Ever heard of scalp facial? Here’s how to do it

Updated on: 7 April 2022, 11:19 am IST

Our scalp goes through a lot like product buildup, dirt, pollution and dandruff. To eliminate them all, one should opt for a scalp facial.

Shifa Khan
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Scalp facial is an answer to all your hair problems and scalp woes. Image Courtesy: Shutterstock
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If you have not heard of it yet, scalp facial is the most trending treatment nowadays. It is called a ‘facial’ because the scalp goes through a similar process of thorough cleansing, exfoliation, and moisturization. Scalp facials are facials of the scalp, where you get deep cleansing, scrubs, and even scalp masks to reduce oil secretion and unclog those follicles.

Our hair goes through a lot during our routines–we sweat and apply multiple products loaded with chemicals such as gels, dry shampoos and styling creams which create a build up. Sensitive scalps can get inflamed and irritated due to these treatments and prevent healthy hair growth. Scalp facials can help get rid of buildup and propagate a healthy hair system.

In order to know more about the benefits and the process of a scalp facial, Healthshots spoke to Dr Monica Kapoor, a celebrity cosmetologist and director at FLAWLESS Cosmetic Clinics and ILACAD Institute.

“Keeping the scalp clean and healthy plays a very vital role with how voluminous and fuller your hair feels and looks. Use a good cleansing shampoo to help remove all the product build-up, or excess sebum which is natural oil secreted by the scalp. A clean hydrated scalp will take you a long way with your journey of healthy hair. Each one of us should maintain a regular hair care regime, and go for a scalp facial at least once a month, but again it depends upon the condition and health of the scalp,” says Dr Kapoor.

Who should go for a scalp facial?

Someone who washes infrequently, constantly uses dry shampoo, or regularly feels that the scalp is itchy, greasy, or tight, then you should consider getting a scalp facial. Since scalp facials will lift away any scalp debris and moisturize the follicles, it will make the hair look healthier and fuller. Some scalp facials take it a step further by adding LED stimulation to encourage hair growth too.

How to do a scalp facial

1. Pre-treat the scalp

First, start off with an appropriate scalp mask, oil, or scrub aimed at addressing the scalp’s current needs. If the scalp is itchy all the time, you might be dealing with dandruff or congestion. You should find a pre-treatment scrub with either peppermint, tea tree, or citrus-based oils targeted for this concern. If the scalp is very oily, look instead for a product that can help reduce oiliness.

2. Massage the scalp

After you have chosen and applied the pre-treatment product all over the scalp, take some time to really massage it in, about three to five minutes, moving your fingers from the nape of the neck all the way to the head and up to the crown. This massage should soften skin cells, exfoliate, remove debris, and encourage blood flow and hair growth.

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Treat your hair to a nourishing massage routine. Image courtesy: Kama Ayurveda

3. Rinse and apply shampoo

Once you have massaged the scalp, get in the shower and rinse out all the pre-treatment products. Then, follow with a detoxifying or hydrating shampoo based on the scalp’s needs. It will always be better if your shampoo is sulfate-free and also Paraben and phthalate-free. Apply the shampoo directly to the scalp to allow the cleansing agents to do their job and remember to avoid washing the hair more than two to three times per week so as not to strip the natural moisturizing oils found in your scalp.

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Use the shampoo on the roots, but not conditioner! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

4. Apply conditioner

Following the pre-treatment and shampoo, apply some conditioner not only to the ends of the hair, but also on the scalp. The deeply conditioning ingredients from the product are wonderful for the scalp because they help lock in more moisture, keeping the skin hydrated. Leave on the conditioner for two to three minutes.

5. Apply hair serum

Lastly, finish off your scalp facial with a serum or lotion that promotes hair health or addresses any specific scalp concerns that you have, whether it being an irritated scalp, or oily scalp. This treatment will leave you with stronger, shinier and healthier skin.

Shifa Khan Shifa Khan

An aesthete and a skincare junkie, Shifa spends most of her time cooking delish food while wearing a sheet mask. At HealthShots, she creates high-octane content that can leave you all a little intrigued!

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