The thing about scalps is that we forget we have them. Unless you have a chronic issue like dandruff or hair loss, it’s easy to forget that under your hair is a whole other organ: skin. Yes, the same skin that’s on your face and covering your body is on top of your head. It is our body’s largest organ after all.
And since our scalp is a living, breathing part of our body, that means that it’s prone to a whole host of issues, the aforementioned dandruff and hair loss chief among them. Proper scalp care can help curb these issues. What is proper scalp care, you ask? Well, it’s (not so) shockingly similar to skin care for your face, beginning with a scrub.
“Scalp scrubs help remove dead skin cells and debris from the scalp,” says dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, MD. “If you develop thick dandruff and scaling on the scalp, a scrub can help remove the flakes. It can also be used to fully remove large amounts of hair products that may have deposited on the scalp.” Think of it the same way as you exfoliating your face and use a scrub once or twice a week instead of or before shampooing.
While we can’t say for sure that using a scalp scrub will prevent hair loss (there are too many factors in male hair loss to point to one single cure), the general belief is that a healthy scalp means healthy hair. “Scalp inflammation in general may interfere with proper functioning of hair follicles and hair growth,” says Dr. Zeichner. Just don’t go overboard. “If you suffer from dandruff, dry scalp, or scalp psoriasis, you should visit a dermatologist to talk about your scalp condition. While scrubs can help remove flakes, if used to aggressively they can cause irritation and inflammation, causing more harm than good,” he says.
The sea salt in this scrub is a natural exfoliator and the apple cider vinegar has antimicrobial properties which help remove impurities and get you a fresh, clean feeling.