The first time I had hair and scalp therapy was at the Hammam Spa in Toronto. It was a beautiful ritual that not only released a lot of tension but it was also nourishing. But this type of therapy or treatment isn’t anything new!

The history of hair and scalp treatment spans centuries and is intertwined with cultural practices and evolving beliefs about beauty and hygiene. Now with technological advancements, the hair and scalp are getting the attention they deserve beyond the TikTok trends.

Brief History of hair and scalp care:

Ancient Civilizations:

Egyptians: Egyptians used various natural oils such as castor oil and almond oil for hair treatment. They also adorned their hair with elaborate headdresses and wigs made from human hair or wool.

Greeks and Romans: Olive oil was a popular treatment for both hair and scalp among ancient Greeks and Romans. They also used perfumed oils and herbs for fragrance and to maintain hair health.

India: Ayurveda, the traditional medicine system of India, prescribed herbal remedies and oils for hair care. Ingredients like amla (Indian gooseberry), henna, and neem were commonly used for promoting hair growth and scalp health.

Japan and China: Deeply rooted in tradition that dates back to over 1200 years, it is known that using rice water along with herbs, fruit and tea helps to strengthen and nourish hair their floor-length hair. Rice is known to have beneficial natural properties including zinc, magnesium, Vitamin B, amino acids, and antioxidants including vitamin E.

Industrial Revolution and Modern Era:

The Industrial Revolution brought about mass production of hair care products such as shampoos, conditioners, and hair treatments. These products became more accessible to the general population – the good and maybe not so great.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, advancements in chemistry led to the development of synthetic hair care ingredients. Chemical treatments like hair dyes and perms became increasingly common. The 20th century also saw the rise of hair salons offering professional hair and scalp treatments such as deep conditioning, scalp massages, and treatments for dandruff and other scalp conditions.

In recent years, we are seeing a growing trend towards natural and organic hair care focused products. There’s also an increased awareness of the importance of scalp health for overall hair health.

Today, a wide range of treatments and products are available to address various hair and scalp concerns, catering to diverse preferences and needs. And we don’t necessarily have to leave home to take care of ourselves!

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Therapy for better scalp health and appearance:

Hair and scalp therapy encompasses a range of treatments and practices aimed at improving the health and appearance of both the hair and the scalp.

Scalp Health: A healthy scalp is crucial for healthy hair growth. Scalp therapy often involves treatments to address issues such as dandruff, dryness, itchiness, or excess oil production. This can include the use of medicated shampoos, scalp massages, exfoliation treatments, or prescription medications.

Hydration: Proper hydration is essential for maintaining healthy hair and scalp. Moisturizing treatments, such as hair masks or scalp oils, can help replenish moisture and prevent dryness.

Stimulating Hair Growth: For individuals experiencing hair loss or thinning, certain therapies aim to stimulate hair growth. This may involve the use of topical treatments containing growth-promoting ingredients, as well as procedures like microneedling or even laser therapy.

Damage Repair: Hair that is damaged due to factors like heat styling, chemical treatments, or environmental stressors can benefit from targeted therapy. This may include deep conditioning treatments, protein treatments to strengthen the hair shaft, or keratin treatments to smooth and repair damage.

Nutrition and Supplements: A balanced diet rich in essential nutrients is important for healthy hair and scalp. Some therapies may involve dietary changes or the use of supplements containing vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants thought to support hair health.

Prevention: Regular maintenance and preventive care are key components of hair and scalp therapy. This may involve using gentle hair care products, minimizing heat styling and chemical treatments, protecting the hair and scalp from sun damage, and adopting healthy lifestyle habits.

Where to start?

Lately, I’ve been including Kérastase’s NUTRITIVE line to maintain the health of both hair and scalp. It’s considered the “superfood” for the hair.

The Kérastase Nutritive-supplement Split End Serum includes plant-based proteins, vitamin oil blend, and niacinamide that seal and protects each strand from future dryness and brittle breakage. It helps to reinforce hair’s strength and great for dry hair.

How to use it? I have long hair (and a lot of it!) so I tend to go through hair products rather quickly. I’ve been taking a dropper full in the palm of my hand after each time wash and run it through the bottom parts of my hair. The result is a smoother, less fly away treatment that doesn’t feel sticky or heavy.

The other product I’ve been using after each wash is the Kérastase Nutritive Nutri-Supplement Scalp Serum. This product is one I won’t leave home when I travel especially  to extreme climates (cold or hot).

At first I wasn’t sure if I would like the feel of serum on my scalp but then “scalp and hair massage and treatments” are all the rage! Did you notice, they’re popping up everywhere including hair salons, spas, and even their own dedicated spas?

I was in Costa Rica with the 38C dry heat along the coast for two weeks in February and began using this product prior to that vacation.  I was able to keep my scalp from dryness and flaking when I returned to cooler temperatures. I continue to use it each time I washed and dried my hair.

How to use it? I take a dropper full and even distribute it along the scalp line and other parts. Then I gently massage the serum into my scale before drying. It’s that simple. The texture is light and not greasy at all and my scalp absorbs it quickly.

Overall, hair and scalp serums help to nourish and address a variety of concerns related to hair and scalp health. Great for dry, brittle hair but even healthy strands too regardless of length, texture, and styling routines.

Hair therapy is here to stay!