Imagine if you never exfoliated your skin.. Most of us use a loofah in the shower to remove dead skin cells. Many of us add an exfoliator to our skin routine every month or so. Then there are those that dry brush their skin, and swear by its effectiveness in exfoliating and more importantly lymphatic drainage.
Our scalp is probably the only part of our skin that is not exfoliated on a regular basis. When you come to think of it though, it probably needs it the most. The soap, conditioner, sprays and serums can cause buildup which will eventually affect hair growth. Add to that the hard water in some parts of the world, and your scalp becomes a hot spot for residue. If you feel your hair is lanky and dull, it may be a symptom of scalp buildup as well. There are three ways of actually doctoring this issue.
Firstly, a detoxifying scrub made of charcoal, sea salt or even sugar is a surefire way of avoiding buildup. Massage your dry scalp with your choice of clay, salt or charcoal-based exfoliator. Leave on for 5 minutes and rinse off. Continue with your normal hair-washing protocol. Get yours at CIIN
Secondly, you could invest in a water purifier which will turn your hard water soft. This eliminates the harmful minerals in the water and avoids future buildups. There are a number of options out there actually, their is of course the professional size soft water purifier which will then clean out all the water used in the household. A smaller commitment is a tap purifier which can be fixed onto the shower-head itself, cleaning out the water used in the shower only.
Thirdly, we reached out to Amina Mango, of Amina Natural Skincare. Known for her magic with natural ingredients, she suggested a protocol that doesn’t include exfoliating at all. Exfoliation she feels may be too harsh for the scalp, and instead suggests a combination of natural oils to cleanse and stimulate the area. Below is Amina’s formula:
- Combine coconut, olive and castor oils with a few drops of tea tree to cleanse.
- Add quarter cup of lemon, and few drops of rosemary oil to the formula to stimulate the scalp.
- Start massaging the formula at the scalp then continue to the remainder of the hair.
- Comb through, then leave on hair from 30 minutes to 3 hours.
- Wash off by adding shampoo directly to the hair, to cut the grease.
Finish off with conditioner and a rinse of diluted lemon juice or apple vinegar (2 tables per 500ml water). The lemon or vinegar will balance the pH of the scalp, remove soap residue and buildup, in addition to adding shine. If the smell of vinegar is too harsh, add geranium or bergamot essential oil to the final rinse.