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How to Exfoliate Your Scalp

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author image Kimbry Parker
Kimbry Parker has been writing since 1998 and has published content on various websites. Parker has experience writing on a variety of topics such as health, parenting, home improvement and decorating. She is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in organizational communication.
How to Exfoliate Your Scalp
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You make sure to give your legs and arms a twice-weekly exfoliation, and you always remember to slough off the dead skin from you face, but one part of the skin that’s often overlooked is the scalp. Dirt, oil and buildup form on your scalp just as it does any other part of your skin, and in order to keep your scalp and your hair healthy, periodic exfoliation is necessary to unclog your pores. Use an exfoliating shampoo to scrub your scalp, or whip up one of your own right at home. Either way, your scalp will feel soft, clean and free of grime.

Step 1

How to Exfoliate Your Scalp
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Mix up a homemade exfoliating scalp scrub into a bowl. Combine 1 tablespoon of brown sugar or baking soda, 3 tablespoons of conditioner and 3 drops of essential oil. Peppermint, tea tree, lavender and vitamin E are all good choices for the scalp. Stir the ingredients with a spoon.

Step 2

How to Exfoliate Your Scalp
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Wet your hair with warm water. Avoid using hot water, which can dry out the skin.

Step 3

How to Exfoliate Your Scalp
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Apply the mixture to your wet hair. Scrub it into your scalp for a minute or two using your fingers. Use moderate pressure when scrubbing to effectively remove the dead and dry skin. Scrub along the hairline as well as the middle and back of head to effectively reach all parts of the scalp. Pay special attention to any particularly dry or itchy parts of the scalp.

Step 4

How to Exfoliate Your Scalp
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Rinse the mixture out of your hair. Shampoo your hair and scalp with clarifying shampoo, then condition as usual.

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