Brushing the teeth, pampering the skin on the face have become a norm. But what about scalp treatments? Most likely, scalp care falls out of your regular self-care routine. Maybe these facts will offer a different view of and some effective solutions to your healthy hair growth.
Scalp facials have become some of the best ways to strengthen and encourage hair growth by stimulating hair follicles in a gentle and natural way. Dry scalp may lead to dry hair, and eventually to various skin conditions. All that can be avoided with a simple home treatment – a scalp facial.
You can create a head spa environment to show off your fabulous hair any season, every time.
What Is A Scalp Facial?
Scalp is not readily visible to anyone, including yourself. But it is the important medium to which your hair is bound. The delicate skin of the scalp is abundant in sweat glands and sebaceous glands. Keeping the skin of your scalp free of buildup from natural oils, dead skin cells pile-up, product residue and dust is a prerequisite to healthy hair.
Learning the steps for an effective scalp facial could save you time and money. Most importantly, you will have an intimate understanding of your your scalp issues. Hence you’ll be able to tackle any unacceptable changes in your scalp health quickly. And that latter does include seeing a trichologist, a hair doctor, if it becomes necessary.
A scalp facial is a special care of the scalp skin to remove excess oil, dead skin cells, dirt and product buildup.
Without doubt, skin conditions like itchy scalp, flaky scalp, and even scalp psoriasis call your immediate attention.
Learn to identify whether your itchy scalp is dry due to its lack of care or there’s a more serious underlying condition.
Benefits of Scalp Facials
It’s the health of your hair that calls for regular scalp facial care. The best thing is that you only need to do it once a month to take advantage of the benefits it offers to your overall well-being.
The main benefit of a scalp facial is the increasing of blood flow around hair follicles. With an improved blood flow, the exchange between blood and a hair sack takes place. During such time, the damaging byproducts leave the sack and supportive nutrients enter the environment of a hair follicle.
Trichologist recommendation is to maintain your hair follicles clean and clear of oil and dead skin buildup by administering an effective scalp facial at least a once a month. For those with oily scalp, it would be preferential to tend to the scalp care about two times a month. In fact, oily hair does not mean you need to wash it daily! Frequent washing only encourages the secretion of the oil from the sebaceous glands.
Women with serious scalp conditions like psoriasis and eczema should always seek advice of their dermatologist to ensure new self-care practices will benefit, not harm their well-being.
Steps for An Effective Scalp Facial
Here are the essential steps for an effective, giving your a great relief and stimulating hair follicles, scalp facial at home. With quality ingredients for your hair, you sure can achieve brilliant results with your hair.
Step 1 – Pretreat Your Scalp
To get the best results from your scalp facial at home, you need to prepare your scalp skin for it. Based on the current condition of the scalp – oily, dry, congested – you need to choose the hair products.
However, you will be able to use the ingredients found in your pantry in order to pretreat the hair for a scalp facial. You can make your own pretreatment hair scrub in a bowl using effective ingredients.
Most of the time, such pre-shampoo pretreatments may contain the following ingredients: tea tree oil, peppermint, lemon, sage, rosemary essential oils. Citrus-based essential oils are a great way to invigorate and decongest the scalp.
As you can see from the list of the ingredients used in the pretreatment that they are antiinflammatory to soothe and stimulate hair follicles.
Apply your chosen and suitable for your hair condition pre-shampoo product or homemade hair scrub on dry hair.
TIP: Use small circular motions along your scalp surface to cover the most of its territory with the product. Scalp massage is the key to exfoliate, remove debris from the hair follicles and encourage an abundant blood flow to your hair base. Spend 3-5 minutes massaging the product into the scalp skin.
Use a shower cap to hold the hair and allow the mask to work overnight. Scalp facial at home can be easy and doable with the right accessories.
If you can sleep with such pre-shampoo treatment, it would be ideal. An overnight treatment will do a lot of good to the scalp. The oils will penetrate the skin and allow the dirt and any product residue to be lifted while allowing fresh blood supply to the hair.
If you don’t have enough time for a pre-treatment, find another day when you can use it overnight.
Step 2 – Cleanse With Shampoo
Rinse the overnight scalp/hair mask off with warm water first. The key point at this stage is to use a sulfate-free, paraben- and phthalate-free shampoo applied straight to the scalp, rather than to the hair. If a shampoo contains a salicylic acid, it’s even better! The acid helps to break up any crusty, flaky build-up, relieving from itching and flaking.
Getting a plastic color applicator bottle to apply the shampoo directly to the scalp will work wonders lifting and washing away all the gunk from the skin. You can get a set of this type of bottles that can be used in your self-care routines on the daily basis HERE.
TIP: Wash your hair once or twice a week. Do remember that over-cleasning, overwashing your hair will make the scalp dry and damaged.
Step 3 – Condition the Scalp
After you’ve washed the scalp and hair with warm water, it’s time for deep hydration and conditioning of the scalp.
Look for the conditioners and hair products that have these ingredients: hyaluronic acid to hydrate the skin, aloe vera or willow bark extract to soothe the skin, wheat or keratin to strengthen the hair follicles.
Leave a conditioning hair care product on for 2-3 minutes. After a deep, penetrating mask, wash it off.
Here are some of my favorite conditioners that will leave the scalp hydrated and hair looking nice and silk, and free of frizz.
One of my favorite hair products to use on the regular basis is GRO Revitalizing Conditioner. It is a true gem! 100% vegan, free of sulfates, parabens, gluten, silicone and artificial anything, this conditioner makes the hair silky and manageable. Made with Karmatin™ (vegan keratin), it deeply nourishes the damaged follicles and adds to the health of your hair over time. You can buy the Vegamour GRO conditioner HERE for the best scalp treatment ever.
Step 4 – Apply A Hair Serum for Scalp Treatment
Like any good spa treatment, finish your scalp facial with a hair serum perfect for your hair. Be it dry hair, oily hair or to prevent hair loss, get a hair care product that further feeds and protects your hair and scalp.
The hair serums can be leave-on or wash-off options. Whatever is your choice, read the ingredient list to ensure it consists of non-toxic ingredients.
Here are some serum examples for different scalp needs.
Calming and soothing hair serums are great for itchy, flaky scalps.
Moisturising hair serums will benefit the scalp skin when it’s overtaken with dryness.
For the women experiencing excessive hair loss, try serums stimulating hair growth.
Homemade Scalp Scrubs
If you are looking for easy and effective hair care recipes, check out homemade scalp scrubs ingredients that work.
Taking advantage of fatty acids in olive oil, coconut oil or jojoba oil, you will protect the hair strands while using the cleansing and detoxing properties of sea salt, lemon, and apple cider vinegar. And adding these ingredients into your scalp facial at home will only boost your hair quality and overall well-being.
Check out the post with a list of oils for dry, itchy and full of dandruff scalp. If you adore natural ingredients, using essential oils in homemade hair masks could be one of the effective tips for better hair, while keeping your scalp in best condition.