The Best Itchy Scalp Treatments and Products

For so long, itchy scalp treatments and products for dandruff were a one-to-one operation. See a flake? Pick up a cheap, clunky bottle of shampoo from the drugstore and breathe in the smell of dads everywhere. Tried and true formulas get the job done, and have been with us through thick and thin, but—make no bones about it—dandruff shampoo isn’t exactly the chicest product in the shower. We push it to the back of the caddy.

But no longer. With more info than ever about the importance of scalp health (and horror stories about dry shampoo’s dark side), scalp products are stepping up their game. And they’re doing so in hoards. Every time we open Instagram it seems like another luxury brand is releasing a new scrub, mask, or elixir promising to to de-flake, balance, and nourish your scalp.

It’s easy to be suckered into pretty packaging, but seriously, how many scalp products does one woman need? Should you be using a scalp-focused shampoo, let alone an entire collection, even if you don’t deal with dandruff? It turns out, yes, according to pros.

“Everyone, no matter their gender or age, can benefit from taking care of their scalp,” says Dr. Ariel Ostad, a NYC-based dermatologist. Your scalp is more prone to dryness than your hair, and a build-up of styling products and increased pollution can lead to irritation and flakiness. Hadley King, M.D., a dermatologist at Skinney Medspa in New York City, adds that excess dryness is something to keep your eye on, as it can eventually lead to hair loss.

While scalp care is definitely something you should be thinking about, most experts will agree you don’t need a full arsenal of products, and less is actually more because too many products can lead to irritation. “We are conditioned to think we need more products than we do, often leading to over washing, which actually irritates our skin by disrupting its natural barrier,” says Ostad.

A clarifying shampoo is something everyone can use once or twice a week to help get rid of build-up, and actually clean your scalp, not just your hair. If you need a deeper clean, King suggests scrubs for deeper exfoliation, but Ostad warns that they can be irritating, so ease in. He also recommends using a moisturizing oil weekly or a mask monthly to really hydrate and strengthen your skin barrier and protect your hair follicles. More targeted serums and treatments are best for those who are trying to prevent hair loss.

The one thing everyone should be using every day? Sunscreen. Just like your face, you should be using SPF daily in order to protect your delicate scalp skin. “I encourage my patients to wear hats whenever possible in the sun, since they protect our scalp as well as our face,” says Ostad.

So, in short: No, the influx of cool dandruff and itchy scalp treatments aren’t just a marketing ploy. But if you’re not sure where to start, we’ve rounded up some of our favorites below.

Kristin Ess Anytime Anywhere Scalp + Hair Milk Oil

It’s hard to find scalp products that clock in at under $20 that don’t look clinical, but as always, Kristin Ess delivers. This bi-phase milk has avocado, olive, jojoba, and castor oils to moisturize both your scalp and hair.

Kristin Ess Anytime Anywhere Scalp + Hair Milk Oi

$14

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Oribe Serene Scalp Anti-Dandruff Shampoo

Who could say no to this pretty pink packaging? Plus, the shampoo’s inclusion of salicylic acid works to gently exfoliate and cleanse build up and irritation.

Oribe Serene Scalp Anti-Dandruff Shampoo

$46

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Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt

This gritty sea salt scrub has a cult following and 613 glowing Sephora reviews, but the derms we spoke to had mixed opinions on physical head scrubs as a whole. While Ostad is in favor of salicylic acid to tackle dandruff, King says that if that kind of chemical exfoliant isn’t your favorite, scrubs like Robin’s could do the trick instead by clearing out the buildup and dead skin that can cause inflammation.

Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt

$53

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Amika Reset Pink Charcoal Scalp Cleansing Oil

If you have really sensitive skin, this cleansing oil will de-gunk your scalp with French pink clay and charcoal, but the Sunflower oil base won’t strip skin. Because the oil emulsifies into a light milk, all hair types can use it and will be left with soft and shiny hair.

Amika Reset Pink Charcoal Scalp Cleansing Oil

$25

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Kérastase Resistance Length Strengthening Scalp Serum

If your number one concern is hair loss, choose a targeted serum. This one uses Creatine R Complex and ceramides to strengthen your scalp and hair follicles, plus smells like an expensive salon.

Kérastase Resistance Length Strengthening Scalp Serum

$51

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Davines The Wake-Up Circle Mask

This yummy mask re-invigorates and moisturizes your scalp and hair with Rhodiola extract and purple clay.

