How To Exfoliate Scalp At Home

by Somreeta Mukherjee on July 28, 2012 · 27 comments

How To Exfoliate Scalp At Home

How To Exfoliate Scalp At Home

Exfoliation of skin is now an age old story and there is hardly anyone here who is not aware of it. With thousands of facial scrubs, body scrubs, hand scrubs and foot scrubs available in the market, exfoliation of skin is now being recognized as a significant part of the beauty regimen. Just like your skin needs to be exfoliated, your scalp too needs exfoliation! Wondering how to exfoliate your scalp? Here is a post that will make you aware of every aspect regarding exfoliation of scalp.

Why Scalp Exfoliation?

Before we can discuss steps on how to exfoliate scalp, it is important to know why scalp exfoliation is needed at all! Here are the top reasons:

  • It helps to remove dead cells.
  • It helps to relieve itchy scalp and flaking of scalp.
  • It prevents premature hair loss.
  • It helps to remove build up on the scalp and prevent clogging of hair follicles.
  • It helps to treat scalp acnes, scalp pimples and white heads.

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How To Exfoliate Scalp At Home:  The Steps

It is extremely easy to exfoliate the scalp. Here are the steps to follow:

  • Exfoliation of scalp at the time of shampoo:  Cleansing is an important part of exfoliation and hence, the shampooing! Just mix a spoon of brown sugar to your shampoo and then, apply it gently in circular motions on your scalp. Do this for about four to five minutes. Be patient while your wash your hair. Rinse thoroughly.
  • Exfoliation of scalp at the time of conditioning: Just add a few drops of your favorite essential oil for hair and a spoon of sugar to your conditioner. Apply the mixture and exfoliate the scalp gently in circular motions for 5 minutes with the help of the tips of your fingers. Wash it off thoroughly. Use a vinegar rinse or lemon rinse after that.

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How To Exfoliate Scalp At Home:  Homemade Recipes

Scalp exfoliation recipes are easy to prepare. Apart from exfoliation while shampooing and conditioning, you can also choose to exfoliate scalp separately. Here are a few recipe ideas you can opt for:

  • Brown sugar -coconut oil scrub: Mix 3 spoons of sugar with coconut oil (2 spoons). Add a few drops of essential oils like tea tree, jasmine and lavender. Apply and massage your scalp for sometime. Wash it off with a mild shampoo.
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  • Honey – sugar scrub: Mix half cup honey with one cup of sugar granules. Add a few drops of white vinegar. Apply on scalp and massage gently. Cover your head with a shower cap and sit for sometime. Wash off.
  • Olive oil – egg scrub: Mix an egg with 2 spoons of olive oil. Add a spoon of vinegar and another spoon of powdered fenugreek seeds. Massage your scalp and wait for about 30 minutes. Wash off.

How To Exfoliate Scalp At Home:  Other Tips

  • Massaging your hair with apple cider vinegar also works wonders. It is extremely simple yet very effective.
  • Avoid over-massaging your hair and scalp. This might lead to hair fall due to environmental stress.
  • Be gentle while you massage your scalp.
  • If you use hair gels, hair mousses and other hair styling products, scalp exfoliation is all the more necessary for you. Make sure that you exfoliate your scalp once every week.
  • When it comes to scalp exfoliation, experimenting is the key word! Experiment with ingredients that suit you best. You can use ingredients like aloe vera gel, tea tree oil, oatmeal, brown sugar, yoghurt, lemon juice, onion juice, thyme and sage. They are good for the health of your hair. Just make sure that you add some granulated stuff like oatmeal or brown sugar to do proper exfoliation.

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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

Ritika July 28, 2012 at 6:03 pm

Very informative post! Super useful! I’m currently using Body Shop’s rainforest shine shampoo and its making my hair so sticky! It doesnt feel clean at all :( I wanna go back to my FabIndia shampoo but silicones :(

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Somreeta Mukherjee July 28, 2012 at 11:29 pm

Thanx Ritika :) i know how bad it feels when ur hair feels sticky :( i have oily scalp and i suffer frm this prob so often!!!!

