Why Scalp Exfoliation Is the Key to Your Best Hair Ever

scalp exfoliationWe all know that exfoliation is a key component to a well-rounded skincare routine, but who knew that rule extended to our scalps?

Scalp exfoliation is actually highly recommended by dermatologists, but it’s just now emerging as the newest trend in haircare.

We’re taking a look at its many benefits and offering up some DIY scrubs to let you experience the results for yourself.

1. It eliminates product buildup.

If hairspray and mousse are your hair’s BFFs, then you’ll definitely want to exfoliate your scalp on a regular basis.

These products accumulate over time, which can result in clogged follicles, dry skin, and dandruff. In fact, it even contributes to thinning hair.

2. It stimulates circulation.

You know how great it feels when your hairstylist massages your scalp? Well, you can recreate that magic at home via scalp exfoliation.

The process increases blood flow to the scalp, which in turn delivers nutrients and oxygen to the hair follicles and results in healthier, shinier locks.

3. It enhances your other haircare products.

You probably pay a decent amount of money on your haircare products, but if your scalp is all dry and flaky, those styling products aren’t going to work their best.

Exfoliating your scalp leads to better product performance — which means you’ll use less product overall.

4. It promotes hair growth.

Dreaming of long locks? You may want to evaluate your scalp health. A properly exfoliated scalp means healthier hair follicles — and enhanced hair growth.

When you scrub away dead skin cells, you’re speeding up the cellular turnover on your scalp.

You’re also clearing the way for oils to be evenly distributed throughout your mane, which makes your hair look glossier overall.

3 DIY Scalp Exfoliation Scrubs to Try Now

Ready to try this trend for yourself? These easy DIY scalp scrubs from Hello Glow use items you probably already have in your home:

1. Exfoliating Brown Sugar and Oatmeal Scrub


  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • Finely ground oatmeal (approximately 2 tablespoons)
  • 2 tablespoons hair conditioner


  1. Combine ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Shampoo hair first to remove any styling products, then scoop a small amount in the palm of your hand and work the scrub into your scalp, using a circular motion.
  3. Rinse thoroughly.

2. Clarifying Shampoo and Baking Soda Scrub


  • 1 heaping tablespoon baking soda
  • Big squeeze of shampoo (roughly 1 tablespoon)
  • A few drops of tea tree oil


  1. Combine ingredients and work the mixture through your hair, focusing on the scalp and roots.
  2. Give yourself a couple of minutes to massage into hair, and enjoy a nice scalp massage to remove the accumulation of product and dead skin buildup.
  3. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.

Note: this scrub isn’t recommended for color treated hair.

3. Deep Cleansing Salt and Olive Oil Scrub


  • 2 tablespoons sea salt
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil


  1. Mix salt, lemon juice, and oil together.
  2. Wet hair and massage scrub into scalp for several minutes.
  3. Rinse well and shampoo.

For best results, exfoliate your scalp at least once a month (if not weekly).

Will you give scalp exfoliation a try? Sound off in the comments section below!

Lesley Sheridan is a high-maintenance fashion, beauty and lifestyle writer who thinks she’s low-maintenance. (Yes, she stole that line from When Harry Met Sally.) In addition to writing for The Local Lifestyle, her work regularly appears on Zenni Optical and Slickdeals. Make her day by sending her a tweet.

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  1. Love this! My hair has thinned out noticeably and I’m always trying new things to help it grow. Going to try this olive oil scrub tonight. 🙂 Great article!!

    1. Thank you, Megan! My hair is the same way, and I really think exfoliation helps! I hope you liked the olive oil scrub! ☺️