Scalp Care Routine For Healthy Hair Extensions
by BRENDA L. / SEP 6, 2023
Reading Time: 4 Minutes
Your hair’s health and your hair extensions’ beauty starts from… Within, of course, but let’s not forget about your scalp. Frequent hair extensions wearing, pulling, washing with the wrong products, and prolonged exposure to the sun without UV protection factor can be taxing on your hair’s health, as these elements can put quite a lot of stress on your scalp – where the magic of your tresses begins. When it comes to maintaining the health and longevity of your hair extensions, one area that often gets overlooked is scalp care, unfortunately. But what if I told you that the condition of your scalp plays a vital role in the overall well-being of your extensions? In today’s blog, we'll explore the significance of scalp care for hair extensions, talk more in detail about some essential scalp care products, and provide a step-by-step routine to keep both your scalp and extensions in tiptop shape.
The Significance Of Scalp Care For Hair Extensions
The health of your scalp is intricately linked to the health and appearance of your hair look. Here's why scalp care matters when wearing Remy human hair extensions:
Optimal Attachment: A healthy scalp provides a stable base for attaching hair extensions, reducing the risk of damage and discomfort. On top of that, an irritated scalp might be overproducing its natural oils – meaning it could cause your hair extensions (such as tape in hair extensions) to slip off prematurely.
Natural Hair Growth: A well-nourished scalp is fertile territory for healthy hair growth, for hair that is less prone to breakage and with less split ends. Healthy hair ensures a better blend with your hair extensions, guaranteeing natural and realistic results!
Comfort: If your scalp tends to be on the sensitive side of things, itching and discomfort can have a huge impact on your hair extensions tolerance, turning it from a beauty routine step to an unpleasant experience.
Essential Scalp Care Products
Just like you take care of your tresses or your skin, your scalp needs some TLC too – and just how you may know everything about jade rollers, gua shas, the difference between a protein-based hair mask or a moisture-based hair mask… Can you tell the same about your scalp products? Here’s everything you need to give your scalp a certified spa treatment:
Detox Shampoo: Look for sulfate-free and alcohol-free shampoos enriched with detoxing properties. This type of product is usually focused on deep cleaning your scalp and letting it breathe, freeing it from excess sebum and product build-up. The ingredients to look for? Mint, aloe, and apple cider vinegar!
Scalp Serum: Scalp serums are always quite overlooked, but let me tell you: they can be a real lifesaver! A good scalp serum enriched with essential nutrients can promote healthy hair growth, keep your scalp moisturised so it doesn’t go in oil over-production mode, and soothe any discomfort caused by wearing extensions improperly or too frequently.
Scalp Oil: Natural oils like jojoba, tea tree, castor oil or argan oil can be applied to the scalp to combat dryness and flakiness, and nourishing both your skin and hair.
Scalp Scrub: Just like the rest of your body, your scalp can benefit from a gentle exfoliation every now and then. You can either experiment with some DIY or purchase a scalp scrub tailored to your scalp/hair type.
Step-by-Step Scalp Care Routine For Long-Lasting Extensions
How do you take care of your scalp? Well, you know the products – now it’s time to apply your knowledge. Here’s the steps to a scalp care day:
- Pre-Shampoo Treatment
There are different types of scalp serums – some of them will actually require to be applied to your scalp before you shampoo, so that they can nourish and prepare your skin before a good wash up.
- Shampoo and Condition
Gently massage sulfate-free and alcohol-free shampoo into your scalp and hair extensions (if you are wearing permanent hair extensions). In this step, it is essential that you clean and rinse thoroughly, not to leave any residues on your scalp. Performing a gentle scalp massage whilst washing improves the blood circulation in your follicles, reduces tension, and helps you clean your scalp better!
- Scrub Application
If you are using a scalp scrub, now it’s the time to apply it. Gently rub the product on your scalp’s skin using your fingertips, and never your fingernails! This could cause more damage than good, no matter how “relieving” it feels – it could lead to abrasions, flakiness, and dandruff. So make sure you’re kind to your scalp! Find out more about this process in our post: Scalp Exfoliation: How-To, Best Products & More!
- Scalp Massage
Another way for you to show some love to your scalp and stimulate the blood flow in the follicle area, is using a scalp massager. These tools can be quite relaxing, causing a pleasantly tingling sensation whilst working on your scalp.
- Oil Treatment
Last but not least, your oil treatment: whether it’s rosemary oil or jojoba oil or even argan oil, you can apply a few drops on your scalp and massage it in to facilitate the absorption. This step isn’t recommended if you are wearing nano ring hair extensions or tape ins, as they may slip off before their time because of the oil. Looking for some hair oil inspirations? Check out our dedicated blog: Hair Oil: Best Oils For Hair Growth And A Healthy, Happy Scalp.
By incorporating these scalp care practices and using the products, you can maintain a healthy scalp that will turn your hair extensions application into a breeze and enjoy long-lasting, beautiful hair extensions!