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Scalp Detox Treatment at Home

  • 6.4.23
  • beauty

When it comes to pampering and getting pretty, we think about so many things. Skincare, haircare, makeup… skincare for the body… but what about your scalp? I have personally victimized my scalp in oh so many ways. Piling on the dry shampoo. Overloading it with product. Spending days at the beach and at the pool. Abusing it with ultra-drying clarifying shampoos. Ignoring it. Hair care is so important, especially your scalp. I am trying to take better care of my scalp and hair.

The health of your scalp is so, so important. Poor scalp health can actually lead to hair loss – keeping it clean and able to breathe is extremely important. And while washing your hair helps, hair cleansing isn’t enough — your scalp needs a deep cleanse every now and again, too. Deep cleansing your scalp regularly will help to encourage healthy hair growth and natural oils, exfoliate dead skin cells, and remove all that yucky dry shampoo and product buildup. Who doesn’t love a hair detox!

(PS – this apple cider vinegar hair rinse is magical!)

Back in 2016 I had the chance to visit Younghee Salon (in Tribeca) to give their Hair + Scalp Balance Treatment a whirl. The salon markets it as a facial for your scalp, which sounded like the greatest idea ever. I was excited to try it as I had never really done anything like that for my scalp, and after a summer of blowouts (so much dry shampoo), weekends at the beach, and plain old product overload (my hair is thick so I use a heavy hand with styling creams, serums, and sprays) it just felt necessary.

It was such an awesome, over-the-top treatment. Far and away the best scalp cleanse and massage I’ve ever had. The stylist began by massaging René Furterer’s Karite Oil throughout my scalp. I was then treated to a (heavenly) seven (yes, seven) minute scalp massage. From there, they washed my hair twice (first with a clarifying shampoo and then with a regular shampoo) and did a vinegar rinse prior to conditioning and blowing out my hair. The idea is that the oil helps to lift dirt, debris, and buildup from the scalp, allowing the shampoo to get hair really, really clean. It’s kinda like a good old fashioned double cleanse… except for your hair. Afterward, my scalp felt amazing… and my hair has never been shinier!

If you are in New York I would highly recommend paying Younghee a visit (I need to go back!) but if not, here are a few DIY ways to get your scalp ultra clean – including some tips + tricks from Younghee herself!

Younghee’s at home Method

You can (sort of) recreate her spa treatment at home. Massage a generous amount of oil (Younghee likes this one) all over and into your scalp. Leave it on for two hours (!!!) and shampoo using a clarifying shampoo. From there, shampoo again and do a vinegar rinse with apple cider vinegar (mix 2-4 tbsp vinegar with 16 oz. warm water in a plastic squeeze bottle). For extra credit you could add a few drops of tea tree oil to the ACV mixture. Be sure to use the rinse all over the hair, from scalp to ends. Besides the clarifying benefits for your scalp, a vinegar rinse also helps make your hair look extra shiny. Leave the vinegar mixture on for a few minutes, and then rinse with cold water. Follow up with a conditioning mask for the ends, and style appropriately.

The budget/on the fly method:

A long, long time ago a hair stylist noticed all the dry shampoo that had been accumulating on my head and suggested mixing in a teaspoon of plain old baking soda with my regular shampoo and massaging it in to my scalp. The baking soda helps to exfoliate and clarify, and my hair felt super silky and soft afterward. The best part? Everybody has baking soda… and if you don’t, it’s dirt cheap! Condition the ends, and style appropriately.

The luxe method

A few years ago I tried Christophe Robin’s Cleansing Purifying Salt Scrub a try and LOVE IT. It’s a great way to deeply cleanse and remove oil buildup. It’s also very soothing if you have sensitive skin or a flaky scalp. I loved how tingly it was. Christophe’s background is as a hair colorist and he actually created the scrub to be a post-coloring treatment as your scalp can get so itchy afterward, but quickly realized that it could be used for so much more than that (especially for all of us dry shampoo addicts!

Besides exfoliating, the sea salt also purifies and rebalances excess oils while hydrating the scalp – making it ideal for everyone!

More recently I gave Briogeo’s Scalp Revival a try (you can read the full review here!) and like it even more… probably because of the smell (it literally smells exactly like a Girl Scout thin mint cookie!), its amazing soothing properties, and the smaller granules which are easier to rinse out!

Last but not least, Kerastase also has some incredible scalp treatments. Start with their pre-shampoo treatment and then use the scalp scrub. Heaven!

