Did you know that scalp exfoliation offers numerous benefits for the health of your hair? Most people are familiar with the benefits, some would even say necessity, of regularly including exfoliation into your skin care routine. However, many people never consider exfoliating their scalps. Read on to learn more, and make it part of your hair care routine!
Scalp exfoliation can help increase the circulation of blood flow to the scalp. You can do this at a salon, but just as well at home. Massage your scalp with your fingers and an exfoliating product. This helps ensure the hair follicles are receiving all the nutrients and the oxygen they need for gorgeous hair.
Removes Product Buildup
The severity of product buildup is directly tied to how many products you routinely use on your hair, the amount of each product used, and the type of product. If you are regularly using a lot of products the buildup on your scalp will be more extensive than someone who has a wash and go routine. Product buildup can result in clogged hair follicles and drying of the scalp. This could cause dandruff or hair thinning. The same goes for those who wear heavy makeup on a daily basis vs. those who rarely wear makeup. Remove product buildup for the same reasons you remove your makeup.
It is not just leftover products that are removed with exfoliation. It is also the sweat from your daily gym session and environmental stressors such as second-hand smoke and smog. The extra time spent exfoliating your scalp is far more efficient than a typical hair washing session.
Just as exfoliation can help reduce facial acne, it can also reduce acne on the scalp. While not as immediately visible, scalp acne can make hair feel and look oilier. Make sure to use a gentle shampoo to get rid of excess oil and pick a hair exfoliator that contains a small amount of salicylic acid.
Scalp exfoliation can remove the top layer of dry skin that may be contributing to your dandruff problem. It can also help remove the flakes immediately and reduce the appearance of dandruff.
Helps Promote Healthier Hair Growth
Many of the benefits listed above ultimately support healthier hair growth. Making sure the follicles on the scalp are as healthy as possible facilitates a greater rate of growth. It also promotes healthier hair as the oils produced are better distributed throughout the hair.
One of the reasons our hair thins as we age is because cell turnover begins to slow considerably. Exfoliation can remove the buildup of dead skin cells and oil buildup, helping mimic the conditions of younger hair.
Scalp Exfoliation Can Help Make Products More Effective
Finally, scalp exfoliation can contribute to improving the effectiveness of the other cleansing and styling products you use on a regular basis. A cleaner scalp helps allow for products to better penetrate penetrate the scalp. Many people find less product is needed after they have exfoliated their scalps.
How often you may want to consider exfoliating your scalp depends on a variety of factors, including overall hair health, the number and types of products regularly used on the hair, and what usual maintenance and cleansing routines you have. As a starting point, the general recommendation by experts is to include scalp exfoliation into a regular hair care routine once a month. You can then increase or decrease frequency based upon personal results.
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