The Whys And Hows Of Scalp Exfoliation

If you’re a lover of all things beauty, you’ll know the importance of exfoliating your skin regularly to keep it healthy and radiating an Adriana Lima-esque glow. Whether it be exfoliating your face or body, this step is crucial in your skincare routine as it helps to get rid of dead cells that have accumulated on your skin over time. Take your face, for instance. If you deal with skin concerns such as hyperpigmentation and clogged pores, regular exfoliation will help fade the hyperpigmented spots as well as unclog your pores, revealing a more even-toned and smooth skin.

A face and body exfoliation are commonplace in the routines of beauty enthusiasts everywhere. But what about other areas of your body such as your scalp? Have you ever considered the fact that your scalp might need a good scrubbing too once in a while?


Why You Should Be Exfoliating Your Scalp

While less well-known compared to regular skin exfoliation, a scalp scrub is one of the most important things you should include in your routine to keep both your scalp and luscious locks healthy. When we talk about a scalp scrub, we’re not talking about merely giving your scalp a vigorous rub while you’re shampooing your hair. There are proper steps to take when you want to provide your scalp with a proper scrubbing session, but before we go into that, let’s take a look at why you should be including a scalp scrub in your haircare routine.

Get Rid Of Product Buildup

If you use hair products regularly, you’ll be familiar with all the gunk that can built up on your scalp over time. While a thorough wash with a clarifying shampoo can help get rid of this product build-up, sometimes it’s not enough to truly clean your hair and scalp. This is especially so if you have thick tresses or you only wash your hair with a clarifying shampoo once in a while. That’s where a scalp scrub comes in. Giving your scalp a thorough scrub will help to loosen up all the product build-up, making it easier for it to be sloughed off, thus revealing a healthy head of hair. Think of it as akin to wearing and removing makeup. You wouldn’t leave your makeup on your face for a few days without removing it, would you? You’d remove it with micellar water, do a double cleanse… the whole shebang. The same goes for your scalp; it needs a proper routine to stay healthy.

Goodbye Dead Skin Cells

Scrubbing your scalp works the same way as exfoliating your skin — it serves to slough away the dead skin cells that have built up on your scalp over time. If you don’t get rid of these dead skin cells, they will eventually accumulate and clog your hair follicles. When this happens, it can lead to an over-production of sebum on your scalp, which can then lead to various scalp conditions such as dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis. If you already have an existing scalp condition, the over-production of sebum will exacerbate them further. However, when you give your scalp a scrub regularly, you will help to encourage its rate of cell turnover. This will help get rid of dead skin cells, thus revealing a healthier scalp.

Thinning Hair

Excess sebum on the scalp can also cause you to lose your precious locks, leading to hair thinning. As excess sebum can clog your hair follicles, your follicles will reduce in size, thus resulting in fewer strands of hair growing from them (one follicle usually has at least two strands of hair growing from it). When you exfoliate your scalp, however, it will help unclog your hair follicles, clearing the way for more strands of hair to grow from them.


How To Exfoliate Your Scalp

Now that you’ve learnt the benefits of scalp exfoliation, let’s get started on the steps you should do to ensure you’re giving your scalp the right exfoliating treatment:

Start Off with a Teasing Brush

If you’re not familiar with a teasing brush, it’s a smaller brush with softer, serrated bristles in varying lengths. As the name suggests, a teasing brush is used to tease (in other words, backcomb) your hair to add more volume and texture. When it comes to scalp exfoliation, a teasing brush works at loosening the build-up on your scalp. To do this, simply buff your scalp using gentle strokes. Don’t be too rough when doing this because it can irritate your scalp.

Massage Your Scalp

Once you’re done buffing your scalp, apply a scalp treatment onto your scalp (make sure it’s dry) and massage it in for approximately ten minutes. A scalp treatment is especially useful if you have an oily and/or itchy scalp as it will help balance your scalp’s sebum production as well as calm the itching down. After massaging your scalp, you can move on to your regular haircare routine, i.e. shampoo and conditioner.