You know that exfoliating your face is essential to healthy, glowing skin and you exfoliate your body to keep your skin soft and supple, but you’re probably ignoring a major area of your skin that needs exfoliation – your scalp. While you probably don’t care about getting a radiant, glowing scalp, exfoliation of your scalp does so much more than give the skin a glow. Check out why you need to exfoliate your scalp, how often you should do it to get the healthiest scalp and in turn, amazing hair.
Why Exfoliate the Scalp?
It’s widely recognized that shampooing your scalp daily is not in the best interest of healthy hair, so dry shampoo has become an absolute must-have in many bathrooms. Dry shampoos are truly an essential hair product these days; they can be used when you want a little more sleep, after an intense gym session when you don’t have time to shampoo or to add some texture and body to your hair. However, dry shampoo and other styling products do come with some drawbacks: “The delicate acid mantle on your face is identical to your scalp, which is easily disrupted by products like dry shampoos, especially if the scalp and hair is not shampooed after frequent use,” notes Phyto National Educator, Christyn Nawrot.
Dr. Francesca Fusco, Clear Scalp and Hair dermatologist says, “think of it this way: You’d never skip washing your face and you’d also never replace face cleansing with a wipe or a blot of a powdery sponge. If you scalp pores become clogged, it can contribute to a kind of scalp acne called folliculitis. This folliculitis can be bacterial or yeast in nature and if it goes without treatment can lead to increased shedding (i.e. flakes).”
Anabel Kingsley, a Philip Kingsley trichologist, simplifies why you need to exfoliate your scalp saying, “exfoliating the scalp removes dead skin cells and encourages healthy skin turnover, creating the ideal environment for healthy hair growth.”
How Often to Exfoliate?
Removing the dead skin cells and product buildup on your scalp can strengthen your hair and help you grow longer hair as well. When it comes to the number of times per week or month you should be exfoliating, experts differ in opinion. Some hair experts believe that exfoliating every other week is enough to keep your scalp free from product buildup, while others, like Kingsley, suggest using an exfoliating treatment every week to keep your scalp clear and healthy. If you are a person who skips shampoo for days at a time, you should consider exfoliating your scalp each week to ensure it is clean and healthy.
If you’re wondering what you’re supposed to use to exfoliate your scalp, you can put your facial care products down. You can look for shampoos or leave-in treatments that contain salicylic acid (yes, the same salicylic acid you may use on your face) to gently remove dead skin cells from the scalp. Other treatments, like the Kerastase Chronologiste The Gommage, actually contain incredibly fine micro-scrubbers that you massage into your hair before rinsing. Phyto also offers exfoliating shampoos with two formulas – one for dry hair and one for oily hair. When you exfoliate your scalp, you keep your skin healthy allowing for better hair growth.