When was the last time you gave your scalp a facial? Yes… you read right. I said when was the last time you gave your scalp a facial? Because, like our face, the scalp is also ‘skin’. And it needs just as much love and care. The reason? Dermatologists and haircare specialists say that a good scalp treatment is key to healthy, glossy, sleek strands. And it makes sense: like all other skin on our body, the scalp also needs to breathe. It needs oxygen, moisture and nutrients. And since our hair is rooted in the scalp, it is kind of important!
It seems our grandmothers understood this pretty well. I know mine did – she was regularly brewing up lotions and potions for the skin on top of her head and her hair looked super-gorgeous even at the age of 80. Mine, on the other hand, usually looks like a sad stack of straw that even the cows would reject.
So, I am borrowing a page from grandmom’s beauty diary – a luscious coconut oil scalp treatment that she would use at least once a month to make her hair thicker, longer and silkier. And you don’t have to just take my word for it either, since zillions of dermatologists and hair stylists are now raving about how such a scalp treatment is essential to help remove product build-up, loosen the hardened sebum that clogs hair follicles, bust dead skin cells and boost circulation.
Pick your scalp recipe
First, however, you need to choose your scalp treatment formula.
For dry, flaky, dandruff-prone or acne-ridden scalps, take 6 tablespoons of extra virgin, organic coconut oil, olive oil or jojoba oil (depending on your hair type). Mix with 3-4 drops of tea tree oil and 4-6 drops of rosemary oil.
On the other hand, if you have an oily scalp, tons of product buildup or hair that just generally feels lacklustre, mix 6 tablespoons of extra virgin, organic coconut oil with 3 tablespoons of lemon juice and 2 tablespoon of grapefruit juice.
How to apply the scalp treatment
Done? Good. Now, apply this mixture to your scalp with a hair dye brush or cotton ball. Make small partings through the hair and work in 1-inch sections to make sure the mixture covers the entire scalp. Then give your scalp a good massage (mothers, kind friends or loving significant others are priceless here), rubbing with your fingertips in a circular motion for 5-10 minutes. Let the mixture sit on the scalp for another 20 minutes before washing off with your regular shampoo. Finish with a good conditioner.
Easy right? And totally worth it, as your hair will attest. These ingredients are great for rebalancing the scalp’s oil and hydration levels, ridding it of toxins, calming down the sensitive skin and stimulating the follicles for hair growth, among other things. Neglecting your scalp, on the other hand, can result in hair damage and premature hair loss. Which option do you choose?