What does a scalp treatment do?

Scalp treatments do so much for the health of your scalp and your strands! They’re the best way to give your scalp a much needed reset from any product buildup. They unclog hair follicles, relieve dry scalp and flakiness, release the natural oils that your scalp produces, and so much more! Plus, they’re great for at-home massages to help stimulate blood flow in the head and neck areas. I recommend following up any scalp treatment with a hair mask (coconut oil masks have worked wonders for me!) to nourish those roots!

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OXO Organic is gentle and safe. It is the only smoothing treatment that is shampooed out of the hair before it is straightened with an iron, eliminating vapors and polluting chemicals during the heating process.

‏After treatment you can color or even highlight your hair immediately after treatment! There is no need to switch to any special hair products, just keep using your own. All of this is possible with OXO organic because the hair remains strong, since the sulfur bonds have not been broken in the process but rather underwent a permanent change, for a permanent smooth, straight and shiny hair.

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Deep cleansing of hair and scalp

Quality cleansing is the basis of hair and scalp care, regardless of the natural type. CLEAR experts will talk in detail about the benefits of deep cleansing of the scalp and hair, the basic rules of such a procedure.

Features of deep hair cleansing

Dead skin cells of the epidermis, natural oils, dust and residues of styling products accumulate daily on the scalp. They can clog pores, cause dandruff and hair breakage, slow hair growth, impair skin respiration and nutrient absorption. Strands along the length also need to be thoroughly cleaned: without special care, they can quickly lose volume, become dull and weakened, and it is difficult to keep the styling shape and pigment after dyeing.

Deep cleansing technique similar to regular shampooing:

  • Wet your hair and scalp first.

  • Apply a portion of the special shampoo and lather gently. Start massaging the root zone, gradually moving from the back of the head to the forehead.

  • Rinse the strands with running water and repeat the procedure again.

Due to deep cleansing, you can remove all accumulated impurities, improve microcirculation, and normalize the oiliness of the scalp. Thanks to this procedure, the hair looks more shiny, voluminous and well-groomed, their natural growth is accelerated. An additional plus: if you carry out such a wash before staining, the pigment from the paint can be better fixed.

However, don’t wash your hair with Deep Cleansing Shampoo too often – this will lead to dryness, tightness, itching or dandruff. Optimal frequency:

  • if the scalp is prone to oiliness and dandruff, it is necessary to carry out a deep cleansing about 1 time in 2 weeks;

  • with a normal type or a tendency to dryness – 1 time per month.

Benefits of the procedure

In addition to traditional shampoos and conditioners, it is important to use special products for deep cleansing. Useful properties:

  1. Regular washing is often not enough for the scalp and strands along the length – for example, some types of silicones accumulate on the hairs, causing brittleness and loss of volume. Quality products can easily solve such a problem at home.

  2. After a special wash, the beneficial components in the composition of masks and balms penetrate the skin and hair better, deeply moisturize, nourish and restore them.

  3. Deep cleansing ideally prepares hair for various procedures (coloring, toning, lamination, keratin straightening, Botox). A special shampoo completely removes natural sebum and the smallest impurities, opens scales on the surface of the hair.

  4. The procedure can prolong the feeling of cleanliness and freshness after washing, and normalize the functioning of the sebaceous glands.

  5. With regular cleansing, curls look shinier and smoother, easier to style and hold root volume.

Shampoos for deep cleansing of hair and scalp

A special shampoo should easily remove all kinds of dirt, residues of styling products, natural sebum. Such a tool opens the scales of the hair, making them more receptive to home and salon care. With regular use, it helps to restore the natural strength of the hair and the volume at the roots, making them stronger, denser and shinier without weighing them down.

After the procedure, it is important to apply a caring balm or mask. Thorough cleansing will enhance the effect of such products, as a result, the hair will look more shiny, smooth and well-groomed.

CLEAR Conditioning Balm Intense hydration with hyaluronic acid fills hair with essential moisture without weighing it down. The formula of the product contains a triple complex of protection against dandruff, successfully prevents its reappearance with regular use, restores the protective capabilities of the skin. Balm-conditioner gives natural smoothness and shine, significantly facilitates combing.

Deep cleanser is an important part of your skincare routine, but don’t use it too often. For regular washing, mild shampoos with moisturizing ingredients in the composition are best suited. They gently cleanse, do not overdry the scalp and strands along the length, give comprehensive care.

