With the first signs of spring popping up all around us, now is the perfect time to think about detoxing. Just like spring cleaning our homes after a long winter, treating your hair to a thorough detox will leave it looking and feeling its best ready for the new season.
If you want to maintain a beautiful, healthy head of hair, it's important to focus on improving your scalp health. A detox can help reset the condition of your scalp by clearing out impurities, repairing damage, and restoring nutrients.
What are the signs your scalp needs a detox?
Your hair gets greasy very quickly. This could be due to overproduction of sebum building up on the scalp. These natural oils are there to support our hair health, but too much can result in an unwanted greasy look.
Your scalp feels itchy and flaky. Triggered by both irritated dry skin and the build-up of excess oil, dandruff can cause the skin on the scalp to itch and flake away.
You suffer from dermatitis or psoriasis. Caused by inflammation of the skin, these conditions can be very painful and you'll need to calm and soothe the skin before detoxing.
You're struggling to grow your hair. A build-up of dead skin cells, dirt and product can block your hair follicles and slow down hair growth.
How do you diagnose scalp issues?
The first step towards combating any scalp issues and enjoying healthier hair is to properly diagnose the root problem.
At our Battersea salon, we have a specialist device that gives us a closer look at what may be happening to the scalp. Using a digital magnifier, it helps to give us a better understanding of your hair so we can work out the best ways to treat it.
When you book in for a hair treatment, we'll use this tool where needed to examine any issues that could be causing further problems like hair loss or scalp irritation. We'll keep the shots on file for future reference, helping us tailor your ongoing hair treatments and provide bespoke recommendations that you can use at home.
Senior Stylist, Matilda Marshall, is a pro with the device. She says:
"Understanding scalp issues is key to helping you maintain strong, shiny and healthy hair. Most people already know if they've got dandruff or dry skin, but the camera can pick up any underlying concerns like psoriasis. I always recommend the Trichoscopy before a detox so we can identify any issues that might be stopping your hair from looking its very best."
How do you effectively detox your hair and scalp?
Whether you want to promote healthy hair growth, relieve scalp irritation, or prevent hair loss – the first step to a thoroughly cleansing detox is a professional salon treatment. Because they're more intensive than home care options, you'll benefit from a deeper clean and longer lasting results.
Professional salon treatments
Creative Director, Alfie Oneill, is passionate about hair treatments and their benefits. In particular, he's a big fan of Kérastase Spécifique for detoxing. He says:
"The Kérastase Spécifique Bain Divalent shampoo is really good for treating oily roots and regulating the overproduction of sebum. I use it alongside the Argile Equilibrante for a really powerful cleanse. I find they work perfectly together to eliminate grease at the roots and leave the scalp feeling revitalised and refreshed."
Another option for detoxing greasy hair is the Oway Rebalancing treatment. Using natural remedies like Amazonian clay to absorb sebum, and biodynamic sage for its powerful yet gently purifying action on the skin – you'll be left with hair that looks and feels visibly refreshed.
On the other end of the scale, the Davines Scalp Recovery treatment is ideal for really inflamed and sensitive skin. With its anti-inflammatory ingredients, you should enjoy immediate relief from itching and redness of the scalp.
Detoxing home care routines
Once you've enjoyed a thorough detox with the help of our salon experts, you'll need to overhaul your home care routine to help you maintain the results!
To relieve itchy scalps. Oway's Soothing Hair Bath can calm even the most sensitive skin. Free from ethoxylated surfactants and sulphates, it's extremely gentle and respectful of the scalp.
To eliminate dandruff. The Davines NaturalTech Purifying Gel uses antifungal and antibacterial actions to delicately cleanse the skin. You can incorporate it into your shampoo routine once a week to eliminate dry flaky skin and rebalance the scalp.
To prevent hair loss. Kérastase Spécifique Stimuliste Hairspray uses ingredients like vitamin PP and arginine to stimulate healthy hair growth while improving the hair's density and substance. The Micro Stimulating Hair Bath by Oway uses organic horse chestnuts to improve the micro-circulation of blood vessels, encouraging the hair to revitalise and strengthen.
To protect your hair. Prebiotic drops like Kérastase Spécifique Potentialiste Serum help to protect against external aggressors, while ensuring your usual hair care products can work to the best of their ability. By improving the scalp's barrier function and shielding the internal layers of your skin, you'll improve your blood flow and encourage better hair growth and density.
Whatever your key hair concerns are, we've got you covered with a detoxifying treatment. Ready to revive your look? Stock up on your detox essentials in our online shop or book in for a treatment at our Battersea salon.