When you think of ways to prevent and treat hair loss, scrubbing your scalp may not be high up on your list. And indeed while results-driven serums (such as our 5*-rated Follicle Boost Hair Density Serum) are great for tackling hair loss head-on, using a scalp scrub is an essential step for stimulating hair growth. Let's unpack: does exfoliating scalp help hair growth?
Exfoliate your Scalp to Reduce Hair Loss
So, does exfoliating scalp help hair growth? As with the skin on your face, your scalp has its fair share of dirt and debris. But with your hair covering it, it’s less noticeable and something we tend to overlook. However, if your scalp accumulates too much dead skin and product build up, you’ll be rewarded with itching, dandruff and irritation – and last but not least, stunted hair growth. That’s because the debris on your scalp blocks the hair follicles and prevents strands from growing through.
Exfoliating your scalp mitigates against hair loss as it decongests follicles, nourishes the skin, primes the scalp for the optimal absorption of other hair growth boosting ingredients and stimulates circulation to the follicles.
Our resident dermatologist Dr Sue Ann Chan explains further.
“I advise my patients to care for their scalp in the same way as they care for the skin on their face,” she explains. “Too often the scalp gets neglected which can lead to stunted hair growth and a dull appearance in the hair in general. That’s why regular cleansing, hydration and exfoliation of the scalp are so important.”
Similar to facial and body scrubs, scalp scrubs like MONPURE’s Clarifying Scalp Scrub (as recently featured in The Sunday Times Style) work in the same way. Not only does it smell divine – that’ll be the sweet orange oil and sandalwood – but it exfoliates away dead skin and product build-up with biodegradable jojoba beads, conditioning stearic acid and nourishing argan oil extracts. Read on to learn how to exfoliate your scalp...
How to Exfoliate your Scalp
Use the Clarifying Scalp Scrub as a pre-wash exfoliator. Dampen hair, then apply small amounts of the scrub across different sections of the scalp.
Gently massage the scalp with small circular motions until a light lather forms.
Rinse thoroughly and follow with the Strengthening Silk Protein Shampoo. For best results, use 1-2 times weekly.
One last thing, before you get scrub-happy, a word of caution comes from our resident dermatologist Dr Sue Ann Chan: “Not all skin types are suitable for scrubbing – if you have any dermatological conditions, do consult your dermatologist before using scalp scrubs as these can sometimes irritate the skin if you have a pre-existing scalp condition such as scalp eczema or scalp lupus etc.”
Why a scalp scrub is important for hair growth