To maintain healthy hair, it is important to keep your scalp healthy. As the winter sets in and the weather gets colder, you reach for your lip balm and moisturising creams. But what about your scalp? Just like the skin on your face, your scalp will feel the disadvantages of the cold weather.
Why Should You Exfoliate Your Scalp?
Just like your lips get chapped in the colder weather, your scalp can become flaky if it dries out too much. Having curly hair normally means your hair gets washed once or twice a week, which can lead to build up on the scalp. ‘The scalp is much like the skin, but with more oil glands and hair follicles, This means that sebum and dead skin cells can build up, causing oiliness and flaking, particularly if you’re prone to dermatitis or psoriasis’ says trichologist Philip Kingsley. ‘A build-up of sebum and dead skin cells blocks the pores, and leads to increased shedding,’ He goes on to explain ‘In fact, this is one of the key reasons hair thins as we age. Cell turnover slows with age so dead cells need help to be scrubbed away. Exfoliating the scalp once a week will clear away this build-up.’
Exfoliating your scalp doesn’t have to be expensive or hard work. Here are our favourite homemade treatments.
- Brown Sugar and Oatmeal Scrub. Combine two tablespoons brown sugar, two tablespoons finely ground oatmeal with two tablespoons hair conditioner in a bowl. Rub into scalp, using your fingertips after washing, in small circular movements. Rinse well.
- Baking Soda and Essential Oil. Combine one tablespoon of baking soda, three tablespoons of conditioner and a few drops of essential oil into a bowl. Apply to clean, wet hair, massaging your scalp. Oils that are high in vitamin E are all good for the scalp, so try to use peppermint, tea tree or lavender oil. Rinse the mixture out of your hair. Shampoo your hair and scalp with clarifying shampoo, then condition as usual.
- Honey and Brown Sugar. Take four tablespoons of finely ground brown sugar, two tablespoons of conditioner and one tablespoon of honey in a bowl. Massage into your scalp and leave on for five minutes. Shampoo your hair to wash the sticky honey out.
- Salt and Olive Oil Scrub. Mix two tablespoons sea salt, one to two tablespoons lemon juice with two tablespoons olive oil and massage into clean, wet hair. Rinse well, or shampoo if your hair gets weighed down by the oil.
If homemade treatments aren’t doing it for you, grab yourself a Denman Scalp Massaging Be-Bop Brush. Use while you condition your curls by leaving the conditioner in and rubbing the brush over your scalp. You can also use on dry hair anywhere, anytime.