The skin on our body naturally sheds off dead skin cells and replaces it with new ones. However, a little external help in the form of exfoliation can easily remove these dead skin cells as well as excess oil from the skin. While you may be practising regular exfoliation twice a week for the skin on your face, don’t forget your scalp too sheds off dead skin that gets accumulated in the roots of your hair.
Sebum, dead skin, oil, dirt and product residue can cause build-up and hamper the growth of your hair as well as cause other hair problems. Regular scalp exfoliation can prevent this along with other hair woes like hair fall, hair thinning, dandruff, etc. Here’s why and how you should exfoliate your scalp.
Benefits of scalp exfoliation
- Promotes hair growth: While shampooing removes surface dirt, exfoliation cleanses and clarifies the scalp to remove the build-up of dead skin cells along with dirt and sebum. Regular scalp exfoliation creates a healthy environment for your hair to grow. It also improves blood circulation in the scalp area, thereby accelerating hair growth.
- Prevents dandruff and dryness: Flakes and dandruff are two of the most common scalp conditions. It is an indication that you have a dry or irritated scalp. This can be fixed with the help of regular exfoliation. Exfoliation promotes the production of natural oils in your scalp, this keeps it healthy and prevents flakes.
- Makes hair healthy and shiny: Scalp exfoliation helps clear the follicles from which the hair grows. This ensures that the new hair growth is healthy, shiny and strong.
How to exfoliate the scalp?
Scalp exfoliation is usually done on freshly washed, wet hair for best results. It should be done at least once a week using either a store-bought or a DIY scalp scrub. In case you have a sensitive scalp, avoid doing this without consulting an expert first.
The easiest way to make a DIY scalp scrub at home is by mixing equal portions of olive oil and brown sugar. Slowly massage the mixture into your scalp using circular motions and use only the fingertips. The fingernails can scratch the scalp and irritate the skin. After a few minutes rinse off with water. To deep cleanse the scalp and remove build-up, you can also use a detoxifying shampoo. The Tresemme Botanique Detox & Restore Shampoo With Ginseng And Neem is a paraben-free formula that is expertly crafted to gently purify the hair from daily residue build-up.