CLEAR Shampoo Intense hydration with natural hyaluronic acid is ideal for gentle cleansing and prevention of dryness. The tool gives a feeling of cleanliness and freshness after each wash, cares for the hair and actively prevents the appearance of dandruff.

Hair care is hard to imagine without deep cleansing. During this procedure, various impurities, residues of styling products, natural sebum are removed. It helps to improve the condition of the scalp, restore natural volume and strength to the hair, enhance the effect of various care products. This procedure can be carried out at home or in the salon: deep cleansing ideally prepares strands for coloring, toning, keratin straightening or lamination.

Therapeutic Peeling For Scalp

The main task of peeling is to deeply cleanse the scalp from keratinized scales, excess sebum – sebum and cosmetic residues that tend to accumulate on the hair and skin surface. Exfoliation of the upper layer of the skin – the epidermis – is very useful for improving her condition. Therefore, peeling is actively used for the prevention and treatment of various problems associated with the scalp. Peeling is especially effective for dandruff, which appears due to seborrhea, with increased fat content and hair loss. With regular deep cleansing, the regeneration of the scalp is accelerated. Exfoliation activates cellular metabolism, stimulates skin tone, promotes its healing. Improves nutrition and blood supply to hair follicles. Oxygen and various beneficial substances are more easily delivered to the hair roots. Thanks to this, hair grows better and becomes stronger and healthier. After peeling, cosmetic and therapeutic hair products act many times more actively and efficiently. That is why this popular procedure is often used to prepare the skin for more specialized treatments in salons and trichology clinics that deal with hair treatment and restoration. other discomfort.

Salon scalp peeling

Today many beauty salons and hairdressers offer the peeling procedure. As a rule, professional and medical cosmetics are used, which contain more active and effective components than home care products. Most often, hair peeling in a salon is part of a comprehensive care. The peeling procedure is as follows: an exfoliating agent is applied to clean, wet or dry hair. After that, the master massages the scalp for a certain time. Then the remnants of the product, together with dead skin particles, are washed off, and a mask, serum or lotion is applied to the hair – nourishing, moisturizing, restoring – which will solve the problems of your hair.

Home hair peeling

Home scalp peeling is similar to a salon treatment. At home, less active peeling products are usually used. You can find them in ordinary cosmetic stores, but in specialized stores for hairdressers and online cosmetics stores, the choice is still better. A good option is to buy cosmetics for home peeling in the salon, especially if the master will help you choose it. An excellent option for fans of natural remedies is peeling the scalp with salt. For cosmetic purposes, it is worth taking finely ground salt, preferably sea salt. Depending on the length of your hair, you will need two to five tablespoons of salt. In a small container, fill them with the same amount of warm water. Apply the resulting salt gruel on your head and gently rub into the skin. It is good if the fingertips move along the massage lines. Salt peeling usually takes about 10 minutes. After the massage, you can wait another 5-10 minutes, and then wash off the salt, wash your hair with shampoo and rinse your hair thoroughly with warm water. It is enough to do this procedure for hair once a week. Some hair health experts recommend doing salt peeling in courses – for 4-8 weeks, and then taking a break for several months. This is necessary in order not to overdry the skin. According to those who regularly exfoliate the scalp with salt, the hair after it becomes smooth, shiny and silky to the touch. Also, many note a feeling of freshness and lightness. An important nuance is that you should not do salt, and any peeling at home, if there are microcracks, scratches and wounds on the scalp, if it is very dry or too sensitive.

Scalp peeling products

Special products designed for deep cleansing and exfoliation of the scalp are now in the arsenal of many brands that produce hair cosmetics. Among them are Wella, Schwarzkopf Professional, Paul Mitchell, Kerastase, Dikson, Utena and other brands. Means intended for peeling the scalp may have a different consistency. These are intensively cleansing shampoos, and peeling creams, and hair scrubs, and masks with an exfoliating effect, and fluids for deep skin cleansing. Most often, however, there are products that have a creamy texture. Peeling of the scalp can be mechanical and chemical. The first way – cleansing of impurities and exfoliation of coarsened skin particles occurs with the help of microgranules. They effectively remove all unnecessary, and at the same time are so small that they do not injure the skin. For chemical peeling, products are used that contain very active substances that remove dead skin cells of the epidermis. Many hair products combine mechanical and chemical effects.