These days, we do an awful lot to our hair with a huge array of products: cut, comb, color, shampoo, condition, deep condition, clarify, rinse, mask, gel, mousse, style, and more! But what about the scalp? The health of the scalp plays a big role in the state of the hair, so why don’t we pay more attention to it? Maybe, it just seems like too much to add a new step to the routine! Well, when it comes to scalp exfoliation, one more step might seem worth it, in fact, it might remove the need for a few of those other steps!
So, without further ado, here are the top 6 reasons for trying scalp exfoliation
Dry, flaky skin is the most common cause of dandruff and giving your head a great, moisturizing scrub can help get rid of unsightly flakes as well as the annoying itch that comes along with them.
Speed Up Hair Growth
Exfoliation removes dead skin cells and buildup and also improves the blood flow to the scalp; if you are trying to grow out a strong head of hair, paying a little extra attention the scalp will take your hair a long way.
Get Shiny, Lustrous Hair
Hair can start to look dull when product build ups on hair, but the occasional scrub can eliminate this problem instantly. Exfoliation also helps slough away dead and damaged hair, leaving a healthy sheen in its place.
It Feels Great!
Can we all agree that the best part about going to the salon is the scalp massage? A homemade scrub can give you that ‘ahhhhh fresh from the spa’ feeling right at home!
Shampoo Less Often
Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to finally skip washing your hair for a couple days? Think of all the time you would save! Exfoliating lets you get a deeper clean that lasts longer, so you can finally skip a day (or two)!
Although it’s easy to forget, the skin under your locks, well, it’s still skin and it is still prone to breakouts. What’s the best way to curb pimples? Make sure there is nothing there to clog your pores in the first place! Deep cleaning your scalp can eliminate product buildup, dead skin cells, and oil as well as keep breakouts at bay.
How to Exfoliate your Scalp
Okay, so, let’s say you’re convinced your scalp needs a scrub. How should you proceed?
1. Decide on a homemade skin sloughing recipe.
Not all exfoliating recipes are created equal. You will want to consider a few factors before you start mixing up a homemade recipe for your scalp exfoliation. Consider your hair type. Is your hair oily, dry, brittle, curly, damaged, or coloured? What about your skin type? Do you have sensitive skin? Dandruff? Are you prone to breakouts? Finally, what are your preferences? Which recipe sounds like the most fun? Which recipe fits your lifestyle the best? Find something you will want to use again and again!
You can start with the recipes provided below, but feel free to alter them to your own needs or come up with something new altogether!
2. Rinse your hair with cool or warm water.
Hot water can cause dryness and skin irritation, so keep it cool for best results!
Go ahead and give yourself a relaxing scalp massage for at least a couple minutes. Use moderate pressure while making small circles and be sure to cover the whole scalp. This should be enjoyable-never painful!
Again, with cool or warm water, never hot!
5. Shampoo and Condition.
The best option here is to use a clarifying shampoo, but you can use what you have on hand.
Scalp Exfoliation Recipes
Sugar Scrub for Dry Skin or Dandruff
This recipe makes a great scrub for anyone but is especially great for those with dry, itchy scalps, or dandruff.
- 1 cup sugar (White, brown, or raw.)
- ⅛ cup oil (Olive or coconut work great!)
- 15-30 drops essential oil (Use lavender for sensitive skin, tea tree for dandruff, or try your favorite blend. You can even skip them altogether if you want to keep it simple!)
Blend the oil into the sugar slowly, add essential oils if desired and stir. Massage onto scalp slowly. Rinse with cool or warm water and then, shampoo and condition as usual.
Make sure you test any essential oils that are new to you before applying them to your scalp. Mix a drop of essential oil with a bit of vegetable oil, apply it on the back of your hand and wait 24 hours for a reaction.
Deep Cleaning Salt Scrub for Oily Hair
This recipe is great for anyone with an oily scalp or hair, or for an occasional deep cleaning scrub!
- 2 tbsp salt
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp olive oil
Blend all ingredients and massage into scalp, then rinse with warm or cool water and shampoo and condition as usual!
Scalp Exfoliation Recipe for Acne
This recipe is made for those prone to acne on the scalp, but it’s beneficial for everyone. Aspirin contains salicylic acid which is great for acne and helps exfoliate the skin!
- 6-8 Aspirin
- 4 tbsp warm water
First, make sure that you are using plain, white aspirin tablets. Then crush them in a bowl and add water a few drops at a time until you have a gritty paste. Next, apply to the scalp and massage with small circular motions. When you have covered the whole scalp, rinse with cool or warm water, and shampoo and condition.
The Easy Way
Exfoliating your scalp is not a complicated process, in fact, it’s a really easy way to bring that spa feeling home, but, if you want an even quicker, natural fix, we have that too! Try adding a couple tablespoons of either sugar, salt, or baking soda to your favorite shampoo, scrub it into your scalp for an extra deep, exfoliating clean, and then condition as usual! This method is simple, but it will give you an amazing clean!