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, scrubbing your scalp can also help.
So why scrub away at your scalp, you ask? 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.
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 sweeps away dead skin and product gunk with biodegradable jojoba beads, conditioning stearic acid and nourishing argan oil extracts.
Before you step in the shower, gently massage it in (on a dry scalp, so there’s more friction) to exfoliate away any clutter that might be clogging those hair follicles. Instead of microbeads, our scrub contains biodegradable jojoba beads, conditioning shea butter and nourishing argan oil extract. And as anyone who’s been on the receiving end of a scalp massage will tell you, rubbing this stuff in is a sheer unadulterated joy rather than a chore!
If you’re not sure how to get that scrub through your hair so it reaches your scalp, here’s a technique we’ve found that works quite well: take a tiny amount on your fingertips and rapidly tousle it through your strands, working quickly until you find your scalp so it can work its magic (you don’t want the majority of it to get lost in your hair on the way).
And if you’re worried about those tiny beads getting stuck in your strands, fret not. As long as you rinse thoroughly (make sure you flip your head over under the shower to make doubly sure) you should have no rogue grains hidden among your roots post-wash.
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.”