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Best Pick: SUCCESS Scalp Washing Brush


This was 500 JPY well spent; the Success Scalp Washing Brush (also called Success Scalp Massaging Shampoo Brush) is perhaps the most instantly gratifying beauty tool I have bought in a long while. A stiff TPE (rubber) bristle brush with different textured nodules that you massage over your scalp as you wash your hair, it requires no extra effort yet has the satisfying effect of deep cleansing scalp treatment. When you think about how little attention you usually pay to your scalp even though that’s where healthy hair starts…. well. If you have thinning hair, scalp problems, or head of hair you want to keep in good condition then this is one tool I can highly recommend.

Best Pick- SUCCESS Scalp Washing Brush closeup

I’ve tried a number of scalp massaging brushes now, and I found none to feel quite as stimulating and invigorating as this one that is made for men. The key here, I feel, is the textured bristle tips— the three-pronged tips sweep away build-up while the large rounded tips and mini nodules really stimulate blood flow. The brush also has a slightly domed shape that fits the curve of your scalp so that those super bristles can reach better and closer to your scalp. There’s no rough edges or seams that would snag or pull out hair.

Best Pick SUCCESS Scalp Washing Brush back

The brush is lightweight, but with a very sturdy (Japan-made) construction. I’ve accidentally dropped it on marble floor from 167cm in the air more times than I’d care to count, but it still looks brand new. Pretty impressive considering the handles of my generic scalp brushes from the 100-yen shops all cracked or broke on contact when dropped! There’s also no holes, crevices, or loose parts that can trap moisture and eventually leading to mould and mildew either. (Just always store it with the bristle-side up to encourage airflow.)

I use and prefer the normal type brush, but a soft type is also available (comes in light blue) if you prefer softer, flexible bristles. It’s available on for US$8.49+ or US$11.90 on YesStyle.

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13 Comments on Best Pick: SUCCESS Scalp Washing Brush

      • Not true..I went to a lot of drugstores in Tokyo..they dun carry it.however 1 drugstore in akibahara carries the guy version…is kao merit shampoo brush is as good?

        • It was everywhere when I got mine, but unfortunately, drugstores (and convenience store) in Japan change their products very quickly. Product cycle in major stores is generally once every 2 weeks.

          I feel the Merit one is better for sensitive scalp.

  1. 😮 I will give this a look! What great timing too as I was relooking at my own hair care routine

  2. Still speaking about haircare, do you know anything about COTA´s reputation? They are the only company in the world which offers a shampoo exactly with the ingredients that I want and exactly with the ones I don´t want to (it´s serious LOL), but I don´t know anything about this company and is a bit odd buying something from a company that you don´t know anything about… According to their site, they seem be very trustworthy, but before I´d like to read your opinion about COTA.

    • I think good overall. They sell salon-exclusive hair products that are used in lots of midrange salons — quite a small company, but most salon-exclusive Japanese hair product companies are.

  3. Hi,
    Just wondered if you could help me. I’m trying to buy this on Rakuten,but I’m having huge communication problems. They said they’d send me the delivery fee for my confirmation, but that doesn’t seem to have happened. I prefer to know first and to buy maximum items for the delivery fee. They said it has been dispatched. I can’t see any evidence in my account that I’ve been charged at all yet. Is this common?
    Is there any advice for buying on Rakuten. I do love Japanese skincare and products. Thanks.

    • Rakuten is a shopping mall, an online Japanese one. It operates exactly like any physical shopping malls — it houses individual stores and the mall management doesn’t take any responsibilities for the stores within.

      Shipping, prices, etc. depends on the actual store in questions, but EMS is the default international shipping method used as it is the safest and fastest. Some stores do ship by other methods if requested.

      If you haven’t received a specific email, I’d check your junk folder. You can always contact the store in question as well — using very simple English is best. I can’t offer much advice as 1) I personally shop from Rakuten’s Japanese site not their global market site 2) I communicate in Japanese 3) I don’t need international shipping.

  4. wow I was looking at this a few years back and I think you just gave me the final incentive to buy it!! Maybe I’ll get two and use one on each side!

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