See also: 3 Clays to Detox & Replenish Your Hair & Scalp
Benefits to Scalp ExfoliationExfoliating the scalp helps remove dead skin cells and unclog pores which is important when dealing with a flaky scalp, build-up, stunted hair growth and improper sebum production. While all of these characteristics should be checked out by your dermatologist, exfoliating the scalp can help in the meantime. Scalp exfoliation has been known to help with scalp conditions such as psoriasis or eczema, promote healthy hair growth and even reduce shedding.
By removing the dead skin cells, the scalp is allowed to breathe and heal over with a healthy layer of skin which prevents flaking and the irritation associated with clogged pores.
Store-Bought ExfoliationThere are some great scrubs on the market such as Kiehl’s Deep Micro-Exfoliating Scalp Treatment which is dermatologist tested to loosen build up and flaking while encouraging healthy turnover. Some other great products are Aveda Invati Exfoliating Shampoo, and Phyto Phythéol Oily Hair Scalp Exfoliating Shampoo. They each possess unique qualities, but they all pretty much do the same thing.
DIY Scalp ExfoliationIf you don’t want to risk paying for a product that you’re skeptical about, you can opt to make it yourself. Scrubs are pretty easy to make - all you need is something abrasive that won’t be too harsh on the scalp, oil, and maybe a clarifying shampoo. Here are a few good recipes to try out:
Easy Brown Sugar Scrub
¼ c. Olive Oil
¼ c. Brown Sugar
Curly Girl Scrub
2-4 Tbsp Brown Sugar or Uncooked Quinoa
1-2 Tbsp Conditioner
Cornmeal and Peppermint Scrub
¼ c. Clarifying Shampoo
¼ c. Cornmeal
A few drops of Peppermint Oil
A few drops of Tea tree Oil
How to UseTypically, exfoliation is done before conditioning but it depends on the ingredients you’ve used in your scrub. Just apply the scrub to your scalp and massage for as long as necessary. If you have a lot of product build-up or flakiness, you may find that you’ll need to massage for a longer period of time.
See also: DIY Body Scrub
If you find that some of the scrub is left in your hair, you can opt to shampoo but it isn’t necessary. Once your routine is complete, you can apply your favorite oil to your scalp in order to lock in moisture and provide added nutrients to the skin.
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