Do You Need To Exfoliate Your Scalp?
Exfoliation is a vital part of keeping skin healthy. Skin naturally shed its dead skin cells every 30 days to make room for new cells. On skin surface, that makes our complexion look clear, smooth and glowing. The same goes for the scalp. However, the scalp is unlike the skin on the face.
Know Your Scalp — the First Step to Healthy Hair
The one on the scalp is thicker. There are more blood vessels. It has more sebaceous glands than skin on the face so that enough sebum can be produce to protect the scalp and hair. And that’s why it’s absolutely essential to cleanse your scalp properly. As we go on with our day, sweat and sebum build up on the scalp. That adds on to the dead skin cells left behind. That’s not all, dirt and pollutant particles from the air join in the residue party on your scalp. If the debris is not removed readily and properly, the hair follicles become clogged and that’s when thinning, hair loss and dandruff can, and will happen.
Taking Care of Your Scalp
For most of us, daily shampooing is enough to wash off all the debris. You should not think about skipping a shampoo day. When you don’t wash your hair, sebum build-up on the scalp not only clogs hair follicles, but starts to coat the hair and causes it to look flat. Then, when you’re out and about, pollutants in the air from exhaust gas, cigarette smoke, dust and odours stick onto the hair surface. That’s also why you should wash your hair before heading to bed. And we haven’t even touched on the hair sprays or any styling product that you might have used—that adds to the build-up, too!
To keep your scalp clean, you should always massage the scalp as you shampoo. Also, you should not apply conditioner above the ears as conditioner is fluid and can move to your scalp. One way to relieve the scalp of the accumulation of dead skin cells, dirt, pollutants, sebum, sweat and chemical residue is to exfoliate the scalp. However, doing it on your own can be quite tricky: you have to work the scrub into the scalp, while manoeuvring through your hair, without over or under-exfoliating, and you have to remove any scrub residue completely.
Despite our best intentions, the build-up on the scalp happens. And there are many reasons. Firstly, ageing. As we get older, the rate of our natural shedding of dead skin cells, also known as skin renewal, slows down, and that means dead skin cells don’t get removed readily. (You can’t skip that hair wash.) Secondly, chemical residues from in-salon chemical treatments that curl, straighten and colour will contribute to scalp build-up, and worse, regular chemical treatments can weaken the scalp and cause it to become sensitive. When the scalp is sensitive, it feels irritated, itchy and sometimes, tender. And without proper care, it can lead to hair loss, too. Thirdly, if you have oily skin, you most likely also have oily scalp. Again, the extra oil if not properly removed will clog your pores, may cause acne to happen on the scalp, and will lead to thinning hair.
More Than an Exfoliating Treat
The next best thing you can do for your scalp—and also your mind and soul—is to book a deep-cleansing scalp treatment for it. One such treatment is the DrHair® Deep Cleanse treatment. It begins with a thorough scalp analysis for you and the therapist to better understand how your scalp is doing and what it needs. Then, the therapist will proceed to use DrHair® products to deep cleanse to exfoliate, treat and nourish your scalp for healthy hair growth. To help maintain the health of your scalp, you can do this treatment once a month if you have oily scalp, and once every two months, if you have normal to dry scalp.
I hate to sound like a broken record but yes, every naughty little thing you do to your scalp and hair, brings you a step closer to losing hair. So, the plan is simple—understand your scalp, and just take care of it.