Why is it that we spend so much of our time giving love to our faces, but we often don’t do the same for our scalp and hair? If you have the time to do a DIY facial – cleansing, steaming, exfoliating, toning, masking, and layering on serums – then you should definitely do the same for your hair on a regular basis. And we’re not just talking about a wash day routine or using a deep conditioner post-shampoo, we’re talking about a full facial for your tresses. That means starting with a mask or oil to suit your scalp needs, giving your scalp a gentle massage, a detoxifying shampoo, a deep conditioner, and following it up with a post-wash routine to give you luxe AF hair.
Aim to do a scalp facial every month to make your hair shinier, softer, and smoother than ever before. Ready for commercial-worthy locks? Scroll on for the step-by-step guide to doing a scalp facial at home!
The basics of scalp care is neglected by the best of us. Pre-wash oiling and masking are essential to maintain a healthy scalp. It’s best to understand your scalp needs before picking up a product to treat it. If you have an itchy scalp, you may be suffering from dandruff. In that case, try a tea tree or coconut-based scrub or oil to exfoliate your scalp. On the other hand, if you have an oily scalp, look for salicylic acid, neem, or glycolic acid in your formulas.
Post applying the product, massage the scalp softly with your fingers for proper absorption of the formula for three to five minutes. This process helps with increasing blood flow, removing product buildup and debris while also exfoliating and ultimately promoting hair growth. Plus, it also helps in releasing stress and tension from your body for a soothing experience. Rinse the product post culmination of massage and proceed to the next step.
The shampoo and conditioner duo is one with multi-faceted benefits. For hydrating and detoxing, pick a shampoo based on your scalp type and opt for a paraben-free, sulfate-free, and phthalate-free beauty bottle when you can. It’s best to restrict shampooing to two-three times a week or it strips off the scalp from its natural oils. After shampoo, condition your tresses with a nourishing paste to lock in the moisture and leave it on for 2 to 3 minutes while resting in the shower. Don’t forget, conditioner is not meant to touch your scalp so just apply it on the lengths of your locks.
Hair serums are just as miraculous as the skin ones. Why? They boost shine and smoothness, reduce tangles, control frizz, and also shield the hair from damage. They are extremely lightweight yet full of benefits that promote healthy hair.
While more and more people are advocating the importance of wearing sunscreen for skin, did you know it’s also a necessity for your scalp? Yes, the scalp is susceptible to UVA and UVB damage too as it behaves like any other part of the body. And since we can’t use the same body and face sunscreen on our scalp due to their messy application, hair sunscreens are available to take the lead.
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