect against hair loss.
The CP-1 Scalp Scaler is great for those who have an oily scalp or too much buildup, or who suffer from irritated and inflamed scalp. It is also gentle enough for those with sensitive scalps.
CP-1 Scalp Scaling Ingredients
The CP-1 Scalp Scaler has many natural ingredients that exfoliate, cleanse, soothe, and nourish the scalp. The list of ingredients includes:
- to cleanse and soothe inflammation, dissolves oil and unclogs pores
Tea Tree Oil
- antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties
- moisturizes and exfoliates the scalp, great for fighting dandruff and for sensitive scalps
- heals by increasing cell turnover, soothes redness and irritation
Green Tea Extract
- moisturizes and soothes, promotes cell rejuvenation and may help with hair growth
- refreshes the scalp, clears away dead skin and normalizes sebum production
- stimulates circulation of the scalp, soothes itchy scalps, may help with hair growth
- has many soothing properties, improves circulation to hair follicles
The packaging lists the ingredients in Korean. Here they are in English:
“Water, sodium chloride (36%), disodium laureth sulfosuccinate, cocamidopropyl betaine, cocamide mipa, cocamidopropyl hydroxysultaine, sodium cocoyl isethionate, decyl glucoside, coco-glucoside, menthol, sodium lauroyl methylaminopropionate, methyl propanediol, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) flower extract, monarda didyma leaf extract, mentha piperita (peppermint) leaf extract, freesia refracta extract, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, butyl ene glycol, 1,2-hexanediol, houttuynia cordata extract, perilla frutescens leaf extract, camellia sinensis leaf extract, melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) extract, glyceryl caprylate, climbazole, polyquaternium-10, ethylhexylglycerin, citric acid, disodium edta, fragrance.”
How Does Scalp Scaling Fit Into The Korean Haircare Routine?
Scalp scaling is the first step in the 10-step Korean hair care routine. With the CP-1 Scalp Scaler, you can exfoliate and remove dead skin cells while also massaging your head (another important part of the routine.)
The Korean hair care routine goes as follows:
1. Scalp Scaling
2. Shampoo + Scalp Massage
4. Hair Mask
5. Vinegar Rinse
6. Scalp Mask
7. Scalp and Hair Toners
8. Scalp and Hair Serums
9. Hair Essence
10. Overnight Treatment
Taking care of the scalp is such an important part of the Korean hair care routine that half of the steps are dedicated to it. Taking care of your scalp will encourage hair growth, manage conditioners like irritation, dandruff, and oiliness, and create hair that is shinier and healthier in overall appearance.
How Do You Use CP-1 Scalp Scaler?
Using the Cp-1 Scalp Scaler is similar to using shampoo. Take a small amount of the product (I used a nickel-sized amount) and start massaging it into your scalp. I found it useful to start with the crown of my head and then slowly move forward, and then onto the sides, before massaging the back of my head. Massage the scalp scaler for 2-3 minutes before rinsing.
Avoid getting too much of the scalp scaler into the lengths of your hair since it can have a drying effect on your hair.
How Often To Use CP-1 Scalp Scaler
The CP-1 Scalp Scaler is meant to be used 1-3 times a week in place of your shampoo, but if you have a dry scalp use it once a week or once every two weeks. The scalp scaler is gentle enough to use frequently without further disturbing your scalp. It’s nourishing and moisturizing ingredients keep it from drying out your scalp and instead promote balancing of your scalp’s oil production for optimal scalp health.
My Experience with the CP-1 Scalp Scaler
Using the scalp scaler is different than using a regular shampoo. Because it the CP-1 Scalp Scaler is so thick, it can be difficult to spread around. I started by massaging it into my scalp at the crown and slowly moving my way around my head.
It takes a few full minutes to work into a lather, but once it does it becomes a thick, heavy, sudsy lather. Once I was satisfied that I had reached every corner of my scalp and massaged thoroughly, I rinsed it out of my hair.
After drying my hair, I expected that my hair my oily scalp might feel much dryer, especially after repeated use. I used it a for a few weeks and instead of my scalp feeling dry it felt nourished and balanced. This is not an overly stripping formula but rather a gentle and balancing one that can help anyone with scalp issues, especially oiliness, dandruff, dryness, irritation and itchiness, and sensitive scalps.
CP-1 Scalp Scaler Review Conclusion
The CP-1 Scalp Scaler is an amazing product for a gentle scalp cleanse. It works for so many different scalp conditions and uses ingredients that both soothe and exfoliate, moisturize and cleanse. This is great scrub for promoting a healthy scalp and healthy hair overall.