Davines The Wake-Up Circle Mask

$10

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Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-exfoliating Shampoo,

This gentle scrub is perfect for keeping flakes at bay with minimal irritation. It draws on “vegetable-derived micro-exfoliators” to remove dead skin and buildup, and King says the addition of coconut oil will help you moisturize an itchy scalp and soften flakes.

Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-exfoliating Shampoo,

$42

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Sachajuan Scalp Shampoo

Chic and with all the dandruff-fighting properties of a traditional flake-targeting shampoo: Sachajuan’s formula includes salicylic acid, piroctone olamine, and climbazole to exfoliate skin and kick-start healthy cell turnover. King says the combo takes on yeast—if left alone, bacteria feeds off of it to create more inflammation and flakes

Sachajuan Scalp Shampoo

$28

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Aveda Pramasana Protective Scalp Concentrate

Aveda’s little turquoise bottle homes in on the powers of lactobacillus, which the brand says preserves your scalp’s natural protective barrier; seaweed extract, to help control and balance sebum levels; and tamanu oil, which they say protects your scalp from pollution and other free radicals.

Aveda Pramasana Protective Scalp Concentrate

$46

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Moroccanoil Dry Scalp Treatment

This treatment is ideal to soothe and moisturize very dry scalps. Ostad loves it for it’s inclusion of Argan Oil, which is full of nourishing essential fatty acids to calm irritation.

Moroccanoil Dry Scalp Treatment

$38

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The Fall 2019 Essentials Chrissy Teigen Can’t Stop Shopping

At the beginning of our interview, Chrissy Teigen asks if I can hold on for a second.

“Luna is drinking pure strawberry vinaigrette, as a beverage,” she says.

Such is life for the 33-year-old model turned best-selling cookbook author, turned TV personality, turned everyone’s best-friend-in-their-head. She juggles many roles, but take one look at her Instagram lately, and it’s clear that being a mom—and a very cool one at that—is the job she loves most.

But how has motherhood affected her everyday fashion choices?

“Oh my God, I just recently decided I’m no longer wearing things that I have to put over my head,” Teigen tells Glamour. “If I can’t step into it, I don’t wear it anymore. Stretching my arms above my head to put something on or anything crazy fitted that only has a zipper on the side, I’m like, ‘No, no, no.’ I will tailor things to add extra zippers.”

In short, comfort isn’t just key—it’s sort of, well, the only key. That leaves a lot of room to play with accessories, which she loves. “I can wear the most basic stuff, and just put on a good pair of sunglasses, a cute hat, and some hoop earrings,” she says. (And she just designed her ideal sunnies for the celebrity-favorite brand Quay Australia. But more on that in bit.)

As we head towards fall, Glamour asked Teigen to share her absolute favorite fall essentials. (“Easy, silk, nothing dresses with boots—that’s my jam.”) Read and shop on.

Wrap Dress & Scrunchy Boot Combo

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“Once every year I go into this mood where I’ll go online, I’ll be on Free People or whatever, and I’m like, ‘This is going to be me now!,’” Teigen says. When it comes to colors, her aesthetic is pretty minimal. (She says “loves patterns,” but mostly in theory—since “then [what you ordered] comes and you’re like, ‘What the—oh my God, this is crazy.’”) Her go-to styling combo for the fall? “I love an effortless, easy wrap dress [with] a scrunchy suede boot.”

Song of Style Dala Mini Dress

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& Other Stories Knee High Suede Boots

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$279

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Reformation Carina Dress Es

Reformation

$218

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Addition Elle Wide Tall Slouch Stretch Boots

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Flounce London Plus Wrap Front Satin Midi Dress

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Bella Vita Karen II Knee High Slouch Boot

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Equipment Allaire Textured Long Sleeve Silk Blend Wrap Dress

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Silent D Kitten-Heeled Riding Boots

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Pay Negotiation Talks Between U.S. Women’s Soccer Team and U.S. Soccer Break Down

It’s only been a little over a month since the U.S. Women’s Soccer team won the World Cup. While these women (deservedly) took some time to celebrate in incredible fashion, they’ve also never lost sight of their off-the-field goals, which include closing the gender pay gap in their sport.

In March, the team filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against U.S. Soccer over pay equity, as well as working conditions. “I think to be on this team is to understand these issues,” Megan Rapinoe told the New York Times at the time. “And I think we’ve always — dating back to forever — been a team that stood up for itself and fought hard for what it felt it deserved and tried to leave the game in a better place.”

