What is scalp exfoliation?
Although the body naturally replaces dead skin cells with new ones, sometimes it can use a little help in the form of exfoliation. This is true even for the scalp.
Scalp exfoliation is when you use exfoliants to remove excess skin cells, oil, and dandruff. Many hair experts maintain that regular scalp exfoliation is the key to healthier, shinier hair from the roots to the tips. The same could be true of a bare scalp.
Benefits of scalp exfoliation?
Scalp exfoliation can be a soothing and stress-relieving way to invigorate the scalp. In this way, exfoliation can benefit almost anyone who wishes to do it.
However, scalp exfoliation may be especially beneficial for those with:
- dry skin
- oily hair
Although the hair itself is made of dead skin cells — which is why it doesn’t hurt when you get a haircut — the scalp is a living piece of your skin. It requires care and maintenance just like the rest of your body.
How to exfoliate your scalp
Scalp exfoliation can be one part scalp massage, another part skin treatment. If you use an exfoliant that is intense, it is recommended to exfoliate 1-2 times per week.
If you have a shampoo/shower bar with a mild exfoliant in the formula for milder effect, you can use it daily.
NOTE: there are natural and chemical exfoliants on the market. Frankly, we do NOT recommend chemical exfoliants when there are very effective natural options available.
Exfoliation should be done on wet scalp, like when you're shampooing/washing your head. Use a circular motion to rub the exfoliant into your scalp and promote the removal of dead skin cells.
In some instances of scalp exfoliation, the scalp may feel more sensitive. A good idea would be to apply a protective spray-on sunscreen formulated for to protect against sun damage and reduce sensitivity.
- baking soda.
- French green Clay.
- finely ground sugar.
- coffee grounds.
- finely ground almonds.
- finely ground sea salt.
You shouldn’t exfoliate your scalp if you have:
- an active infection, such as ringworm
- an open cut or sore
- lice (impossible for bald heads)
In some cases, some may find physical exfoliants too harsh for their scalp. If you experience discomfort, swelling, or irritation while exfoliating, you should discontinue use. Talk to your doctor if the discomfort persists.
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