From the right products to a deep head massage, an expert explains how you can take care of your scalp at home and even achieve fuller hair.
Our body stores stress in different places. As I started to intensify my hair care routine with a scalp scrub during the course of the lockdown, I began to understand how much pent-up tension I store in my scalp - it was the introduction of this weekly detoxifying scalp massage that ultimately helped me to realize this get.
"Creating space, coming down and just touching your head creates an awareness of the amount of tension that is stored in the muscles of the scalp and head, and triggers endorphins that are good to the touch and good for our bodies "explains New York trichologist Bridgette Hill, also known as" The Scalp Therapist ", who encouraged me to do" scalp facials "at home at the beginning of the quarantine. Not only did it feel cathartic, but it also made me much more aware of the general overloading of my scalp (dry spots, build-up of natural oils, and styling products) that I had overlooked and that I needed to address in a more conscious, attentive and frankly loving way.
Building on that, I introduced a number of new, bespoke rituals and treatments, and that's how my personal weekly scalp care was born. After a few months of sticking to this, I've found that my scalp is much happier (i.e., less dandruff and less sensitive), while my hair looked fuller and more voluminous, especially at the roots. From raising your scalp awareness to a deep scalp massage, this is where Hill walks you through the process of scalp care.
As Hill sees it, your scalp is the root link between inner health and outer beauty. "It's the organ that supports the hair fiber through the hair follicles that are on the scalp," she explains. "The quality of these hair follicles depends on the quality of the tissue, cells, and blood that supply the follicle that makes our hair fiber." Certain factors such as vitamin deficiencies, health conditions, drug side effects, or high cortisol levels due to stress can negatively affect hair follicles, which can affect scalp health and lead to problems such as hair loss, thinning, and a problematic scalp. What exactly do you have to pay attention to? "The most common signs of an unhealthy scalp are generalized buildup and congestion, which are often overlooked and untreated," explains Hill, noting that this is most commonly caused by not washing your hair thoroughly and slowing cell turnover.
"I see scalp care as the refinement of hair care," explains Hill. "Depending on the condition and health of the scalp, a cure - whether weekly, bi-weekly or monthly - should be followed." With that in mind, you should follow the basic cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturizing steps for your scalp based on your individual needs. Your scalp itself tells you what these are in the form of dandruff, oily scalp, hair loss, or hair breakage. "By recognizing the natural, authentic state of our scalp health, we can link the factors and actively adjust our decisions [to improve them]," says Hill. An important first step? Lend a hand yourself and incorporate targeted treatments into the care.
According to Hill, using a scalp oil before shampooing and getting a deep tissue massage is the first - and most important - step in scalp health. When choosing a scalp tonic, opt for a gentle exfoliator, such as the Virtue Exfoliating Scalp Treatment or the NatureLab Tokyo Perfect Shine Clarifying Scalp Scrub, or an oil that is fortified with ingredients that are known to tighten the scalp stimulate, promote cell turnover and reduce inflammation. Aceite de Moska from clean haircare brand Ceremonia contains Brazilian pataua oil, soothing aloe vera, and castor oil, which nourishes the hair follicles, while the tingling blend of cleansing binchotan charcoal, soothing peppermint, and antifungal tea tree oil from Briogeo remove impurities.
To begin your scalp deepening massage, Hill recommends starting at the nape of the neck and working up your head with both hands, kneading vigorously from ear to ear for a few minutes to lift out oil and debris. "The massage helps relax the scalp and make it more supple," explains Hill. "We know that stress tightens the scalp and hampers blood circulation and hair growth, so weekly scalp massages are great for our overall health and wellbeing." After you've worked the treatment into your scalp, leave it on for at least 15 minutes to allow it to penetrate the scalp, hair follicles, and hairline.
When it comes time to clean your hair, be sure to do it thoroughly and with a proper, gentle cleansing shampoo. If you want to fight dandruff, consider using a dandruff shampoo like Jupiter's Balancing Shampoo or Oribe's Serene Scalp Shampoo once a week or monthly depending on how often you wash your hair. Hill also recommends that its customers invest in a special bottle with a tapered applicator tip for better control during application. Another tool that can be helpful both before shampooing and for more thorough cleansing in the shower is a scalp brush with flexible bristles, such as the Briogeo Scalp Revival Stimulating Therapy Massager. "Start brushing at the nape of the neck on either side of the head and brush forward toward the heart," says Hill. "Repeat this action, working around the entire head." Just be careful not to overdo it - overstimulating your scalp can cause irritation or even damage if you do too much at once.
To keep your scalp smooth and supple, you need to give it back the moisture that has been lost through the cleansing process. Look for a tonic that will keep the scalp moisturized while also taking into account your specific scalp problems such as dryness or hair growth. A serum like the cold-pressed Stem Cell Serum from Act + Acre has a cooling effect as collagen-promoting apple stem cells, protective bamboo leaf extract and soothing aloe vera work together to rejuvenate the scalp. For a refreshment in between, the dr ° k Daily Spray - a light mixture of tea tree oil, shea butter, and aloe leaf juice - can be sprayed onto the scalp and hair to nourish the hair roots, keep the hair follicles free and combat itchy scalp. Like the skin of your face, your scalp needs to stay hydrated and healthy to maintain your momentum.