According to the Times, both sides came to the table this week for mediation talks in New York City this week, but that those talks broke down.

“We entered this week’s mediation with representatives of U.S.S.F. [United States Soccer Federation] full of hope,” Molly Levinson, a spokeswoman for the players, said in a statement to the paper. “Today we must conclude these meetings sorely disappointed in the federation’s determination to perpetuate fundamentally discriminatory workplace conditions and behavior. It is clear that U.S.S.F., including its board of directors and President Carlos Cordeiro, fully intend to continue to compensate women players less than men. They will not succeed.”

U.S. Soccer then responded with a statement of their own. “We have said numerous times that our goal is to find a resolution, and during mediation we had hoped we would be able to address the issues in a respectful manner and reach an agreement,” U.S. Soccer said. “Unfortunately, instead of allowing mediation to proceed in a considerate manner, plaintiffs’ counsel took an aggressive and ultimately unproductive approach that follows months of presenting misleading information to the public in an effort to perpetuate confusion.”

This morning, Rapinoe and teammate Christen Press appeared on the Today show to discuss what happened with Savannah Guthrie. “When they’re ready to have a serious conversation about equal pay, I think the conversations will go better,” Rapinoe said. “We didn’t feel like they were there, or willing to get there.”

When asked if there was a particular sticking point in the negotiations, Press expanded on what Rapinoe said. “I think, unfortunately, it was just the concept of paying us equally. We never even got past that,” she explained. “We were very hopeful in our discussions with them that they were going to take our proposals and our positions seriously which is simply that every game that we play, we get compensated the same way a man would for playing or winning that game. And it broke down right there.”

“I think it’s fair for us to ask that when we play a game and we win that game, or we tie that game or we lose that game, that we should be paid the same as our male counterparts and I don’t think that’s an unrealistic or unreasonable ask, to have equality,” Rapinoe continued. She also said that while she doesn’t think anybody wants this case to go to trial, the women are “confident” in their case—and they’re doing this for more than just themselves.

“This is about so much more than just our case…Just from a social perspective, from leaving the game in a better place for women everywhere. If it’s not equal, there’s no deal that we can get to. This isn’t bargaining. You either value us equally and show that, or you don’t.”

Bella Hadid’s Hair Is Even Blonder Than Gigi’s Now

Bella Hadid has been playing with a lot of hairstyles lately. She’s said before that she’s a natural blond, but she’s been dyeing her hair brown for years, and it’s always been an easy way to tell her apart from her older sister, Gigi Hadid. However, she recently shared a snap of herself with golden locks that seem to be closer to her natural color. And now, it looks like she’s going even lighter.

The model was photographed out and about in Los Angeles on Tuesday, August 13, and even though her hair was under a baseball cap, wisps of how blond it is were still visible to fans.

Take a look at the new color for yourself, below. She’s now even blonder than Gigi.

Hollywood To You/Star Max/Getty Images

Here’s how blond she was on Friday, August 9, just for comparison:

Hollywood To You/Star Max/Getty Images

Bella Hadid has been married to the dark look for years now, so it might be time for something new. She revealed to Glamour in 2016 that she started dyeing her hair at 14 years old and wouldn’t rule out going blond again.

“I didn’t really dye my hair to separate myself from Gigi,” she said. “I started dyeing my hair when I was 14. I dyed it black and blue, I wore eyeliner—I was a punk kid. I might want to go blond eventually!”

Meghan Markle Reportedly Took a Secret Birthday Trip With Prince Harry and Baby Archie

Meghan Markle turned 38 on August 4, and people have been speculating non-stop about what she did for her birthday. At first, reports suggested the duchess took things pretty easy. She was said to have hung out at home with family and a lovely cake from Luminary Bakery, a shop that hires underserved women in London. (Markle mentioned them in the issue of Vogue she edited.) However, now the tabloids are suggesting Markle’s birthday was a little more involved; sources say she secretly jetted off to Ibiza wth Prince Harry and Baby Archie.

Both Hello! and The Mirror claim that Markle and her family took off on a private jet on August 6 and spent time in a “secluded villa,” heavily watched over by a security team and local escorts. The rumors are based on sightings covered in Spanish media outlets, who first reported that the trio was in the country for a six-day trip. Buckingham Palace did not comment on whether or not the trip actually happened.

