Raise your hands if you are obsessed with dry shampoo and overuse it regularly? I’m here on this one with you too! Or, should I say, I was… Until I developed scalp build-up and dandruff and had to learn how to do scalp detox. I created a scalp facial routine and stuck with it. Yes, you have heard me right: a facial but for your scalp. Let me explain.
Ever since I had an accident with dandruff (and successfully treated it thanks to the tactics explained below), I dedicate a few days per month to give my scalp a good exfoliation, indulge it with a scalp treatment, and replenish the ends with hair oil.
Let’s dive into my scalp facial routine so I can explain in detail exactly which products I use for my scalp facial routine. But before we do it, check out those before and after shots. It’s been a few weeks since I started testing this new routine, and I’m so happy about the results!
Scalp Detox: Exfoliation Is the Key
The first step in my scalp treatment routine is exfoliation. At this point, we all know about the importance of exfoliating your skin — if you are on top of this skincare routine, you exfoliate at least twice a week. But have you heard about the importance of exfoliating your scalp?
Scalp scrub is an exfoliator but for your scalp, but it also works as a shampoo. You massage it thoroughly into your roots on wet hair. As you gently massage and use the formula into the scalp, it will start to foam up just like a shampoo.
Leave it on for a few minutes and wash off to reveal the squeaky-clean scalp and hair. The product leaves a pleasant refreshing feeling and cleans the dry shampoo debris like nothing else. On days when I exfoliate, I move right along to Step 3 because this product doubles as a shampoo.
This scalp scrub is spectacular not only as a part of your scalp facial but also on a weekly (not daily) basis as a deep-cleansing experience. The treatment helps to get rid of all the scalp build up so your hair can “breathe freely.”
I’ve been raving about Christophe Robin Sea Salt Scrub on my blog for so many times as it’s absolutely amazing. Massage the product into your roots. In contact with water, it starts developing a foam. Leave it on for a few minutes, and wash off to reveal the squeaky-clean scalp and hair.
Which Shampoo to Pick for Your Scalp Facial
Perhaps, the most crucial step in any hair care routine is to use the right shampoo to clean your scalp and hair. Think about all the products you use to style daily – and how much dry shampoo you apply to camouflage your second-third-fourth-day hair.
It could be tempting just to keep running on dry shampoo for days while trying to extend your blow-out, but such an approach might not be as beneficial for your scalp as you might think.
Learn from my mistakes. If you have oily and color-treated hair like mine, experimenting with washing your hair less often could be hurtful to the appearance and health of your hair. Let’s bring the analogy with your face.
Do you wash it twice a day to keep your pores breathing and thus preventing breakouts? Guess what, your scalp needs to breathe too, and by overpowering it with the dry shampoo, you are suffocating your scalp and hair.
Ever since my incident with dandruff, my rule of thumb is to wash my hair with the right shampoo every other day. Some people might find it excessive (especially for color-treated hair), but I believe it all depends on your hair type.
Mine is oily, so I use the shampoo that features some of the ingredients that are treating my scalp and also taking care of my dandruff situation at the same time.
When it comes to the shampoo, for people with dandruff, it’s helpful to find the one containing salicylic acid.
I mentioned that ingredient previously when it comes to my acne situation. But this beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) is not only great for attacking pimples. It’s also an effective ingredient for treating sebum and dandruff buildup while promoting the health of your scalp.
The same goes for Pyrithione zinc, another common ingredient in dandruff-fighting shampoos. It’s known for treating all sorts of skin conditions actually, but when it comes to hair, we are mainly talking about antibacterial and antifungal properties. You know, just to eliminate all the possible reasons why you have dandruff in the first place.
Best Hair Treatments To Try
After exfoliating my scalp, it’s time for a hair mask. If you remember my last year’s 365 Masks Challenge, you know that hair masks are my absolute favorite. And there are more reasons for it than you might think of.
First of all, my hair is color-treated, which means it already needs more nourishment and love than natural hair. Then, I’m also a lover of heat-styling tools like curling and straightening irons. Finally, I’m not that good with covering my hair from the sun, which also damages my hair.
While I could probably be more proactive when it comes to the last two points, for some reason, I find it more pleasurable to just over-indulge my hair with masks instead.
You can use the mask the same way you are applying a hair conditioner. Brush the product through your hair with a brush to evenly distribute it. Leave it on for about 10 minutes and rinse it thoroughly after.
Another favorite of mine is PHYTO Color Protecting Mask. It’s a newly launched product but I already can’t imagine my life without it. The hero ingredient of the mask is Karanja Oil which is known for its regenerating qualities. So while the entire formula is perfect for restoring your hair color vibrancy, it’s also ideal for dandruff-prevention purposes.
How to Repair Split Ends
Finally, with all the scalp treatments mentioned in this post, let’s not forget about the split ends that are so common if you are into styling your hair.
You all know about the trick that I’m using for deep-treating my hair during workouts, and I just wanted to include it here again as you could use the same hair oil for your scalp facial routine.
Every time I’m going to a fitness class and know that I’ll be washing my hair right after it, I massage a few drops of hair oil in my ends and put it in a tight bun.
With my body temperature going up during a workout, all the nutrients in the hair oil absorb better in my hair, so by the time I finish my fitness class, I had severe hair treatment done!
I’ve been using MoroccanOil Argan Oil Treatment for years, and I can’t recommend this luxurious hair oil enough. It features the most beautiful texture and it really helps with split ends.
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With my scalp facial routine that I love indulging in a few times per month. Not only my scalp build up cleaned up, and my hair feels so much healthier. But the overall appearance of my hair is also getting better and better. In other words, I’m really into that whole at-home scalp treatment thing that just starts trending in the beauty community.
I wonder if you tried scalp detox before? If so, which products are you using for your scalp and hair? Let’s discuss in the comments!