Recently, I decided to try a scalp hydrafacial—its benefits go way beyond moisturizing, which the name indicates. And with summer weather (and its attendant greasy, sweaty hair concerns) on the horizon, it couldn’t have come at a better time.
What is hydrafacial for scalp?
In the past few years, hydrafacials have gained popularity thanks to their ability to clear congested pores and moisturize the skin. They work by suctioning the gunk out of your skin while simultaneously infusing it with a nourishing serum. In other words, it extracts and moisturizes at the same time, giving you the best of both worlds. Reapplying this type of treatment provides your scalp with the same skin-friendly benefits, with the added bonus of revitalizing the health of your hair.
If you suffer from thinning hair, postpartum hair loss, or scalp buildup leading to excessive dandruff or infections, HydraFacial Scalp Treatment can help. Not only does it remove buildup that affects hair growth and poor circulation to follicles, but it also treats your strands to ingredients that stimulate growth and enhance fullness.
“For long-term results, hydro scalp treatments can help with overall hair growth especially those with hair loss,” says Tatiana Almonte, esthetician at Peace.Love.Med. Florida Aesthetic Renewal. “Having a healthy scalp and unclogged hair follicles allows more nutrients to reach the area and often results in improved hair growth and fullness.”
This scalp conditioning treatment uses a Keravive peptide complex, which uses growth factors to help unclog follicles and thin hair. Also contains Niacinamide to protect against environmental stressors and Vitamin B5 to moisturize. “Keravive is great for everyone — men and women, all textures and colors. Anyone looking to improve overall scalp health and anyone looking to improve thinning hair. It uses growth factors and skin proteins to stimulate hair follicles,” Almonte says.
She recommends trying the treatment once a month, but notes that depending on your individual needs, you can go as frequently as three times a month to kick-start hair growth.
What does a hydrafacial scalp experience look like?
I have had facials for my skin before and absolutely loved the results. My skin looked clearer and after mild redness subsided, my tone was evened out and I felt like the products were absorbing better. I expected the scalp version of the treatment to be just as relaxing, since the tip of the Hydra Facial Suction Wand usually feels a little scratchy, and I thought it would remove gunk from my hair follicles and stimulate blood flow, just like the Hydra. A facial decongests your skin.
The scalp treatment, conducted in the Manhattan offices of board-certified dermatologist Michelle Green, began with a conversation. It answered questions about my hair concerns, my hormonal cycle, my weekly washing schedule, and my experience with hair loss. I informed the practitioner that while I do not deal with hair loss or dandruff, there were other concerns I wanted to address.
Since I test out a lot of products (and update my style frequently with dry shampoo on my no-wash days), my scalp gets greasy and needs to be shampooed every other day. Moreover, it often feels itchy or hot to the touch, most likely due to the bouts of eczema flare-ups that I experience from time to time. Once the consultation was over, I relaxed and the esthetician got to work, carefully separating my hair in every possible way. She dragged the wand along various parts of my scalp, lightly exfoliating my skin and drawing out product buildup and sebum while replenishing my scalp with Keravive Peptide Complex.
According to Almonte, after the treatment “you will immediately notice less flaking on your scalp, it will feel less itchy, and your scalp will feel refreshed and hydrated.”
This was totally the case for me. My scalp felt noticeably more relaxed when the HydraFacial treatment was over, and there was no greasiness or irritation to speak of. The coolest part of the experience, though, was being able to be seen All the sebum, dirt and other impurities the machine sucked out of my skin:
From there, “we can identify product buildup, moisture imbalance, any redness, and irritation,” says Almonte. My esthetician showed me where my problem areas were for buildup and I used a mirror to confirm that my hair was healthy and growing properly.
I left the treatment with my hair slightly damp at the roots, but by no means wet—almost as if I’d just worked out or been caught in the rain for a few minutes. I was instructed to wait at least 24 hours before washing my hair to allow the Keravive Peptide Complex to soak into my scalp and work at its full potential.
Overall, the treatment left my scalp feeling like a nice clean rag—no buildup to speak of. It’s a great option for anyone dealing with hair loss or scalp discomfort, and it was the perfect reset to allow me to deal with the greasy conditions of the upcoming summer months without worry.