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What is a Scalp Facial and How Can You Do One at Home?

Take your self care routine to another level.

The winter months bring a renewed need for dry scalp treatments and solutions. Enter: the scalp facial. This treatment can be done by a professional or at home in the privacy of your own bathroom. If you are ready to give your scalp some of the love you give your skin with your multi-step skincare routine, you have come to the right place. Light a candle, turn on your self-care playlist, and prepare for a rejuvenated scalp.

How to Give Yourself a Scalp Facial

Read on to learn everything you need to know about scalp facials.

What is a scalp facial?

A scalp facial is similar to a facial for the skin on your face, offering a rejuvenating treatment to the skin you are targeting. This treatment will remove built-up dirt, dead skin cells, unwanted oils, and product buildup from your scalp.

Using a mixture of products and tools, the scalp facial uses a variety of techniques to remove unwanted particles from the scalp and stimulate healthy cell production and hair growth, as well. Scalp treatments can also target specific issues such as a dry scalp, an oily scalp, acne, or overall irritation. Professionals will tailor your scalp massage to your particular needs, but you can also create a DIY version that offers plenty of benefits to your scalp and hair.

Professional vs. At-Home Scalp Facials

This leads us to the question: what’s the difference between a professional vs. at-home scalp facial? As with any beauty treatment, a professional will offer a more intensive treatment as they have been trained in the technique and have access to professional products. Also, a professional can diagnose specific scalp challenges you might be dealing with. They will also be able to tailor the treatment to your particular hair type, as any scalp treatment will inevitably affect your hair.

A DIY scalp treatment is ideal for a less-intensive need, a great option for your weekly ‘everything shower’, and a way to cleanse and stimulate your scalp while relaxing.

What are the benefits of a scalp facial?

The benefits of a scalp facial are extensive, including improving comfort, stimulating hair growth, adding shine to your strands, and offering a few moments of relaxation. Who doesn’t need a bit more of that?

By scrubbing your scalp and getting rid of dead skin cells, a product buildup, you get rid of any itchy discomfort and give your scalp the chance to rehydrate. This is especially vital in the winter months.

A healthier scalp leads to healthier hair growth and happier, shinier hair, too! Read on to learn more about how to do a DIY scalp facial and lock in a few moments of calm.

scalp facial scrub
Take your scalp scrubbing routine to another level.

How do you do a scalp facial?

Start by applying a hydrating oil to your scalp and spend some time massaging the treatment into your scalp and hair. You can use your fingers or use a silicone scalp massager like the one pictured above.

Afterward, wash your hair with a clarifying shampoo like Suave Essentials Daily Clarifying Shampoo, followed by a scalp scrub like Nexxus Scalp Inergy Gentle Exfoliating Scalp Scrub. Take time to work both products into your hair and rinse thoroughly before and after the application of each.

Follow that with a deeply moisturizing conditioner like Sheamoisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Moisturizing Conditioner. Leave the conditioner in for a few minutes, then rinse your hair well.

Finally, finish off with a leave-in treatment tailored to your needs. Those with frizzier hair will like Dove Defrizz & Define Frizz Control Leave-In Cream, while those with dry, tangled hair will prefer TRESemmé Pro Pure Detangle and Smooth Leave-In Conditioner.

No matter if you go the professional or DIY route, we can promise you that a healthier scalp is in your future!

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