You wouldn’t expect to grow a bed of flourishing flowers if your soil was full of grime, would you? Well, the same principle tends to apply when it comes to the health of your hair.
You can keep your locks as glossy and clean as you wish, but if you’re neglecting the scalp (AKA the place your hair actually grows from), your hair follicles will inevitably weaken.
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Similar to body scrubs, scalp scrubs exfoliate dead skin and help to remove any build-up of product (months worth of dry shampoo perhaps…) leaving your hair clean, healthy and balanced.
It is important to keep in mind though, that while this technique is a godsend to some, those who battle with a skin condition like psoriasis may want to avoid salt-formulated scrubs in particular, as they can aggravate pre-existing conditions and cause further irritation.
So how can you tell if your scalp actually needs a scalp scrub?
If you are a frequent washer, a product lover or have fine hair, there is a high chance you’ve got some sort of build-up. Not dissimilar to the concept of plaque on your teeth, while routine brushing with toothpaste is required, it’s most effective after a proper clean and removal of excess gunk.
It’s the same deal with your scalp, shampoo is most effective when the scalp is clear of build-up and it can properly get into the hair follicles.
What kind of scalp scrubs are there?
There are two different types of scalp scrubs: physical and chemical.
Physical exfoliants: Think of these like your traditional face and body exfoliator. These formulas contain small beads or granules which help to remove product build-up, excess oil or dandruff by mechanically removing it via massage.
bh recommends: GROW Longer Stronger Stimulating Scalp Scrub, Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt (available at Sephora)
Chemical exfoliants: These formulas contain active ingredients (such as salicylic and glycolic acid), that will deliver the same results when it comes to removing dead skin cells and dandruff, only chemically, so you don’t actually have to ‘scrub’ to make them effective.
bh recommends: R+C0 Crown Scalp Scrub (available at Adore Beauty), Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Happi Scalp Scrub (available at Mecca)
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Have you used a scalp scrub before? What did you think? If not, are you keen to try one?