Scalp exfoliation is lately being considered as a crucial part of the scalp cleansing process. It is highly important to give your scalp some well deserved love and care to your scalp and not only your hair. If you can make sure to exfoliate your arms and legs twice-weekly, and don’t forget to slough away the dead skin from your face, how can you overlook your scalp, one of the important parts of the skin. Y our scalp also features equal amount of oil, dirt, and grime buildup as any other part of the skin. Therefore, it becomes important to exfoliate your scalp regularly as a part of scalp cleansing regimen.
Homemade Scalp Scrubs
Here are some easy recipes to prepare DIY scalp cleansing scrubs.
Sugar Scalp Scrub for Deep Cleaning
You can use sea salt or sugar to remove excess oil, grime, dandruff build-up, and flakes. Sugar not only provides excellent exfoliating benefits, but also unclogs follicles to stimulate growth by improving scalp circulation. Mix half a cup of coarsely ground sugar with ¼ cup of olive oil and a few drops of lavender essential oil. Mix the ingredients well and use it to scrub on damp scalp in gentle circular motions. Shampoo normally.
Oatmeal Scalp Scrub for Exfoliation
Oatmeal helps to treat numerous scalp problems such as scalp inflammation, dandruff, and scalp irritation. This scrub is highly beneficial during dry weather conditions, especially winters. Only using anti-dandruff products may not help completely. The flakiness is because of dry scalp and fungus. Oatmeal scrub is quite soothing to help with all these scalp conditions.
To prepare, mix half a cup of rolled honey with three tablespoons of honey along with two tablespoon of aloe gel and sufficient water to prepare a paste. Massage this scrub gently onto the scalp for a few minutes before shampooing.
Baking Soda Scrub for Scalp Clarification
Baking Soda is highly beneficial to clean up hair. It helps to remove grime buildup and clear out clogged hair follicles. Baking soda is one of the best exfoliates to clarify the scalp and stimulate hair growth.
To prepare, mix together 1 tablespoon of baking soda with equal quantity of natural shampoo and a few drops of peppermint essential oil. While baking soda buffs away the dead skin cells and opens up hair follicles, peppermint essential oil contains effective anti-inflammatory and anti-dandruff properties that soothe scalp irritation and improve blood circulation to stimulate hair growth. Work the foaming scrub gently onto the damp scalp using fingertips for 3-4 minutes. Rinse it off thoroughly followed by deep conditioning.
Benefits of Scalp Cleansing
Here are some good reasons to exfoliate the scalp regularly as an integral part of the scalp cleansing process.
- Cleanse Build up
Exfoliating aids deep cleaning of scalp by removing excess build up, usually not removed by regular shampoos or cleaning products. Build up of dirt and grime is never a good thing as it can clog the pores, slow down the growth of hair and also make the scalp itchy.
- Remove dead cells and flakes
This is the most important reason to exfoliate any part of the skin – to lift and remove dead skin. This becomes even more important of you are trying on methods to grow your hair.
- Prevent Hair Loss
Taking out time to scrub the scalp can help to maintain a healthy head of hair overall. This further helps to prevent excessive hair loss.
- Relieves Itchiness
Usually, itchiness is a result of flakes or build-up. Scalp scrubbing helps you get rid of the gunk caked onto the scalp thus providing a fresh and new scalp all over again – completely itch free.
- Add Shine
Scrubbing away the buildup is one of the best ways to add shine to your hair locks. With passing time, product build up can make the curls flatten up and look dull and dry. Scalp exfoliation helps to scrub the hair strands as well as the scalp and hair shafts to make it look as good as it feels.
- Quicker Wash Time
Complementing your shampoo with natural exfoliates helps to make wash time even more effective. It gives you a squeaky clean scalp in almost no time.
- Fight Dandruff
Scalp scrubbing is a great way to fight dandruff. To boost the dandruff fighting property of the exfoliate, use your favorite exfoliating agent in combination with a medicated shampoo or a few drops of peppermint and tingling tea tree oil.