Still, it seems like it might have. As Hello! pointed out, Markle has traveled to Ibiza before, in 2016, and there are a few photos from that trip floating around the Internet. Plus, she’s had a lot going on lately, between Vogue, her newly-announced workwear line for charity, and her new mom duties. So it could be that she just needed a mini vacation.

The only confirmed birthday detail people have is the sweet note that Prince Harry left her on their joint Instagram account. “Happy Birthday to my amazing wife. Thank you for joining me on this adventure!’ – Love, H,” he wrote in a caption. For anyone still dying to know exactly how Meghan Markle celebrates her birthdays, there’s a simple solution: Just get an invite to her bash next year.

SE Cupp Once Starred in an NRA Ad. Now the Conservative Commentator Wants Gun Control

Conservative commentator SE Cupp has been such a staunch supporter of the NRA that she was once featured as an “NRA mom” in an ad campaign. But over the weekend and in the wake of back-to-back mass shootings in two American cities that left 31 people dead, Cupp said on her CNN show that she’d decided to quit the organization.

“I am so sick and tired of participating in this predictable cycle of politics, where a mass shooting happens, the left calls for new guns laws—some meaningful, some unproductive—and the right yells ‘slippery slope’ and hides behind the Constitution,” she said. “Nothing happens, nothing changes. And with the next mass shooting, we do it all over again.”

Cupp announced that she’d cancelled her membership with the NRA and issued a call to action, proposing universal background checks, bans on 100-round ammunition drums, gun violence restraining orders, and mental health programs in schools. But above all, she demanded a new conversation about gun control in America and implored conservatives and progressives to engage in a more honest and even emotional discourse about how to solve the crisis. As she put it, “[I]n the wake of more mass shootings—senseless violence that sent innocent people running for their lives, leaving children orphaned, loved ones dead on the ground—we must do something about guns.”

Here, Cupp explains what has (and hasn’t) change when it comes to her perspective on guns and how she hopes lawmakers will react to renewed pressure to take action on the issue. Also, to the furious conservatives in her mentions: She’s still a proud supporter of the Second Amendment.


I didn’t discover hunting and shooting until later in life. But almost from the start, guns were political for me, because I was and am a political person. As a conservative, I aligned with Second Amendment arguments. That felt natural.

To be frank, a lot of the voices on the left weren’t honest in their arguments and were sometimes inaccurate about guns and gun owners. I was frustrated, and so I pointed that out. Calling out the mistakes that the media made in talking about guns, pointing out the mistakes that Democrats made talking about guns—that just became something I did. I’m still proud of the work and, to be clear, I’m still a supporter of the Second Amendment. That hasn’t changed. What has changed is I’m a mom now. I know it sounds cliche, but it’s true. When I was pregnant I wrote about what it felt like to hunt and shoot as a pregnant woman. I felt empowered and even like it taught me a lot about becoming a mother.

But of course now I am a mom and that’s made me, in some circumstances, even more pro-Second Amendment than I was and also made me take a step back from how I once handled a number of political arguments. Because now it’s personal. Whether it’s gun control or immigration, when there’s more at stake and it’s personalized and contextualized, I see it in a different light. I would hope that’s true for a lot of people.

What frustrates me about the gun argument among conservatives is that we have done the same thing for as long as I can remember, which is give no ground. And the reason we did that is because we have felt that there’s a slippery slope on gun control. There was this imperative not to give an inch. But it just started to feel like the usual conversations after these mass shootings were getting us nowhere. And if I can help move that discussion a millimeter, then I need to do that. Instead of being part of the problem I want to be a part of a solution. I don’t have a whole solution. I don’t even have a fragment of a solution. But the biggest point I want to make is that we all need to put down our weapons and just talk.

S.E. Cupp Once Starred in an NRA Ad—Now the Conservative Commentator Wants Gun Control

Conservative commentator S.E. Cupp has been such a staunch supporter of the NRA that she was once featured as an “NRA mom” in an ad campaign. But over the weekend and in the wake of back-to-back mass shootings in two American cities that left 31 people dead, Cupp said on her CNN show that she’d decided to quit the organization.

“I am so sick and tired of participating in this predictable cycle of politics, where a mass shooting happens, the left calls for new guns laws—some meaningful, some unproductive—and the right yells ‘slippery slope’ and hides behind the Constitution,” she said. “Nothing happens, nothing changes. And with the next mass shooting, we do it all over again.”

