Scalp is skin, the scalp skin is home, incubator and protector of your hair follicle and all of its essential appendages. So why is it that we never consider the intrinsic scalp skin when washing our hair? The hair is the focus of our style, our look, our image yes, but without a healthy scalp the hair will eventually suffer. So it is quite simple, let’s look after your scalp skin during the process of washing your hair, which you are doing anyway, so you will have healthier hair and healthy scalp skin eliminating the majority of common scalp problems along the way.
The process of washing the hair will need to begin with gentle scalp exfoliating to remove dead skin cells, particles and product from scalp and hair. For this we use a scalp brush, ok, it is also a hair brush, but it has some special features that make it ideal as a scalp brush. Starting with the bristles, they should be flexible not ridged, have well rounded, connected tips, not separate tips that can wear away or fall of. The tips of the bristles that will connect with the scalp must not be sharp in any way and should not scratch the scalp, you can test this by brushing the back of your hand, not your palm, with the brush tips.
Natural Hair Loss Treatment – Start with Scalp Brush Therapy
- Helps exfoliate scalp
- Effectively stimulates scalp
- Triggers scalp circulation
- Empties out oil gland
- Prepares scalp for natural hair loss treatment
- Must be followed by scalp cleansing
Back to the bristles, they should not be boar bristles, these are far too sharp for the scalp skin. Boar bristles have a place in history with hair, and that is where they should stay. With the scalp brush it will also need to be a suitable hair brush to be time effective and practice, it will be difficult to brush the scalp and hair separately. This is why our recommended scalp brush is also a suitable hair brush, simply makes sense doesn’t it. We then look at the bristle length, it needs to be long enough to get through the hair to reach the scalp to deliver the desired effect, and around 17mm is a good bristle length.
The brush base should be a soft cushion, acting like a shock absorber when it touched the scalp with the rapid motions needed to stimulate the arrector pili muscle attached to the hair follicle, connected to the hair bulb, where the hair is fed by the blood supply delivered to each and every hair follicle, in most cases the blood supply cannot even be seen, let alone considering what may be in the blood supply or what is lacking, iron for instance is a very common deficiency, related to the delivery of oxygen and nutrients throughout the body, and yes, the hair bulb.
So the scalp brush therapy in effect is feeding your hair bulb and also creating cellular energy, this energy can be felt as heat on the surface of the scalp, this little sign also tells you the energy has travelled back up the follicle passing by the sebaceous gland, the hair follicle oil gland, which can be overactive or under active or blocked or simply normal, but this energy passing by, no matter the state of the sebaceous a gland, will trigger it to release the contacts that will spill out onto the scalp. Now this is a good this, but only if you can immediately wash this oil and other associated debris away. Remember the old tales, 100 strokes a day to help the natural oils travel along your hair strand to naturally condition you hair, this is not only gross but grossly untrue. The real function of the sebaceous gland is to lubricate the passageway for the hair as it goes through the hardening process you know as keratinisation. It has no benefit to the fully formed hair which is completely hard with a closed, locked cuticle. This oil with nowhere to go will build up in the oil gland or be expelled onto the scalp delivering the commonly described oily hair that is associated with thin or fine hair.
So you may be seeing the many benefits of simple scalp brush therapy now. It is exfoliation of the scalp, circulation as in triggering the blood supply, and stimulation of the oil gland to be emptied onto the scalp. Some of the signs you will notice once you have successfully done enough scalp bush therapy for 2-3 minutes is a slight tingling sensation over the scalp due to the arrector pili muscle being stimulated, heat on the scalp or a slight flushing of the scalp from stimulation of the blood supply circulation and also oil as in oil on the hair and or scalp from the oil gland releasing its contents and is some scalp scale cases you may see the dead scalp skin as scale falling from the scalp. Once all of this is on the surface of the scalp it important it is washed away as soon as possible. Some of this debris will be acid and damaging to the skins intrinsic pH balance and can cause irritation if left there or even worse may even soak back into the scalp. Scalp brush therapy should always be followed by scalp cleansing. A hair shampoo is not designed to do the job, only a special scalp cleanser such as Absolique scalp cleanser with no harmful ingredients.
Suitable scalp brush is available from Absolique Hair Health Clinic. Email Trichologist Carolyn Evans-Frost for further information firstname.lastname@example.org or call reception team on 07 3229 3242.
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