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The facial for your hair

Master barber Stel Nicolaou gives us the lowdown on hair care.

Your face will never feel as clean, soft and fresh as it does straight after a proper facial. Aveda Salons have just introduced the in-salon scalp facial, which seeks to replicate that feeling for your head. Why would you want a deep treatment for your scalp? Because if you want thick healthy hair, you have to get to the root of the issue. Deep scalp cleansing helps skin cell turnover, and encourages a healthy scalp, which rewards you with healthy hair – and will help delay hair loss.

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Doesn’t scalp health just mean dandruff?

No. Just because you aren’t experiencing dandruff doesn’t mean your scalp doesn’t have other issues. It can become dry, which in turn leads to hair becoming dry, it can be oily or pink due to irritation, or there could be spots on the head.

Why do men experience more scalp issues than women?

They experience more visible scalp issues than women. This is because products are used closer to the head because of their generally shorter hair length, which in turn leads to more product build-up and excess sebum at the scalp – which can clog pores. Additionally, men’s scalps tend to be slightly thicker, so require a thorough cleansing.

What are the benefits of keeping my scalp healthy?

Ultimately, it leads to healthy hair growth. The scalp is the root of nourished hair, and keeping it healthy can also help prevent hair loss. Similarly, a healthy scalp will diminish the chances of dandruff or irritation.


FS tries it out

The scalp facial starts with a consultation, and it’s not just about hair – they want to know how you are, because your overall wellbeing affects your scalp and hair.

Next, they take a super-zoomed in photo of my scalp to assess what state my head’s in. It isn’t pretty – I’ve got some dry patches, but the good news is there are lots of strong hair follicles. Now for a massage with a special exfoliating scalp brush, used in rocking motions around my head. It’s seriously relaxing, and I’m nearly asleep by the time we’re onto the next step, a wash with the new Pramasana Purifying Scalp Cleanser and a prescribed shampoo.

While the Nourishing Scalp Masque works its magic, it’s time for more massaging, this time by hand. The treatment is then washed out, and a dose of Scalp Concentrate is applied and massaged in before my hair is styled (this is when you’d get a haircut). This whole thing costs just £15, which when you consider it could save you from going bald, is pretty decent value.

Sure, it’s another thing to add to the growing list of maintenance, but it feels so good, it sorted out my oily hair, and it helps dandruff – plus you feel so chilled by the end. I can’t think of many better ways to spend half an hour.

Available in Aveda salons and barbershops nationwide, £15 add-on to an Aveda Men Hair Service


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