My poobear the other day, planned a spa day! It was so fun! We played hooky at our respective jobs (hooky as in I told everyone I was gonna be out of the office a week before) and went to a beautiful hotel near us, the JW Marriott where we had breakfast, massages, the whole spa experience & just enjoyed ourselves. It was really very special.
I don’t know about you, but I SUCK at massages. I’m REALLY REALLY tense (as we all know!) and every single stressor goes straight into my neck, back and jaw. So when I know a massage is coming I actually kind of dread it because I end up being sore as shit for a week and then all my stiffness is back, LOL but I took one for the team (and truly, it really was nice to hang out with poobear). As we’re both lying in the room with our badass Masseuse’s (a female massage therapist), after I had let out a NUMBER of grunts during the beginnings of my massage (one of which causes laughter in the whole room), I noticed that she began to really massage the living hell out of my scalp. Like the whole head! Before, I would get maybe a little massaging around the neck line & a few swipes here and there, but never a full on scalp massage. This intrigued me. And I didn’t hate it! Of course my hair was completely jacked, but at that point I didn’t care walking around the bathroom in my robe & Elemis mask 😉 I couldn’t get any worse!
So after we got home and I consumed a shit ton of water, I began to think about a scalp FACIAL and how that would work. Cause of course we gotta think about the skincare routine. So the Masseuse’s intentions were to massage my head and release tension, but shouldn’t you be able to do a facial on your scalp like you would your face? Help the skin!? I don’t see why not!
What’s a Scalp Facial?
A scalp facial is the idea of exfoliating, cleansing & regimen for your head! A healthy scalp environment makes for a stronger bulb to the hair cuticle. Properly nourished, cleansed and exfoliated means healthier and stronger hair. Just look at this before & after photo!
This was provided by the Klog and these photos were taken before & after the participant received a scalp facial! I mean, just look how healthy it looks!
How To Do It At Home?
At-home stuff is a great option to save money and also learn how to do it on a more regular basis so you can really get a beautiful scalp!
Step 1 – Exfoliate
Just like your face, your scalp can get clogged with dead skin and a build up of products. Plus, when you exfoliate, your scalp is able to better absorb the nutrients.
I’ve used Kevin Murphy before and really love it! Their Maxi Wash ‘removes the build-up of unwanted products and chemicals from the hair’.
Step 2 – Cleanse
This one is easy! Use your favorite hydrating shampoo to remove any residue and buildup, working a lather from scalp to ends.
We like Moroccan Oil brand & recommend their Moisture Repair Shampoo.
#CheekyConfidential You can also consider adding in a good hot towel soak before you apply your shampoo. Wrap your wet hair in a hot, wet towel and leave on for 30 minutes. Consider adding in a hot oil to make it even more worth your while! Like Josie Maran’s Argan Hot Oil Self-Heating Hair Treatment Then take it off and you’re ready for your shampoo cleanse.
Step 3 – Treat
If you tend to lean on the dry side when it comes to your scalp, skin and hair, we recommend utilizing a hydrating mask (it’s even good for silky hair too!) or something that can ‘treat’ your scalp and hair!
We used Olaplex Hair Perfector No. 3 when we had blonde hair and it was a lifesaver!
If your scalp feels sensitive or irritated, consider a product that boosts microcirculation and uses ingredients that help with inflammation.
We’ve always really loved Oribe products and we prefer the Serene Scalp Soothing Leave-On Treatment.
And that’s it! You’re all set! If your scalp really needs some help, we recommend doing this a couple times a week. If you’re using a scalp facial as an up-keeping tool, then do it once every couple weeks or when you feel your scalp needing one! I can ABSOLUTELY tell that I need a scalp facial. I have little Eczema spots on the nape area of my neck, right before the hair line ends and a couple little bumps on the sides of my scalp.
Images supplied by their respective brands.