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I Tried It: Scalp Exfoliation

It makes total sense—just like you would exfoliate your face or your body, you should do the same for your scalp.

By Hala Daher May 13, 2016

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Way back when I bleached my hair to get it ready for the perfect pewter pixie, I had some serious dry scalp issues. It looked like dandruff but wasn't. It might have actually been worse and no amount of coconut oil made it any better. So I asked around and discovered that scalp exfoliation is a thing that exists. I had no idea it was a thing, but it is, and as I learned, it's amazing.

It makes total sense—just like you would exfoliate the skin on your face or your body you should do the same thing for your scalp. Scalp exfoliation will get rid of it all: dead skin cells, product buildup, dandruff and oil. In turn, this will give your scalp the ideal environment to encourage hair growth. 

Before making an investment in an expensive scalp exfoliation product, I decided to try a homemade version first. Thanks to the power of Pinterest, I made a mixture of brown sugar, oatmeal and hair conditioner into a paste and applied that to my poor, peeling scalp. I massaged it through my entire head hoping that the mixture would get rid of the dead skin and leave me with a clear scalp once again. Afterwards, I rinsed it out and followed with shampoo and conditioner. It took a few of rinses but I finally got the mixture out of my hair. Unfortunately, It didn't work out as I had hoped. I decided that throwing money at this problem was a much better idea.

The next day I dropped by Ulta to pick up Alterna Caviar Clinical Exfoliating Scalp Facial. This treatment contains active enzymes and microbeads and comes in a bottle with a plastic brush attachment. You're supposed to squeeze the product directly onto your head and use the brush to disperse it. The brush and beads are supposed to help dislodge the flakes and the enzymes act as a mild chemical exfoliant. You follow with regular shampoo and conditioning. This time, the product worked wonders. My scalp was totally clear after my first try. Rinsing it was a breeze and It didn't dry out my already dry, damaged hair. Instead, my scalp felt literally squeaky clean. Those horrible flakes from the bleach were finally gone!

I decided since I wash my hair only a couple of times a week, and I use dry shampoo and other products regularly, that adding a scalp exfoliating treatment to my weekly hair routine would only help with managing my dry scalp and ridiculous product build-up. Since then, I've really noticed difference in my scalp health. Once this bottle of Alterna treatment is done, I'll be looking forward to trying other similar products.

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