A dermatologist’s guide to building your own ‘haircial’ aka scalp care routine

“Scalp care is the new skincare,” is something we’ve heard quite often, in the last few months. We all follow elaborate skincare routines, use moisturisers and get clean ups, but for our scalp, an occasional hair spa, shampoo and conditioning should suffice. Right? Wrong. “Being exposed to dirt, sweat and humidity causes a lot of trauma to our scalps. Our natural tendency is to do a million spa hair treatments, but our scalps need specialised care too,” says Delhi-based dermatologist, Dr Kiran Kaur Sethi. Here’s what you need to know to build your own scalp care routine:

Learn To Tell

“Dandruff, early hair thinning or unremitting hair fall are signs of an unhealthy scalp. To identify the cause, make sure you consult an expert who can help you treat it,” suggests Dr Sethi.

Treat It Right

Based on Japanese traditions and ayurvedic treatments, a haircial is like a facial for your scalp. It deep cleanses the scalp, which in turn helps with healthier hair growth. “During the haircial we also infuse vitamins and pollution-eradicating actives. The treatment reduces dandruff, excessive oiliness, pollution-related scalp damage and is side effect free.” Some of the highlights of this treatment (`16,500 for four sessions) are that it deep conditions and nourishes your scalp, making it healthier and ultimately boosting hair growth.

Go Old School

Don’t forget, the OG haircial: the at-home oil massage. Dr Sethi too, is a fan. “Make sure you use pure coconut or sesame oil, and add actives, like bhringraj. Once a week, massage your scalp and apply the oil till the ends. Leave it on for an hour and wash it off.” If you have a sensitive scalp, stop using your shampoo and conditioner for two weeks to you give your head a chance to reset.

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Crystal Comb:

Restore scalp health, with a gua sha comb. “It helps increase lymphatic drainage while reducing inflammation. Start with using it a few times a week, then transition to daily,” suggests Dr Sethi.

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