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How to exfoliate the scalp?

Just like the skin on our bodies and faces, our hair requires appropriate care to maintain its health and shine. While many are content with a simple shampoo, a hair scrub is equally essential to rid the scalp of all impurities. However, to reap all these benefits, it is crucial to know the correct application method and adopt the appropriate technique to effectively exfoliate the scalp.

Published February 15, 2022, updated on February 8, 2024, by Stéphanie, Doctorate in Life and Health Sciences — 2 min read

A scalp exfoliation: why is it necessary?

The hair scrub serves the same purposes as a skin scrub, that is, to exfoliate the scalp. The principle involves applying a treatment that deeply purifies the hair. The scrub aims to remove dead skin cells accumulated on the scalp to unclog the pores. At the same time, it helps to remove excess sebum and dandruff clusters. While the scrub is recommended for oily scalps, it can be performed on all hair types to give them a healthy and shiny appearance. Moreover, this technique helps to reactivate the blood microcirculation, which is responsible for hair growth.

How should one apply a hair scrub?

Typically, a hair scrub is performed before the shampoo and the usual hair treatments. Moreover, its application is only done at the root level, and certainly not on the lengths and ends. To reap all the benefits of this treatment, follow the steps below:

  • Apply a small amount of exfoliating gel over your entire dry scalp. To do this, dab it onto your scalp, part by part, using its precision tip while lifting hair strands with a comb;

  • Once the entire head of hair is covered with the product, gently massage it section by section with the pads of your fingers, without applying too much pressure, for 2 to 3 minutes to stimulate blood microcirculation and invigorate the scalp;

  • Allow it to sit for 5 to 10 minutes and then rinse thoroughly with warm water to completely remove any residue of the product;

  • Then proceed to your usual washing routine by applying your shampoo , your conditioner, and your mask .


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