Want to take hair wash days to the next level? The secret’s in your scalp. While it may not be the first place you’d think of when you’re searching for ways to get glossier, shinier hair, it plays a huuuuge part in your hair health. And one of the easiest (and quickest!) ways to take care of it is by using a scalp scrub. Here’s everything you need to know…
What is a scalp scrub?
If you’re scratching your head wondering what on earth this haircare product is, then put simply it’s just like your favourite body scrub – but for your scalp. The function is the same, to exfoliate and slough away dead skin cells and debris, to maintain tip-top health. It’s like wiping the slate clean, helping get rid of any buildup, excess oil, and flakes of dandruff.
Why should I use a scalp scrub?
Anyone who’s ever sat in a hairdresser’s chair would have noticed that the pros pay close attention to your scalp (those head messages though…). And here’s why scalp care and gentle exfoliation works wonders for your hair:
– Luscious locks: Your scalp is the birthplace for hair follicles. By maintaining a healthy scalp and gently exfoliating you make way for new hair follicles to grow in a nourished environment. Healthy scalp = new healthy (read: shiny) hair. Studies have shown that a healthy scalp can also lead to better hair growth too.
– Shiny not greasy or flaky: A healthy scalp also keeps your natural oils doing their job, not overproducing (which can lead to greasy-looking hair) or underproducing (which can lead to a dry, flaky scalp).
– Blitzes build-up: By using a scalp scrub you gently remove the build-up of other hair products, like dry shampoo and hairspray. The build-up not only congests our hair follicles but can also interfere with our favourite nourishing and cleansing hair products – like not allowing your usual shampoo to do its job properly.
Top tips for scalp exfoliation
– Use before your shampoo: Rejig your haircare routine and put scalp exfoliation as step one. That way you’re starting with a fresh, blank canvas, before nourishing your tresses with your usual go-to products.
– Don’t use it with every hair wash: Consider it like a deep treatment. In the same way as you wouldn’t use a hair mask every day, you wouldn’t exfoliate every day as doing it too often could trigger irritation. If you’re just starting out with a scalp scrub, try incorporating scalp exfoliation once a week or every two weeks and monitor the results. Pause if you start noticing any broken skin, flaking or experience any sensitivity.
– Fingertips first: Work the scrub all over your roots and back of the neck gently, without using your fingernails, as your talons may scratch and cause irritation
– Tailor your scalp care: Maintaining a healthy scalp might not always mean you need to reach for an exfoliating treatment. If your scalp is a little sore, itchy and dry, switch out your scalp scrub for a more soothing, nourishing formula.