Often the most overlooked part of our self-care routine, our poor scalp goes through so much with all the products and treatments we regularly subject it to.
Can this be the reason why our hair refuses to resemble the shiny and bouncy hair we regularly see in commercials and on celebrities?
According to experts (and many beauty influencers online), the answer is a resounding YES!
During our daily routine, we tend to use products that can cause buildup on the scalp, like serums, gels, or dry shampoo. Not to forget, the dead skin cells, sweat and dirt that get collected on our heads in between hair wash sessions. This buildup can irritate and inflame the scalp and prevent healthy hair growth.
This is why ‘scalpcials’, or scalp facials, have been gaining popularity over the past few months.
Everything to know about Scalp Facials
What is a scalp facial?
Just like a regular facial, a scalp facial means pampering and treating your scalp to ensure healthier skin. For a scalp facial, you deep cleanse, scrub, and even apply a scalp mask to remove buildup from your head and unclog hair follicles.
A scalp facial will work best if you can identify the issue with your scalp, for instance, you might have a scalp that’s dry and itchy or one that produces excess sebum, and tailor your treatment according to that. While a professional scalp facial is always a good idea, you can also DIY for the same results.
What are the benefits of a scalp facial?
Our scalp goes through a lot without being given priority on the self-care treatment lists. The products that we use can cause harmful buildup on the skin that impedes the growth of healthy hair.
A scalp facial can alleviate issues like itchy and dry scalp which in turn would help in reducing dandruff. It also helps unclog hair follicles and help in the growth of healthy, shiny, and bouncier hair.
How often should you get a scalp facial?
Experts recommend treating yourself to a professional or at-home scalp facial once a month or once every two to three months, depending on your daily hair care routine and your hair type.
How to get a scalp facial at home?
You don’t have to break the bank every month to get a scalp facial. You can get scalp-scare products and do the treatment yourself at home. Here are the steps you need to follow:
A nourishing oil massage or an issue-specific pre-wash treatment is always recommended before washing your hair. It’s also an essential step for a scalp facial.
Take at least five minutes to work the treatment into your hair and scalp by massaging it in gently. You can use your fingers to do the trick or use a scalp massaging tool.
Use your go-to shampoo to wash the treatment out of your hair. If the product residue still remains on your scalp or hair, then go for a double cleanse or use a clarifying shampoo to get rid of it.
After washing your hair properly, use a gentle scalp scrub to detox the skin of your scalp and stimulate the follicles.
Use your regular conditioner on your strands post the scrub. Make sure to only apply the conditioner from the mid-length to the ends of your hair. Avoid getting the conditioner on the scalp.
Depending on your scalp issue, use a leave-in treatment on your washed and conditioned hair to ensure you get the most out of the scalp facial.