Let’s face it, curlies. Whether your curls are thick or fine, you’ve got a lot of them. Working through your curls can be really challenging, especially when you’re trying to keep them from tangling or prevent the curl from falling. This means that when it comes time to washing your hair, your scalp might be getting the short end of the stick.
Since curlies are encouraged to wash their hair less to retain healthy oils and moisture, we tend to use more products than those that wash their curls more frequently. I don’t know about you, but after day two and certainly on day three I’m reaching for my dry shampoo! After a few uses, things can get a little bit…gunky. This is where a good scalp exfoliation comes in.
We already know that vigorously washing and stimulating your scalp is great for encouraging healthy curl growth. If your scalp is overloaded with products, you might be feeling an itchy tightness which lets you know you’re developing dandruff. Exfoliating can help combat dandruff.
While you can buy exfoliating shampoo products, you can also make your own super easy and inexpensive DIY shampoo at home. On your weekly shampoo day, add ¼ cup of course sea salt to your favorite moisturizing curl shampoo. Mix together and then flip your curls upside to allow you to work the mix onto your scalp. You can also do this by sectioning out thicker curls. The salt can help balance an out of whack curl’s pH, which makes for healthier, more manageable curls. Use your fingertips to give your scalp a good rubdown, and then rinse thoroughly. Follow up your deep cleanse with some conditioner!