When a curly client sits in my chair, their scalp is one of the first things I assess. More often than not, a lot of my clients spend all of their time focusing on their curls and they neglect giving their scalp proper love and care. Have you ever had a client tell you their scalp is itchy or has gotten increasingly dry over time? Better yet, have you ever assessed someone's scalp and noticed it was not only flaky but also had sores because they were picking at it? I’m pretty sure we all know what that looks like. For that reason, I want to talk about the importance of of a scalp detox.
Clogged Pores Lead to Bigger Problems Believe it or not, hydrating products can eventually buildup on the scalp and the hair, causing follicles to weaken or cause them to get pushed out of the scalp. This will cause an exaggerated amount of hair shedding. If pores are clogged, natural scalp oils cannot function properly to protect the hair because it's not strong enough to remove extra build AND dead skin. This may ultimately prevent nourishment that helps the hair to grow. A healthy scalp is key for strength of hair and growth.
A DIY Detox In the curly hair world, many opt for a more natural way of detoxing. Especially when the scalp is itchy, oily or inflamed. If you are servicing a client who is all about being natural, here are some detoxifying ingredients that can be used and also easily carried in salons: Bentonite clay powder has a high concentration of minerals. It includes silica, calcium, magnesium, sodium, iron, and potassium. It has the ability to absorb and remove build up in clogged pores or impurities. Apple cider vinegar. Although its scent is very potent, it's full of rich vitamins like B and C, plus minerals for the hair. It acts as an anti-inflammatory agent without overworking the scalp. This will help with a flaky scalp and dandruff. Aloe vera has proteolytic enzymes, and it's believed to help repair dead skin cells lessening the itchy scalp syndrome.
If your client wishes to continue the detox at home, point them towards a clarifying shampoo. Clarifying shampoos are created to remove copper, iron, hard water minerals and styling product build-up on all hair types.hen using such a strong shampoo stay away from aggressively frothing it on the ends of the hair. Concentrate on the scalp and only use circular motions with the tips of your fingers. Allow the shampoo to stay up to 3 minutes on the hair if there is intense build up, and ALWAYS follow up with a moisturizing deep conditioner.
Help your client choose which style of detox is best for their curly routine and lifestyle, sit back and watch their curls flourish.
Stay CURLPOP’n and always be Pop’n!