Most of us know how important it is to exfoliate our face to remove dead skin cells, debris and improve circulation. But exfoliating our hair just seems to be over exaggerated.
Actually the skin on your scalp is similar to the rest of the skin found on your body, it dries up and flakes off. Just rinsing your hair with a daily conditioning just won’t cut it. That’s where exfoliating comes into play.
By exfoliating your hair regularly, you keep the scalp clean, which will allow new hair to grow in faster, thicker and fuller. But maintaining healthy hair and taking care of your scalp are entirely different.
Give yourself a scalp scrub once a week
Professional stylists recommend that you should give yourself a stimulating scalp scrub once a week unless you have oily hair, then you should start off with once every two weeks. For a squeaky-clean scalp you can either purchase a scalp scrub online or make your own.
By scrubbing your scalp weekly, you will boost circulation, hydrate your skin and hair and rebalance the scalp to reduce itching and dandruff.
Here is a DIY deep cleansing lemon scrub recipe. The lemon will naturally exfoliate your scalp, removing dead skin cells and loosen any oils that are blocking hair follicles from growing. Plus, the olive oil will hydrate your scalp and prevent hair loss.
- 2 tbsp. sea salt
- 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
Combine all of the ingredients together and apply to slightly damp hair. Gently massage into your scalp to improve circulation and then rinse off with warm water. Now you can shampoo and conditioner your hair.
Just as you wouldn’t vigorously exfoliate your face, you don’t want to with your scalp. While rubbing into your scalp, use soft, gentle circular motions. This will encourage the blood to come to the surface, stimulating circulation to the follicles, hence encouraging hair growth.
Look for key ingredients
If you are buying your scalp scrub, then make sure it has some of the following ingredients:
Zinc: Excellent for cleansing your scalp and to prevent dandruff. Dandruff is caused from a hyperactive skin-shedding cycle and zinc slows down the process.
Keratin: Vegan keratins help your hair grow in healthier and stronger as they contain a protein that is easily absorbed by the scalp and the hair follicle.
Apple cider vinegar: Restores the natural PH of your scalp, reducing greasy, oily hair and naturally exfoliating your scalp without damaging it.
Other key ingredients you can look for are copper, magnesium and organic essential oils.
Go light on styling products
Styling products such as hairspray, mousse and dry shampoo tend to build up around your hair follicles. Overtime, this build-up begins to strangle the follicle preventing healthy hair growth, one of the main reasons for early onset hair loss.
Basically, not scrubbing your scalp regularly is similar to not washing your makeup off at nighttime. Imagine if you did that day after day, the damage would be noticeable. So if you want to have healthier, thicker and stronger hair then you should really consider exfoliating your scalp regularly.