There’s something so satisfying about picking, scraping or squeezing something on your own body. Popping that pimple could leave a scar, but it’s near impossible not to be tempted to squeeze the gunk out of it, especially when it comes to a head.
Performing these acts on your own skin is one thing, but when it comes to watching someone else do it, the jury’s out. Clearly there’s a market for watching this borderline mutilation — there are endless YouTube channels, Insta accounts and even television shows dedicated to pimple popping. Why are we so obsessed with pus and blood squirting from another’s chin!?
More recently, even, the internet has started a thing for a process called dandruff-scraping.
Dandruff-scraping is exactly what it sounds like: someone sets up a camera, hits record and begins vigorously brushing their hair hard enough that you can not only hear a scraping sound, but also watch a waterfall of flaky, skin peel away from the scalp.
Channels on YouTube like Scratching My Scalp Off, which has 15K subscribers, and Girlflakesworld (10K subscribers) are specifically dedicated to the act of scratching off dander, and the women behind these accounts get creative with the tools they use to scrape.
“My favorite tool for scraping is a dental pick. It’s flat on one end and pointy on the other which really allows me to gently lift the scales from my scalp without pulling my hair strands out,” Tracie Martin, a YouTube dandruff scraper, told Allure.
A DENTAL PICK!?
Many of the dandruff-scraping videos have tens of thousands of views, some even have millions of views, including this close-up one by Scratching My Scalp Off:
For some, these videos of dandruff-scraping are more than watching someone relieve an itchy scalp; they can have an autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR), that calm, tingling feeling that starts on the top of the head and travels down the spine. But that soothing feeling isn’t felt by everyone. For others (this writer included) these videos (which I refuse to watch) of dry skin patches being combed from a stranger’s head are downright nauseating.
Alas, the internet wants what it wants. And today, it wants dandruff.