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November 27, 2012

Do You Exfoliate Your Scalp?


via Just Curlz

Most of us exfoliate our face, our hands, our feet, our neck... but have you ever considered exfoliating your scalp? We all tend to buy the requisite shampoos, conditioners and various stylers. But how often do you think about your scalp? Do you massage it? Exfoliate it? Most of you would answer a 'NO' for this. Did you know that our scalp is one of the most neglected parts of our body? Our hair is rooted in the scalp, so it's kind of important.  Neglecting your scalp can result in severe hair damage and premature hair loss. After all, it's the scalp that provides all the necessary nutrients to the hair root to make your hair more healthy and strong. So let's give it some TLC!

The purpose for exfoliating your scalp is the same as exfoliating your face, which is to remove the dead cells, which tend to accumulate and cause problems. The funny part, is that the most common reason behind dead skin and gunk on the scalp is the use of products which supposedly are used for boosting good hair health! Usage of hair gels, and not thoroughly rinsing away shampoo and that delicious deep conditioner, can all result in the accumulation of left over sediment on the scalp. This can create problems like itchiness, dandruff, flakiness, and dryness; which ultimately results in preventing the hair from receiving proper nourishment for continued hair growth. Gently exfoliating your scalp at least once a week can also increase circulation to the hair follicles which will definitely prove to be beneficial for healthy hair growth. The process is very simple and can be done before, during, or after you shampoo or condition your hair.

On the market, there are scalp exfoliating treatments and scalp exfoliators such as-

1. Carols Daughter Scalp Exfoliating Treatment
2. My Honey Child's Honey Bee Sweet Scalp Exfoliater
3. Organic Root Stimulator Scalp Scrub
4. Jane Carter Scalp Renew

Or you can choose to create your own scalp scrub. The most popular do it yourself (DIY) recipe is the brown sugar scalp scrub (look for fine granules!) but there are other DIY recipes as well- 

1. White sugar and Jojoba Scrub
2. Molasses Sugar scrub
3. Crushed Almond Scalp Exfoliator
4. Oatmeal Scalp Scrub

Keep in mind that when you do exfoliate your scalp, that it must be done gently. Whether you are using a store brought scalp scrub or using a DIY mix, you can cause tears and damage to the scalp when you scrub aggressively or roughly with fingernails. Always scrub gently with the pads of your fingertips.

Do you exfoliate your scalp?
If so, do you use a store bought scalp scrub or do you prefer to create your own?

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