Cupp announced that she’d canceled her membership with the NRA and issued a call to action, proposing universal background checks, bans on 100-round ammunition drums, gun violence restraining orders, and mental health programs in schools. But above all, she demanded a new conversation about gun control in America and implored conservatives and progressives to engage in a more honest and even emotional discourse about how to solve the crisis. As she put it, “[I]n the wake of more mass shootings—senseless violence that sent innocent people running for their lives, leaving children orphaned, loved ones dead on the ground—we must do something about guns.”

Here Cupp explains what has (and hasn’t) changed when it comes to her perspective on guns and how she hopes lawmakers will react to renewed pressure to take action on the issue. Also, to the furious conservatives in her mentions: She’s still a proud supporter of the Second Amendment.


I didn’t discover hunting and shooting until later in life. But almost from the start, guns were political for me, because I was and am a political person. As a conservative, I aligned with Second Amendment arguments. That felt natural.

To be frank, a lot of the voices on the left weren’t honest in their arguments and were sometimes inaccurate about guns and gun owners. I was frustrated, and so I pointed that out. Calling out the mistakes that the media made in talking about guns, pointing out the mistakes that Democrats made talking about guns—that just became something I did. I’m still proud of the work, and to be clear, I’m still a supporter of the Second Amendment. That hasn’t changed. What has changed is I’m a mom now. I know it sounds clichéd, but it’s true. When I was pregnant, I wrote about what it felt like to hunt and shoot as a pregnant woman. I felt empowered and even like it taught me a lot about becoming a mother.

But of course now I am a mom and that’s made me, in some circumstances, even more pro–Second Amendment than I had been and also made me take a step back from how I once handled a number of political arguments. Because now it’s personal. Whether it’s gun control or immigration, when there’s more at stake and it’s personalized and contextualized, I see it in a different light. I would hope that’s true for a lot of people.

What frustrates me about the gun argument among conservatives is that we have done the same thing for as long as I can remember, which is give no ground. And the reason we did that is because we have felt that there’s a slippery slope on gun control. There was this imperative not to give an inch. But it just started to feel like the usual conversations after these mass shootings were getting us nowhere. And if I can help move that discussion a millimeter, then I need to do that. Instead of being part of the problem, I want to be a part of a solution. I don’t have a whole solution. I don’t even have a fragment of a solution. But the biggest point I want to make is that we all need to put down our weapons and just talk.

Simone Biles Gets Emotional Talking About How U.S.A. Gymnastics Failed Athletes

Simone Biles made history twice in a row this week during the U.S. Gymnastics Championships: First, she nailed a triple-double during a floor routine and then she pulled off a perfect double-double dismount, making her the first female athlete to land both moves in competition. She ended up winning her sixth all-around title, massive milestone for the 22-year-old athlete.

Biles has been busy celebrating her legendary performances. On Monday, she posted an image on Instagram that shows her looking absolutely overjoyed and captioned it, “That feeling when you make history…. twice.”

But her victories weren’t the only powerful thing she did last week. In an interview before she competed, Biles addressed reports that USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee failed to protect athletes like herself from former physician and team trainer Larry Nassar, who is serving multiple lifetime sentences after being convicted of criminal sexual conduct.

After an 18-month investigation, a bi-partisan Senate committee announced that both organizations “knowingly concealed abuse by Larry Nassar, leading to the abuse of dozens of additional amateur athletes from summer 2015 to September 2016,” according to a report from the Washington Post.

Before competing, she told reporters, “They couldn’t do one damn job. You had one job. You literally had one job, and you couldn’t protect us,” she said. “And it’s just really sad because every time I go to the doctor or training, I get worked on and I don’t want to get worked on, but my body hurts. I’m 22. At the end of the day, that’s my fifth rotation, and I have to go do therapy, but it’s just hard, and we try to work through it, but it’ll take some time. I’m strong, I’ll get through it, but it’s hard.”

Biles has been committed to shining light on abuses in the gymnastics world, and she’s supported other victims of assault. Last year, she wore a leotard specifically to honor survivors. As she explained, “I stand with all of them, and I think it’s kind of special to unite.”

Simone Biles Gets Emotional Talking About How USA Gymnastics Failed Athletes

Simone Biles made history twice in a row this week during the U.S. Gymnastics Championships: First she nailed a triple-double during a floor routine and then she pulled off a perfect double-double dismount, making her the first female athlete to land both moves in competition. She ended up winning her sixth all-around title, a massive milestone for the 22-year-old athlete.

