Is Scalp Exfoliation a thing?

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One of the latest trends in hair products are scalp exfoliating products.  Just like the rest of the skin on your body and face, the skin on your scalp turns over.  So, where does that skin go? Well if you are not “exfoliating” your scalp, that skin can build up on your scalp.  Making it harder for your products to penetrate your scalp, which can leave your hair looking dull. Scalp exfoliation is not just for people that have dandruff, everyone can benefit from this!  Fresh skin on your scalp makes for fresh, healthy hair. Excess oil on your scalp can cause hair thinning, exfoliating your scalp can help prevent that. Here are a few ways you can exfoliate your scalp!

Scalp Treatments in a salon!  This will include your stylist gently scrubbing your scalp with a brush to loosen the dead skin, then they will wash to remove the flakes away, then finish with an oil treatment on the scalp.  Leaving it clean and nourished. These treatments can usually be added on to your already existing hair appointment and are also super relaxing. On a side note, if you are one of those people that likes watching the pimple popper videos, then these two Instagram clips below will be right up your alley!

Here’s a new at home product to try!  Some major hair brands are coming out with scalp scrubs this season!  Oribe just released a new product in their Serene Scalp line, an exfoliating scrub for your scalp.  This scrub gently exfoliates your scalp with exfoliating beads to remove oil, dirt and product buildup.  It contains a blend of alpha hydroxy acids and fruit extracts that help to cleanse the pores on your head and nourish your hair.  Your scalp is left primed and purified. They recommend using this product before you shampoo, on wet hair weekly.  

A few other lines that have some great scalp products are: Briogeo has a line called Scalp Revival that contains charcoal and coconut oil.  And IGK Hair has a cleansing Walnut Scalp Scrub product.

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Friday Fail: As someone who suffers from an itchy scalp (especially in the winter), ever since I discovered that scalp exfoliators are a thing, I have made it my mission to try them all! So, when I saw that my holy grail dry shampoo (@igkhair First Class) came in a gift set with their Low Key Cleansing Walnut Scalp Scrub ($36 for 5 ounces at @sephora), I excitedly picked it up! What it claims: ? Gently exfoliates and removes buildup ? Clarifies and balances the scalp ? Softens and adds shine ? Formulated without parabens, sulfates, or phthalates ? Features lush, vibrant notes of guava, coconut water, pink lotus, midnight violet and vanilla ? Color safe with UV protection, vegan, cruelty-free and formulated without mineral oil, petroleum and gluten My experience: ?? The packaging, like all products from @igkhair, is visually pleasing. ?? The scent is strong, but pleasant and cooling feeling on your scalp. ?? The texture felt promising. Much gritter than others I've tried, so I assumed it would mean better exfoliation. ?? Unfortunately, the packaging and scent are where the positives stopped for me. The texture was much too thick to spread evenly onto my scalp. ?? Attempting to rinse it out was nearly impossible, but once it was, my hair felt stripped and void of moisture. My verdict? I will not be purchasing the full size of this product. It's expensive and doesn't work – need I say more? As one reviewer on @sephora’s website put it, “For the life of me I can not understand how this product has any good reviews at all!” I would say that about sums it up. If you use one, what is your favorite scalp scrub?

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