Exfoliating Scalp Treatments

Exfoliating removes dead skin and product buildup.
Exfoliating removes dead skin and product buildup. (Image: Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images)

Your scalp deserves the same special treatment as you give the rest of your skin. In fact, it needs special treatment to stay healthy. Dead skin and product buildup can leave your scalp itchy and flaky, which can show up on your hair as well. Treat your hair to a scalp exfoliating treatment to keep it healthy.

Oily Hair

If your hair has a tendency to be greasy, the first step is to remove some of the excess oil. Cornstarch is a great absorber. Dip the bristles of a natural bristle hairbrush into cornstarch and draw it through your hair from roots to tips. Dampen your finger tips and dip them in the cornstarch. Divide your hair into sections and rub your fingers into your scalp, massaging it and exfoliating dead skin and excess oil. Brush your hair thoroughly again before washing.

Dry Hair

Dry hair tends to leave your scalp itchy and flaky with dead skin. For a sweet-smelling treatment, mix equal parts jojoba oil and brown sugar with a few drops of essential oil of your choice. Use your fingers to rub this sugar scrub into your scalp. It's best to use this treatment in the shower after you've wet your hair and conditioned it. Massage your scalp with the scrub in a circular motion, then rinse and wash your hair as usual.

Normal Hair

Normal hair usually results in a healthy scalp, but even healthy scalps can benefit from some exfoliating treatment. Treat your scalp by massaging a few tablespoons of olive oil into it after washing your hair. Use your fingers to massage your scalp in a circular motion with the oil. The oil will loosen any dead skin and buildup from your scalp. Wrap your head in a damp, hot towel for five minutes then wash your hair again as usual.

Fine Hair

Fine hair can't take a heavy, oily treatment without becoming limp. Instead, try apple cider vinegar. After washing your hair, pour a cup of warm apple cider vinegar on your wet scalp. Use your fingers to rub it into the scalp. This will remove dead skin and buildup and the vinegar will stimulate your scalp and condition your hair.

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