You Asked: Should You Exfoliate Your Scalp?

When it comes to beauty advice, there are a few constants – namely, “wear sunscreen” and “wash your face before bed.” Another one we’d like to add to the list: exfoliate. And not just your face.

Sure, your face needs a good old scrub down to both prevent breakouts and fight the signs of aging, but so does your body (in order to ensure your pores can breathe and detoxify) and, yes, even your scalp (for healthy hair!).

So, in short: yes, you need to exfoliate your scalp.

That said, you don’t need, to use a special scalp exfoliating mask.

(Though, if you want to, try the Keranique Micro-Exfoliating Follicle Revitalizing Mask ($45), which is specifically designed to clear the scalp of buildup, promote healthy hair growth, detangle, and strengthen your hair – all without weighing hair down.)

So, how else can you exfoliate your scalp?

Brush Your Hair From Scalp To End. Ideally, use a Mason Pearson boar bristle hair brush ($230) to brush your hair from root to end, pulling the oils from your scalp down to the ends of your hair and gently exfoliating the dead skin cells from your scalp. We know the brush is expensive, but you’ll literally have it forever. #investment

DIY It. Toss your hair in a loose bun and bring some baking soda with you into the shower. Mix equal parts baking soda and shampoo and shampoo just your scalp. Keep your hair pinned up to keep the exfoliating scrub concentrated on your scalp.

 

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