We all know the benefits of facials for our face, but our scalp is often neglected! A facial helps to invigorate the skin, almost like exercise, while exfoliating and promoting collagen. The scalp needs even more attention, especially for those with dermatitis, hair loss, scalp conditions, or even dry scalp during the winter months. Many spas are now offering scalp facials, something we have been doing for our clientele for years. It is extremely important for us to offer deep cleansing, and blood-circulating massage for those with hair loss, or who are wearing a hairpiece. We often treat the scalp in between hair topper applications. This involves cholesterol cream deep scalp massage to remove dead skin, hair oils infused with a steam unit, and deep cleaning. A healthy scalp leads to healthy hair, it is just that simple. I find that people experiencing hair loss tend to avoid brushing or massaging their scalp for fear they will lose more hair, this could not be falser. If you are losing hair, you will continue to do so. In fact, a deep cleansing, and massage will only help to circulate blood to hair follicles, which can lead to more growth and awakening dormant hair follicles. Many hair loss issues are due to underproducing hair follicles, and as long as your hair follicles are alive (producing hair) they can be awakened.
Not everyone can afford a scalp spa treatment, but there are some easy steps to follow if you would like to do this at home, or have a friend assist you! I do not advise using scalp massagers since they can be too rough on fragile hair follicles, your hands are your best tool.
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Step 1 (For dry scalp and dandruff)
On dry hair, apply the "Old Faithful" Cholesterol cream by Queen Helene. It is the ultimate moisturizer.
1) Apply in subsections from the top of the head, crown, and nape of the neck.
2) Separate an inch of hair, and gently massage the cream in a circular motion.
3) The fatty acids of the cream will infuse into your scalp, and you can even sleep with it if your scalp is extremely dry.
4) Leave on the scalp for up to 30 minutes, apply a cap, and heat from a blow-dryer, then rinse thoroughly. Your hair may initially feel over-conditioned, but this will wash away with consecutive washes.
5) This treatment works very well on natural hair, or for those with dry scalps
Step 2 (Next Level) (Either Skip Step 1 or Do After the Above Routine)
1) Wash your hair, and then add your favorite essential oils, these days you can make your own scalp treatment, or purchase online or at Whole Foods. To help with hair growth, a mix of rosemary oil and a carrier oil may be exactly what the doctor ordered.
Some of my favorite pre-blended essential oil
**Since essential oils have medicinal values always test on the inside of your wrist before applying to the scalp. Consult with your treating physician if you are using it in conjunction with prescription hair loss medications, etc.
a) Dandruff & Dry Scalp, The Ordinary Serum is best for fine hair, it infuses hyaluronic acid, and hydration and is lightweight.
b) Curly hair, natural hair, and dry scalp that needs hydration. My go-to is Carol's Daughter Goddess Strength. It contains castor oil, jojoba oil, and is silicone-free. A fan favorite!
c) Itchy painful scalp, with psoriasis. Far and above, I recommend "Nature's Nuances!" It comes in a roll which makes it easy to apply. It is filled with ingredients that soothe the scalp such as organic tea tree, argan, cedarwood, and rosemary oil.
d) Hair Loss: Hair Loss Alopecia Essential Oil Roll On, found on Esty is created by a nurse who specializes in hair loss. This oil has the proper mix of lavender oil, rosemary oil, ancient herbs, and carrier oils.
2) Massage the essential oils in subsections.
3) Steam the oils into your hair. This can be done at home with an affordable handheld steamer purchased at Walmart or Amazon. It is more relaxing to have this done by someone else, but you can create the same ambiance by dimming your lights and lighting your favorite candle.
4) Steam the rich oils into your scalp for up to 30 minutes. The oils will also move down the hair shaft, making your hair super shiny.
5) Wash with a gentle sulfate-free shampoo and avoid conditioning. Gently blow dry your hair, and avoid heating implements for a few days which will allow your hair to restore.
A little effort on your part will go a long way in helping with your scalp health. I have clients who take their issues a step further by using PRP (platelet-rich plasma, exosomes, and wearing scalp prostheses, i.e., hair systems).
We would love to hear if you have worked with any essential oils, have performed your own scalp treatments, and recommend products and processes that work for you. Please use the comment section below for details!
Hair Loss background
With Alopecia Areata, fungal infections, other autoimmune diseases, thinning hair by Trichotillomania which removes hair follicles by physical means. At Noelle Salon, we cover the various approaches to hair solutions to treat hair loss, female pattern baldness, balding spots, and other conditions to which you lose hair. At Noelle Salon, we focus on hair growth techniques. Hair systems and hair extension maintenance is part of the journey while wearing them. For Trichotillomania, as our hair grows they both will loosen, and service is required. The difference between a hair system and hair extensions for Trichotillomania clients varies based on the location of hair loss.