So, you may have heard a bit of buzz this year about scalp scrubs and scalp treatments.
That’s probably because we’ve come to realise that the skin on our scalp is not too dissimilar to the skin on our faces, and that an unbalanced scalp can actually lead to a few problems such as dandruff, hair loss and generally poor hair health.
For me, they also provide a thorough cleanse, a much needed reset and a little bit of volume at the roots, which my flat hair sorely needs.
So, what exactly do scalp scrubs do?
There is a lot of contention around whether scalp scrubs are good, or even necessary.
And honestly, we get it. Not everyone wants to add another bloody step to their routine.
However, the benefits of including a scalp scrub in your hair care routine are pretty impressive, particularly if you have an unbalanced scalp or use a lot of hair products.
Not all scalp scrubs are the same, and different formulas work differently to cleanse, detoxify, exfoliate or hydrate the scalp.
Scalp scrubs also benefit different scalp conditions by:
Balancing oily scalps
Exfoliating and hydrating dry scalps
Soothing itchy scalps
Removing product build up, dirt and debris
Unfortunately, the build up of oil, sebum, dead skin cells and product build up can eventually block or impede the hair follicle, which can hinder healthy hair growth and ultimately lead to a variety of scalp conditions or even premature hair shedding (that’s hair loss for you).
Plus, the scalp massage you give yourself when you apply a scalp scrub is also a great way to promote and improve blood circulation, which may also improve your hair health and growth.
How often should you use a scalp scrub?
So, this one really depends on the condition of your scalp and the product itself.
In most cases I would suggest using a scalp scrub fortnightly, unless your scalp really requires some extra TLC. In that case, I would recommend using a scalp scrub weekly.
For those of you who don’t know how to use a scalp scrub, they are usually applied directly to a wet scalp and then massaged in before rinsing, generally in the place of your regular shampoo.
Our favourite scalp scrubs for every scalp condition:
Scalp scrubs contain different ingredients, which will cater to the needs of every hair and scalp condition be it normal, oily, dry, itchy or sensitive.