Naturally, when one thinks of exfoliating they think of scrubbing down their entire body with an amazing body scrub. However, exfoliating isn’t just for your body and a lot of times it’s forgotten that your scalp is skin too! With naturals using less shampoo and more conditioner to cleanse their scalps during the winter months, buildup can be a big problem.
If you exfoliate your skin to remove dirt, oil and other buildup from your pores, then the same needs to be done for your scalp. Not only will you remove buildup, but you will also help stimulate hair growth by giving your scalp a good scrubbing.
1. Removes dead skin cells.
2. Can treat acne, white heads and other blemishes that can occur on the scalp
3. Can help prevent hair loss.
4. Unclogs pores by removing build up.
5. Can relieve irritated and itchy scalps caused by different scalp conditions.
6. Promotes hair growth by stimulating the scalp.
There are hair care products that cater to scalp exfoliation. Kiehls has a great Deep Micro Exfoliating Scalp Treatment. According to their website, the product was dermatologist-tested to help loosen flaky buildup and stimulate healthy turnover on the surface of the scalp. Users of the product have said that the treatment leaves their scalp feeling fresh and clean. Quidad also has a Mediterranean Bay Leaf Exfoliating Hair and Scalp Treatment. Free of parabens and sulfates, Quidad’s scalp exfoliant helps clear the scalp of buildup and improves the condition of the scalp by providing much needed nutrients.
If you’re interested in going the homemade and natural route, there are a plethora of scalp exfoliating recipes that you can try at home. The recipes below are just as effective, but may be a little easier on your wallet. Most of the ingredients are probably already in your kitchen cabinets.
Brown Sugar and Olive Oil Scrub
1. ¼ Cup of Olive Oil
2. ¼ Cup of Brown Sugar
Mix these ingredients in a bowl and massage the mixture into your scalp. After a few minutes, proceed to rinse and wash your hair as usual. Because of the olive oil, this recipe is great for people with dry scalps.
Cornmeal and Peppermint Scrub
1. ¼ Cup of Clarifying Shampoo
2. ¼ Cup of Cornmeal
3. Peppermint Oil
4. Tea Tree Oil
There are plenty of recipes and exfoliating hair products for every scalp and hair type. It’s important to keep in mind that everyone’s scalp is unique and you should take the time and research the right exfoliant for your scalp’s needs. An exfoliant should never irritate your scalp or be painful. If it is, discontinue using it and find something a little gentler.
Natural hair YouTuber, LeiLei08 has a helpful tutorial on one of the ways that you can exfoliate your scalp. She used a homemade sea salt and almond oil recipe to do the job. Take a look at her tutorial below.
Do you exfoliate your scalp?