Wash day routines can be a bit complicated—especially when you’re natural. It isn’t just shampoo and conditioner, but deep conditioners, pre-poos, masks, and whatever else you need to get the job done.
Truth be told, washing your hair would be much easier if there was something that could simplify the process. Luckily for us, there is!
Scalp exfoliators and scrubs might be exactly what you need to cut your wash routine time in half and even keep your hair in check between washes!
Here are three reasons why you should add a scalp scrub routine to your wash day, ASAP!
They catch what the shampoo didn’t.
Most of us wash our hair in the same way: lather up the shampoo, work it through our hair once or twice, and then rinse.
While it’s effective in getting most of the dirt, sweat, and buildup out of our strands, it doesn’t always result in clean roots or a clean scalp. Scalp scrub, however, makes it easy to get those hard-to-clean areas.
Like other body and face scrubs, scalp scrubs don’t require much extra effort to do their job.
All you have to do is make sure you’re working on a damp or wet head of hair, and then rub the scrub in circular motions on your scalp before or after you shampoo.
They treat dandruff and other skin conditions.
Often times when we discuss skin issues, we put all of our focus on face and body—forgetting that our scalp is apart of our skin as well.
And just like the skin on your face and body can experience various forms of inflammation and irritation, so can your scalp.
Dandruff, psoriasis, eczema, and folliculitis are just a few of the conditions that are particularly hard to treat when they affect your scalp.
Scalp exfoliators that are formulated with ingredients like charcoal, salicylic acid, and other chemical and physical exfoliants give you an opportunity to properly care for your scalp without having to wash your hair every single time.
They stimulate hair growth.
Not all scalp scrubs are made with formulas and ingredients that promote hair growth.
Instead, the magic is in the method of application itself; Massaging the scrub into your scalp increases and improves blood circulation in your head, which inadvertently lends support to the anagen phase of hair growth.
In other words, healthy and consistent blood flow in your scalp stimulates your hair follicles and causes growth.
Obviously, a simple massage with oils can get this job done. Scalp scrubs, however, ensure that your scalp is stimulated and your hair follicles are unclogged and ready for growth.