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jomol July 28, 2012 at 6:07 pm

Very useful post Somreeta…..I agree exfoliating scalp is as important as exfoliating the face….:)

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Somreeta Mukherjee July 28, 2012 at 11:30 pm

thank you Jomol :) :) i lovvve the very concept of exfoliation :P

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Christine Leon July 28, 2012 at 6:45 pm

Brown sugar is so gentle and effective and yummy for so many beauty recipes. It makes my skin so soft. I’m going to do this tomorrow. Great post, Somreeta!

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Somreeta Mukherjee July 28, 2012 at 11:31 pm

thank yu so much Christine…! do share ur experience here :)

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Akshatha July 28, 2012 at 7:17 pm

Wonderful Post Somreeta.. :) :thumbsup:

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Somreeta Mukherjee July 28, 2012 at 11:32 pm

thanks Aksha ;)

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swati July 28, 2012 at 7:28 pm

Where can I get brown sugar? I live in Bangalore. And can anyone please tell me other uses of it?

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Christine Leon July 28, 2012 at 7:52 pm

Demarara sugar or brown sugar will be available at Nilgiris outlets. You could as well try Godrej Nature’s Basket (:

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Ray July 28, 2012 at 8:10 pm

You can find it any grocery store in Bangalore Swati :) Spar, niligiris

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Somreeta Mukherjee July 28, 2012 at 11:33 pm

Swati…i hav no idea abt Bangalore dear….hope Christine and Ray’s suggestions help. ;)

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Ray July 28, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Nice post Somreeta….had never thought of exfoliating my scalp :) I will try exfoliating when shampooing next time :)

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Somreeta Mukherjee July 28, 2012 at 11:33 pm

thanks Ray….dont forget to share ur experience! :)

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ife July 28, 2012 at 8:27 pm

if you use a lot of products, baking soda works well… or mix it with an ordinary shampoo to make it clarifying.. do lemon/vinegar rinse… ta.. da…. light fluffy hair :)
nice post Somreetha

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Somreeta Mukherjee July 28, 2012 at 11:34 pm

thank you ife!! indeed :)

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Swathi July 28, 2012 at 8:54 pm

Very Nice Post..very Informative :)

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Somreeta Mukherjee July 28, 2012 at 11:35 pm

thanks Swathi :D :D

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shanaiia July 29, 2012 at 11:39 am

Very nice post and great tips Somreeta…tho im not 2 sure if the brown sugar and conditioner part should be done..i’ve read that a conditioner should not be applied to the scalp but to the hair length starting from the ear level..

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Rati July 29, 2012 at 12:11 pm

excellent tips somreeta. honestly never gave it a thought. :) I am so going to include it in my hair care regime. thanks a ton. :))

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Arja July 29, 2012 at 12:43 pm

The bodyshop rainforest VOLUME shampoo is a total disaster for me.The conditioners of the range are good though. I guess the shampoos are not meant for oily scalp. And absolutely not for those who follow the oiling-before -shampooing -routine. :(

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Jabberwocky July 29, 2012 at 8:55 pm

The moment I saw this article, I knew it was by you, Somreeta. :D It never occured to me that we could exfoliate our scalp too but now it makes perfect sense. I love the brown sugar scrub recipe. Will definitely try it out.

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Raji b July 30, 2012 at 12:56 am

Thank you, very helpful article

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swati July 30, 2012 at 3:05 am

Thank you Christine and Ray. I got a packet today! Will try It out now! Thanks Somreeta! :)

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Supriya July 30, 2012 at 3:05 am

How come this never occurred to me ,…..Thanks Somreeta

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Zee Bee July 30, 2012 at 7:15 am

isn’t shampooing enough ? Won’t scrubbing the the scalp stimulate more oil production. For dry hair it could be ok but for oily hair-disaster!I personally think too much and too frequent scrubbing with harsher uneven particles is not necessary not even for skin. i mean ground oatmeal is the gentlest scrub particle and ground sugar is ok for prolly once in fifteen days or so that too for people who don’t use loofahs for bathing.

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