Seasonal changes (especially winter), environment pollution, abuse of styling products, use of wrong hair products that have silicones or heavy oils in them, all these factors can cause flakes, dandruff, clogged pores and scalp irritation.
But, hair wellness starts at the scalp. Your scalp can stop hair growth at the root because of product buildup and dead skin cells that can form a barrier.
But, how can you dissolve this scalp buildup? Read on and find it out.
When we talk about scalp health and how to dissolve buildup, the keyword is “scalp detox”, or better “exfoliate”.
When not exfoliated, flakes and dandruff can build up on the scalp and clog pores. Doing a detox treatment will remove the flakes, but also restore and balance the scalp.
You can detox the scalp by using chemical exfoliant treatments with ingredients like salicylic and glycolic acid, or opt for a gentle and natural scalp scrub.
Scalp detox is always a good idea. Everyone should exfoliate their scalp, because the scalp is a continuum of face skin.
If you never exfoliate your face, you’d see a dull skin tone and clogged pores. When you don’t exfoliate your scalp, it can become dry, flaky, itchy and full of product buildup.
A scalp detox is more than a shampoo. It is a kind of scalp massage by brushing or using an exfoliating scrub, which helps eliminate dead skin cells, unclog the pores on your scalp, and clear product buildup from the hair follicles.
Detoxing the scalp may also allievate itching, dandruff, and other forms of irritation.
If you don’t know when it’s time for a scalp detox, you should only look at your scalp and feel it. Is there product buildup? Is your scalp dry? Have you got dandruff? Do you feel a general scalp discomfort? These are the questions you’d wonder.
Pay attention to these signs. If you notice one or more of them, you should give to your scalp a detox treatment.
The first and simplest way to detox hair follicles in a natural way is brushing hair.
When you brush your hair – before going bed or having a shower – you start the exfoliation process. Friction and massage on the scalp are meant to stimulate blood circulation and consequently the scalp health.
The next step could be a scalp scrub, using finger pads to massage the product into the scalp.
You might opt for scalp scrub from the market, a salon treatment or a DIY remedy.
There are some natural ingredients that may be a cure-all for the scalp, such as:
N.B. If you suffer of some scalp disease, you shouldn’t give your scalp a detox treatment, but you may need to see a dermatologist.
Apple cider vinegar, thanks to vitamins B and C which is rich of, has lots of benefits:
How to use it? Mix five parts water to one part vinegar in a spray bottle, spray your scalp well, take some time to make it work at least for five minutes, wash your hair and scalp with cool water.
Scalp detox therefore has many benefits, such as promoting healthy hair growth, preventing oxidative stress, removing build-up, soothing irritation and redness.
Our advice is to give your scalp a detox treatment at least once a month. A scalp detox treatment generally takes about half an hour.
But, is one treatment enough for a deep detox?
Actually, keeping the scalp healthy and detoxified requires constant and daily attentions. Which ones?
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