Head CaseNovember 1, 2008 By: Lori Morris American Salon
Healthy hair starts at the scalp, and treatments can create an optimal environment.
Bumble and bumble offers two in-salon treatments to target different problems: Density Therapy for clients experiencing thinning hair or hair loss and Scalp Rebalancing Therapy for clients with flaky scalps. Density Therapy de-stresses the scalp environment by stimulating cellular energy, regulating irritation and ensuring fertile collagen within the follicle, while Scalp Rebalancing Therapy calms hyperactive and itchy scalps, regulates the natural shedding of dead skin cells, and gently exfoliates.
Along with in-salon treatments, stylists can send their clients home with products to help them soothe, cleanse and treat their scalps. Nioxin 1 offers eight three-part systems that work to provide an optimal scalp environment for specific hair types and problems. Each system includes a cleanser, conditioner and daily treatment.
Alterna 2 Life Restore Scalp & Follicle Extra Strength Serum for thinning hair is a leave-in treatment that combats hair loss and promotes fuller hair, while Goldwell 3 InnerEffect Regulate Calming Lotion soothes and conditions sensitive scalps to calm irritation, while prolonging the hair's color intensity.
Bain de Terre 4 Sugar & Fig Scalp Massage Scrub gently exfoliates dulling impurities, dead skin cells and product buildup to leave the scalp refreshed and create an optimal environment for shiny hair. Moroccanoil 5 Treatment nourishes the scalp to heal, repair and relieve dry conditions. René Furterer 6 Complexe 5, applied to a dry head before shampoo and conditioner, purifies the scalp. Steam 7 Scalp Oil, which comes in two different aromatherapy scents, uses jojoba oil, pomegranate, açaf and moringa to heal hair follicles and moisturize the scalp to create a vibrant place for hair to flourish and grow. AAetó Botanica 8 Detoxer Scalp Oil balances the scalp's pH to strengthen hair from the root. Intelligent Nutrients 9 Hair & Scalp Treatment Oil is made with nutritious certified-organic food ingredients to feed the scalp. —LORI MORRIS
Something as simple as the water you use in your shampoo bowls can effect how the scalp functions and responds to treatments. Saiseiko Cera Ionic Shower Heads, which come in several different styles, use a combination of water pressure and patented ceramic balls made of 100-percent mineral matter to create water that is better for your head. The Cera Ionic Shower Heads activate water, reducing water clusters to allow the water to deeply penetrate the scalp and hair cuticles and wash away sebaceous oil and DHT, a primary cause of hair loss. saiseikousa.com
STOP FLAKING OUT
White flakes can be embarrassing, but it's the irritation and itching associated with dandruff that really make clients uncomfortable. Dandruff is caused by a fungus and affects 50 percent of the global population, according to Procter & Gamble. With so many consumers falling victim to flakes, haircare brands are introducing dandruff-fighting products, many of which contain antifungal ingredients like pyrithione zinc and selenium. These take-home solutions will not only soothe the scalp, but will also leave hair soft and shiny.