Biles has been busy celebrating her legendary performances. On Monday she posted an image on Instagram that shows her looking absolutely overjoyed and captioned it, “That feeling when you make history…twice.”

But her victories weren’t the only powerful thing she did last week. In an interview before she competed, Biles addressed reports that USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee failed to protect athletes like herself from former physician and team trainer Larry Nassar, who is serving multiple lifetime sentences after being convicted of criminal sexual conduct.

After an 18-month investigation, a bipartisan Senate committee announced that both organizations “knowingly concealed abuse by Larry Nassar, leading to the abuse of dozens of additional amateur athletes from summer 2015 to September 2016,” according to a report from the Washington Post.

Before competing, she told reporters, “They couldn’t do one damn job. You had one job. You literally had one job, and you couldn’t protect us,” she said. “And it’s just really sad because every time I go to the doctor or training, I get worked on and I don’t want to get worked on, but my body hurts. I’m 22. At the end of the day, that’s my fifth rotation, and I have to go do therapy, but it’s just hard, and we try to work through it, but it’ll take some time. I’m strong, I’ll get through it, but it’s hard.”

Biles has been committed to shining light on abuses in the gymnastics world, and she’s supported other victims of assault. Last year she wore a leotard specifically to honor survivors. As she explained, “I stand with all of them, and I think it’s kind of special to unite.”

The Self-Tanner Taylor Swift Allegedly Buys in Bulk

Prior to this year, if you told me that I would eventually purchase an entire box of self-tanner, I would have scoffed. This is a product, I thought, that requires practiced, calculated application. It needs to come with the additional purchase of an exfoliating mitt. It will stain every set of sheets and towels I own. Then, spring came, I realized my legs hadn’t seen the sun in almost four months, and I was looking especially washed out. So, despite my reservations, I made a detour to Sephora in the middle of a springtime snowstorm.

“I think I need self tanner,” I said plaintively, wrapped in my scarf and beanie. The sales associate gave me a look that said, “Say no more,” and walked me over to a wall of bronze bottles. But instead of handing me one, she reached over and in one fluid movement, presented me with a bright yellow box of Kate Somerville 360° Tanning Towelettes. “This is what you want,” she said emphatically. “Taylor Swift came into the 5th Avenue location once…” she added, suddenly lowering her voice. “And she bought out our entire stock.”

Wondering if it was too good to be true, I looked her straight in the eye. “All of it?” I asked. “Honest,” she said, so seriously I thought she might pinky swear on it.

It should come as no surprise that I bought the towelettes. Whether or not they’re actually Swift-approved, I can confirm that they are indeed worthy of stockpiling after using them extensively. Each pre-soaked towelette comes individually wrapped, making it ideal for travel. They are truly foolproof and create a natural bronze effect, as though you’ve just spent the past two days leisurely drinking CBD-infused seltzer water on the beach. Best of all, even novices can’t mess up the application.

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Having never gone near a bottle of faux tan before, I simply did what Google instructed. After showering and exfoliating, I hopped out, dried off, and rubbed the towelette all over my face and body (yes, it can be used on both). I washed my hands after application to prevent overly bronzed palms, put on an old T-shirt, and went to bed. The entire post-shower process took no more than five minutes.

The next morning I woke up, quite literally aglow. There wasn’t a single orange streak or patch in sight, and I smelled only faintly of lemon-tinged DHA (the ingredient in self-tanner that makes you tan but also has that distinct self-tanner smell). My T-shirt and white sheets were pristine. Perhaps the best way to describe the final effect is that it doesn’t look like you’re wearing any self-tanner, which is kind of the whole point. “You look tan,” my roommate said to me that day. (To my great disappointment, she did not say, “You look like Taylor Swift!”)

One box of eight pre-wrapped towelettes will run you $48, which means that each tan comes out to a reasonable $6. The convenience and long-lasting color (I get about two weeks of wear time out of each sachet) keep me coming back. To maximize usage, I’ll sometimes cut off tiny towelette pieces for touch-ups on the areas that fade faster—like around my ears or on my face. I should also add that these don’t make me break out, which is more than I can say about 95% of the beauty products that I have tried. I have yet to witness Taylor Swift buying these at my local Sephora, but I’m already on my second box—and I’ll be back for more the second I run out.