Seven Ways Scalp Exfoliation Will Give You Healthy Hair

Scalp Exfoliation

Did you know that scalp exfoliation offers several 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 have never exfoliated their scalps. Here are 7 reasons why you should make it part of your hair care routine!

1.Increases Circulation

Scalp exfoliation increases the circulation of blood flow to the scalp. You can do this at a salon, but it also works perfectly at home. Massage your scalp with your fingers and an exfoliating product. This helps the hair follicles receive all the nutrients, and the oxygen that they need to grow.

2.Removes Product Buildup

If you regularly use 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 will dry out the scalp. This could cause dandruff or hair thinning.

3.Deeper Cleansing

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.

Scalp Exfoliation
Exfoliating your scalp will give it a deep cleansing and remove product buildup so your hair is ready for new products.

4.Reduced Acne

Just as exfoliation can help reduce facial acne, it can also reduce acne on the scalp. While it isn’t always visible, scalp acne can make the 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.

5.Reduced Dandruff

Scalp exfoliation can remove the top layer of dry skin that may be the reason to your dandruff problem. It can also help remove the flakes, and reduce the appearance of dandruff dramatically.


6.Promotes Hair Growth

Many of the benefits listed above eventually lead to a boost in your hair growth. Making sure the follicles on the scalp are as healthy as possible will generate 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. Exfoliation can remove the buildup of dead skin cells as well as oil buildup, helping mimic the conditions of younger hair.

7.Scalp Exfoliation Makes Products More Effective

Finally, scalp exfoliation will contribute to improving the effectiveness of the other cleansing and styling products you use on a regular basis. The cleaner scalp will allow for products to penetrate the scalp far better. Many people find less of the product is needed after they have exfoliated their scalps.

How often you will need to exfoliate your scalp depends on several factors. These include overall hair health, the number and types of products used on the hair. How often you you wish to exfoliate is up to you. However, as a starting point, the recommendation by experts is to include scalp exfoliation into a regular hair care routine at least once a month.

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