Scalp Cleansing: How To Properly Cleanse Your Hair

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No matter how long you stayed in that bubble bath or stared at your new blazer imaging your stylish aurora, it doesn’t matter if your hair hasn’t been properly cleansed. Let’s face it, hair practically completes the outfit and we have to treat it with care. It starts with a proper scalp cleanse. 

A scalp cleanse is good for getting rid of product buildup, excess oils, and general impurities. You’d be surprised how much dirt and debris, due to environmental factors, get laced between hair. A scalp cleanse can also be beneficial for those with certain scalp conditions that improve with clean hair.

You can think of it as a reset for your scalp as the seasons change. It’s also an easy way to hit refresh on your hair care routine. Hair cleansing is the first step in getting the shiny and healthy mane you’ve always wanted. 

It won’t come as a surprise to hear that an essential part of an effective scalp cleanse is using the right products. Since water alone won’t get the job done, we’ve got some recommendations:  

 

 

Before you begin your scalp cleanse, be sure to take some time to detangle your hair with a wide-toothed comb or brush. This will remove any stubborn knots that could feel impossible to remove once they’ve been introduced to water. 

Step Two: Massage a shampoo or product into the scalp only

Choose a shampoo or cleansing conditioner that will be compatible with your scalp and/or current hair dilemma. This may mean seeking an anti-dandruff shampoo or a gentle cleanser that will nourish and moisturize your strands.

Dove Dermacare Scalp Soothing Moisture Anti-Dandruff Shampoo

 

Got dandruff on the brain…and maybe on your shoulders? You’ll definitely want to add this scalp soothing shampoo to your hair cleansing routine. We’re bringing back confidence and getting rid of scalp irritation with this pH balanced formula made with Pyrithione Zinc. It effectively tackles dandruff and nourishes the scalp so your scalp can become flake-free with regular use. The best part is, it’s gentle enough to use daily to cleanse your scalp and created for all hair types.

Suave Cactus Flower Shine Shampoo

 

Sometimes, a gentle cleanse is all your need to make your scalp cleanse a success. While some shampoos can leave your hair stripped and almost “too clean” to liking, Suave’s Cactus Flower Shine Shampoo is made with active ingredients derived from plants like coconut and cactus flower to leave your scalp feeling refreshed and nourished. This cleansing shampoo is best used on the scalp only. 

Step Three: Remember the don’ts

It’s important to remember a few tips shortly after the product has made its way to your scalp. Never use your nails to scratch your scalp during the cleansing process. You could cause scarring and scabs that can become a pain to deal with. Instead, use the tips of your fingers to gently massage your scalp. Remember, the product will do all of the work so you won’t have to.

Also, do not pile your hair on top of your head during the scalp cleanse. This could cause a headache of tangles you’ll regret later. Apply the product to your scalp only and let it work its magic.

 

Step Four: Include a scalp scrub into your haircare lineup

Just like we exfoliate the skin on our face and invest in scrubs for the rest of our body, it’s important to make time for a scalp scrub, too. If you’ve never used one before, get ready to meet a game-changer. Not only does it feel amazing – especially after a long day – it’s excellent if you’re heavy-handed with styling products. 

 

Nexxus Scalp Inergy Gentle Exfoliating Scalp Scrub

 

This sulfate-free scalp scrub is formulated to cleanse and exfoliate the scalp to remove build-up. This scalp scrub works into a lather as you massage your scalp and the particles that do the scrubbing dissolve while you lather. It also contains a blend of wheat protein and ginger root, along with amino acids to improve the strength of your scalp and hair.

It’s best to use this scalp scrub once a week for the best results. We recommend using the scrub before you shampoo and condition your strands so that your wash and care system can effectively wash away all the build-up the scrub pulls out.

Nexxus Clean & Pure Invigorating Detox Scalp Scrub

Ready to bring on the deep scalp cleansing? Well, this detox scalp scrub was practically made for you. Hit the reset button by removing impurities, product, and oil build-up when you give your scalp the love it needs. This sulfate, dye, and paraben-free formula detoxifies, purifies, and rebalances your scalp for healthy hair growth. Add a dollop of the scrub into your palm. Gently work the product into hands and then massage into a moist scalp until the particles dissolve into a light lather. You’ll want to rinse thoroughly before continuing with a shampoo and conditioner.

Step Five: Treat your scalp outside of the shower

In between scalp cleansing, you can utilize Love Beauty and Planet Soothe & Nourish Scalp Serum. This detoxing product does exactly what its name promises. It refreshes and revives oily hair in between washes to cleanse and purify your strands. Think of this blend of hemp seed oil & nana leaf as a mini scalp cleanse to hold you over until your next real scrub! 

Love Beauty and Planet Soothe & Nourish Scalp Serum

The Bottom Line

Remember, healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp, so try a handful of products that meet your needs. A scalp cleanse will reset your hair cleansing routine while promoting hair growth. Treat your scalp to some love! You deserve it.

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