Exfoliate Your Scalp The Right Way
The skincare aisle is one crowded place with several products lined up for specific purposes. From serums, moisturizers, scrubs, toners to masks, formulas have been carefully curated to cater to the skin’s needs. But what about your scalp? It has the same needs as your skin, in fact, more because it is the skin where your hair inhibits, grows, and nurtures. Good thing the scalp is now getting much-needed attention from the experts. They have introduced new techniques and products to take care of the important skin area; the scalp.
The particular haircare technique in the discussion here is scalp exfoliation. Yes, scalp exfoliation is necessary, and you will know why you need it. Read on:
What Is Scalp Exfoliation
Much like exfoliation of the skin, you use a granular substance, tool, or chemical exfoliants to remove dead cells, debris, product residue, and dirt buildup from the scalp. The impurities accompanied by excess oils and sweat clog the pores, halt the hair growth process and produce flaky patches. These flaky patches then take the shape of a larger hair problem known as dandruff, which is pretty much a sign that your scalp health is on a sloppy path. From there, you begin facing itchiness, irritations, redness, hair fall, thinning, and several other scalp issues.
Most scalp woes could remain under control by the simple act of exfoliating the scalp. You know now why scalp exfoliation is requisite for overall scalp wellness and hair strength.
How To Exfoliate The Scalp
First of all, determine your scalp type before deciding on a product. It's crucial you choose a product that suits you and doesn't cause irritations. Those with existing scalp issues should be more careful. Once you've chosen the right product, follow these steps:
- Shampoo your hair with a balancing shampoo (we recommend Tea Tree Shampoo With Vegan Collagen that soothes scalp concerns while deep cleansing).
- Dry your strands with a towel and divide them into sections.
- Apply the hair exfoliant and gently massage in a circular motion.
- Massage for 2-3 minutes.
- Use an exfoliating brush to support circulation and deep exfoliation.
- Rinse with water.
- Apply your regular conditioner or the fortifying and shine-inducing Leave-In Conditioner for visible bounce, body, and volume.
- Repeat this procedure once every two weeks.
DIY Hair Scrub Recipes
There is no shortage of hair scrubs in the market. But if you feel creative and want to start your scalp exfoliation journey with natural and safe ingredients, here are two effective recipes:
Jojoba Oil Scrub
- 2 tablespoons of jojoba oil
- 2 tablespoons of sweet almond oil
- 10 drops of lavender oil
Thoroughly mix the ingredients and massage on your freshly cleaned and wet scalp. Leave it in for 15-20 minutes, then shampoo and condition as usual. This recipe is not advisable if you have dandruff because the oils can lead to further buildup.
Brown Sugar Scrub
- 2 tablespoons of granulated brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons of finely ground oatmeal
- 2 tablespoons of Peppermint Hair Conditioner
Apply the mixture to the wet scalp after you wash with a shampoo. Massage in a circular motion to bough away dead cells and buildup. Rinse with water and condition as usual.
- 6 to 8 aspirins
- 4 tablespoons of warm water
Wash your hair and scalp, apply the mixture, and gently massage in a circular motion. With the help of a lightweight toothbrush, remove dead cells and impurities. Rinse thoroughly. Use your favorite conditioner.
To Conclude: Exfoliation is an excellent procedure for rejuvenation and revival of the scalp. If done right, exfoliation can improve your hair's body, texture, and volume over time. For beginners, it is safe to stick to exfoliating the scalp once in two weeks. Avoid exposing your scalp to direct sunlight right after exfoliation to prevent sensitivity.
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