Scalp Scrubs Exist and They're Here to Bring Your Hair Back to Life
Right now it's pretty easy to let your hair sit on top of you head in a greasy, messy bun for days on end (guilty!), but by avoiding your regular wash, you could be doing your hair more harm than good. Excess product, oil and dead skin cell build up on the scalp can actually hinder your hair growth and result in dull, lacklustre locks.
Enter: Scalp scrubs. Theses gritty little formula's are specifically designed to cleanse your scalp and bring your hair back to life. Below we take you through how they work, physical exfoliants vs chemical and how best to apply your scrub, warning: it can be a little tricky, but it's absolutely worth it.
How Do Scalp Scrubs Work?
Excess build up of product, sebum and dead skin cells can cause blockages at the root, preventing the hair from growing. By regularly using a scalp scrub, it can help minimise dry, flakey skin, cleanse your roots of product buildup, and boost circulation to your scalp resulting in shiner hair and longer locks.
Physical Exfoliants vs Chemical Exfoliants
Just like facial exfoliants, scalp scrubs are formulated as either a physical or chemical exfoliant. Physical exfoliants come as thick, grainy-like pastes that usually contain microbeads or natural grains like salt or sugar and work to scrub away product build up and dead skin cells. Whereas chemical exfoliants are formulated with ingredients like AHA's (alpha hydroxy acids) that help to dissolve excess oils, product and flakiness, sans physical scrubbing.
How to Apply Scalp Scrubs
I'd recommend wetting your hair so that it's damp and draining the excess water from your ends. Then, grab a comb and section it into several sections, starting with where your hair naturally parts and working your way around the head. Once sectioned, apply a small amount of scrub directly to the hairline and massage it into your scalp in circular motions. Repeat this all around your head until you've covered the entire scalp and rinse thoroughly.
After any exfoliation you need to rehydrate and nourish the skin. Follow your scalp scrub with a nourishing shampoo, conditioner and if you like, a hair treatment to replenish your locks. Like your face, it is possible to over-exfoliate, so be wary of scrubbing too hard as this can aggravate the scalp and cause irritation. We recommend using a scalp scrub weekly if you have a particularly oily scalp, however if you suffer from a dry, flaky scalp we'd opt for a fortnightly scrub instead.
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