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When was the last time you thought about the condition of your scalp? If you luckily aren't dealing with constantly oily roots or flakes and dandruff, I'm going to assume not very often. But lately, with the flux of new and innovative exfoliating scalp-care products popping up on shelves, it's got me asking: Am I not washing my hair correctly?
Just like skincare, exfoliation is the foundation of a healthy base and the key to healthy hair. Neglecting the health of your scalp and improper or abrasive cleansing can lead to clogged follicles, itchy, flaky skin or an overly-oily scalp which can result in dull, bodiless locks. On the other hand, regularly exfoliating your scalp can significantly benefit your hair growth while regulating its hydration and moisture.
Scalp scrubs and chemical exfoliants, such as serums and masks, are designed to remove scalp buildup, allowing naturals oils to keep the scalp and hair nourished. With proper regulation, it prevents a dry scalp and over-production of sebum, which can lead to dandruff. But if you're dealing with a healthy scalp, exfoliating isn't necessary unless you've had an excessive amount of product in your hair. A good rule of thumb is to exfoliate your scalp at least once every 10 washes.
Whichever exfoliant you decide to go for, opt for products with the right ingredients to tackle your concerns, as well as your hair type. To help you decide on the correct type of scalp-care product to use, we've gathered up some of our favourite formulas, below.
Inspired by skin-forward ingredients you use on your face, like AHA’s and salicylic acid, in just five minutes, this multi-action mask leaves your scalp feeling refreshed by exfoliating dead skin, oil, impurities and product build-up.
SHOP IT: Nordstrom, $35
This invigorating scalp scrub is made with Elastin Protein and Marine Minerals to provide a deep clean to get rid of impurities and build-up while locking in moisture.
A purifying and gentle clarifying shampoo formulated with salicylic acid that prevents flaking and soothes a dry, irritated scalp.
SHOP IT: Sephora, $57
A gentle chemical scalp exfoliant? Yup, this serum effectively breaks down dead skin and removes product build-up for less breakage and flaking. Apply directly to the scalp and gently massage for the lactic acid and witch hazel-powered formula to do its magic.
SHOP IT: Frank Body, $29
Formulated with sweet almond oil, while this scrub is made to remove residue, it also provides long-last hydration and soothes and soothing benefits for the scalp.
SHOP IT: Sephora, $50
Whether you’re dealing with an extremely dry or oily scalp, in just a few short questions you can create your very own customized conditioning mask best suited for your scalp/skin type. Each unique formula is made to deliver an optimal blend of nutrients to help give hair the moisture it needs.
SHOP IT: Function of Beauty, $20
Specially designed for those with a dry, itchy scalp, this exfoliating scrub shampoo is clinically shown to reduce up to 82 per cent of flaking. Whether the flaking is caused by product build-up of oil and debris, enjoy a hydrated and moisturized head of hair after just one use.
SHOP IT: Sephora, $54
Made with amino acid and kaolin clay, this purifying clay mask deeply cleanses and purifies the scalp. It helps balance sebum level on hair, while removing pollution and impurities without stripping. It leaves the skin feeling refreshed and invigorated.
SHOP IT: Kerastase, $51