Scalp facial – The Overlooked Part of Hair Care

Have you heard about Scalp Facials?

Many of us have had the experience of having dandruff, flakes, and an itchy scalp. With all the hair products available these days, it can’t be helped but focus on hair.

Scalp Care – The Overlooked Part Of Hair Care

So much is said about hair, but many often forget one crucial detail.

Everything starts with the scalp.

Read why scalp facial care is important!

Why is the scalp important?

The scalp (1) is the part of the head that protects the skull. While it does serve an essential part in our day-to-day lives, the scalp also plays a role in hair care.

The scalp is made of up several layers. The outermost layer, though, is the most vital for hair care.

This is because it is in the outermost layer where you can find the hair follicles attached.

The outermost layer of the scalp is responsible too for producing sebum or oil, which keeps our hair from getting dry and unhealthy.

Flaking

However, when the scalp is ignored (2), it can lead to a number of conditions, such as dandruff or flaking.

Poor scalp maintenance can also lead to hair loss (3), which is unpleasant.

Scalp facials can help in keeping your scalp healthy

Scalp Facial

Recently, many have recommended scalp facials to be of one’s hair care routine.

Scalp facials make use of ingredients that can help exfoliate dead skin cells from your scalp to clear the way for newer cells.

Scalp massages are also part of these scalp facials since scalp massages have been found to encourage hair growth, resulting in thicker hair.

According to a study (4) published in 2016 in the Online Access Journal of Plastic Surgery.

Can I do scalp facials myself?

The best thing about scalp facials is that they aren’t complicated at all.

  • Start by treating your scalp with whatever condition it has that needs to be addressed. If you are suffering from dandruff or an itchy scalp, masks or hair products with essential oils (5) that are herbal in origin such as tea tree oil, lime oil, rosemary oil will work best for this condition.
  • Massage your scalp starting from the nape and work your way up to the top of the crown. This should encourage blood flow. The stretching motion (6) too encourages the cells to induce biochemical pathways that will encourage hair growth.
  • Rinse your hair and follow it up with shampoo and conditioner as you would normally do.Studies (7) suggest the use of hair products with antioxidants such as piroctone olamine and zinc pyrithionein order to encourage hair growth since oxidative stress can contribute to premature hair loss too.
  • Apply a hair serum on your damp hair to help further maintain healthy hair.

Check out this video (8) for more information on scalp care.

In Conclusion

Scalp care is one aspect of hair care and hair health that should not be ignored.

If we cherish our hair, we should remember that most of it comes from caring for our scalp too!

Resources

1 -https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK551565/#article-28729.s9

2-https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19467978/

3 -https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/ics.12734

4 – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4740347/

5 – https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34254910/

6 – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4740347/

7-https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ics.12734