Facial for your scalp are officially a thing…
When you think about it, your scalp is the same as your face which we imagine you wash daily and generally take very good care of but the hair on your head? We’re guessing you don’t probably pay quite so much attention to it, given that a mop of hair puts it out of sight and out of mind.
We say this because we recently went along to the Philip Kingsley clinic for a Prescriptive Hair Healing Spa Treatment; an intensive, bespoke treatment that made us think about the skin beneath our hair. Essentially a facial for your scalp, the process helps diagnose, treat and prevent stressed or damaged hair from the inside. So if your hair is dry, over-dyed, dull or limp then you’d benefit.
Don’t worry if you can’t get to London for a treatment though, because you can give yourself some scalp-loving’ at home using the same products used in the clinic. The two key products, Elasticizer, and a choice of scalp masks (see below) are used. In the clinic the treatment involves a steamer and a couple of other bits you probably don’t have at home, but you can do basically the same job and you’ll benefit from a healthier scalp and hair if you regularly use those two products.
Here’s a few tips we learnt that might make you think about your hair and scalp differently, too:
1. Shampooing your hair everyday isn’t bad
In fact, doing just that is good for your scalp because it cleanses it. It’s basically like washing your face, which you’d do every day without thinking. Right?
2. Elasticizer is an all-round hero product
It’s suitable for every hair type and when it’s applied to mid-lengths and ends it adds strength, shine and bounce. It can be applied to wet or dry hair, it can be left overnight and washed out in the morning, or you can put a hat or towel over it for added heat.
3. Masks for your scalp exist
There’s two different types: Exfoliating Scalp Mask, which is good for people who suffer from eczema, an itchy scalp or are maybe prone to a bit of dandruff. It works like a face exfoliator, getting rid of dead skin as well as moisturizing the scalp too, helping to soothe it. Or there’s the Stimulating Scalp Mask, which helps get blood flowing, bringing oxygen and nutrients to the surface and helping to improve the texture and behaviour of the hair. Both can be used at the same time as Elasticizer.
4. Don’t be afraid to mix and layer products
And always apply them through the mid-lengths and ends first, and then if you need to you can apply to the root when you have less product on your hands. Apply a little at a time too, remember you can always add more but you can’t take it away.
5. Dry your hair carefully
Don’t rough dry it, dab it with a towel instead. Don’t have your hairdryer too hot either, but if you really squeeze (don’t wring) your hair dry first that’ will help it dry quicker.