Scalp Skin Reset
Now we are going to strip away years of built up cosmetics, pollutants, dead skin cells and sebum from your scalp to start the scalp skin reset. The objective of this process is to get your scalp back into the condition it was in before you started losing your hair. By the end of this step your scalp should be fresh and the pores should be unclogged, providing the perfect environment for hair growth.
To begin, with we’re going to do something that may seem quite extreme, but is a very powerful technique for improving the long term health of your scalp and hair. What we’re going to do is apply a mild, natural acid in order to break up the dead skin from the surface of the scalp, clear your scalp’s pores, kill mites and fungi that may be present in your scalp and break down embedded sebum.
What is ‘Sebum’?
Sebum is the oil that secretes through your skins pores via the sebaceous gland. Dead skin cells, sebum, cosmetics and air pollutants can combine and build-up on the scalp and in the pores.
Ideally we want to take off several layers of skin during this step; but don’t worry, the scalp is very thick and we’re only going to exfoliate a tiny fraction of the skin – taking away dead skin cells, pollutants, built-up cosmetic chemicals and built-up sebum.
“Apart from the balls of the feet, the heels and back, it’s (the scalp is) the thickest part of the skin. The top layer, or epidermis is of average thickness but the dermis, which is the stronger layer of skin underneath, is thicker. Whereas facial skin may measure 1mm, the skin on the scalp is about 2mm.”
- Dr Christopher Rowland Payne, consultant dermatologist at The London Clinic
How to remove the embedded sebum based plaque
The best way to remove embedded sebum from your scalp and to clear the pores is to use a ‘salicylic acid peel’ product. These peels are commonly used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, clear the skins pores and reveal younger looking skin. We’re going to use the same skin peels that are used on the face to exfoliate your scalp. This is perfectly safe and will do your scalp a lot of good. However you should not complete a scalp peel if you have a flaky or inflamed scalp.
While it is perfectly safe to use salicylic acid on your skin, please do not stray from these safety warnings:
- Do not leave the salicylic acid on your scalp for more than twenty minutes
- Always leave at least ten days between completing skin peels
- If you feel a strong stinging sensation on your scalp after applying the salicylic acid, wash it out immediately
- If your skin becomes irritated or peels a lot (you see lots of skin flakes a day or two after completing the peel) do not complete another peel
- Do not complete more than three peels within a month. If you complete three peels within a month, leave at least two months before completing another.
After completing a skin peel, you should not notice any significant peeling of your skin. You should not see lots of flaky skin and your skin should not feel painful. In fact nine times out of ten you won’t notice any change in your skin after completing the peel, except perhaps a little flakiness a day or two after completing the peel.
First of all you need to purchase some salicylic acid; you can buy salicylic acid skin peel products online. To begin with, choose a product with a 10% concentration of salicylic acid. You can purchase a bottle online on eBay or from many health and beauty stores.
You will also benefit from using a very small amount of the coconut oil for eating or when drinking your smoothies. We’re going to use coconut oil to protect the hair from damage during the peel. Although the acid will not damage your hair, the alcohol in the peel solution may have a slight drying effect on your hair. The coconut oil prevents any ‘protein loss’ from the hair.
The ability of coconut oil to penetrate into hair cuticle and cortex seems to be responsible for this effect. Coated on the fibre surface, it can prevent or reduce the amount of water penetrating into the fibre and reduce the swelling. This, in turn, reduces the lifting of the surface cuticle and prevents it from being chipped away during wet combing.
- Aarti S. Rele and R. B. Mohile, The Journal of Cosmetic Science, April 2002
Before applying the acid to your scalp, apply coconut oil to your hair to form a protective coating. You’ll learn how to do this when we get on to the peel process. First though you need to do a ‘skin test’.
Beginning The First Full Scalp Peel
Once you’re happy with the test peel results you can start your first full scalp peel. At least half an hour before beginning the peel, apply the coconut oil to your hair, as follows:
Thoroughly wash your hair and scalp and dry with a towel to remove any dampness. Apply a very small amount of coconut oil to your hair to coat the base 2-3 inches of hair. Run your fingers through your hair and rub the coconut oil in. Don’t massage the coconut oil into your scalp – avoid getting the coconut oil on your scalp as much as possible, as this will act as a barrier between the acid and the skin. Ideally you should wait roughly 30 minutes or more for the coconut oil to absorb into your hair.
Once you’re happy that you’ve coated your hair with coconut oil and you’ve left enough time for it to absorb, you can start to apply the acid to your scalp. The best way to apply the salicylic acid to your scalp is with a pipette. You may find that your product comes with a pipette. If not you can purchase them online on eBay for less than a dollar per pack.
Let’s Begin The Peel
In case you have short hair, spike your hair up. If you have long hair, part your hair down the middle. When you have shaven hair, very thin hair or no hair you will have no trouble applying the acid. Whenever you part your hair to access your scalp with the pipette you will need to apply the acid to the parted area, then part your hair again to the left and right of the middle parting two or three times until you have covered your scalp in little droplets of salicylic acid.
Fill the pipette with acid from the bottle. Point the pipette downward without pinching it – make sure none of the acid drips out. Now touch the end of the pipette onto your scalp and gently squeeze so that a very small drop comes out onto your scalp. Move it half an inch or so away from the first drop and squeeze another small drop onto your scalp. Repeat this process until you have about 40-50 small drops of acid spread out across the top of your scalp, without pouring any onto your hair. You can squeeze out two or three droplets per second, so the process should only take a few minutes. You will inevitably get some acid on your hair but don’t worry, it won’t damage your hair, at this concentration it will not causes damage.
Once You’ve Covered Your Scalp
Rub the acid in with your fingers until it covers the top of your scalp and then wash your hands. The acid will not damage your hands at this concentration, but wash them as soon as you’ve finished rubbing the acid into your scalp. Leave the peel on for one minute. You should feel a very mild stinging sensation, or a cool tingling sensation. This is normal and means the peel is working. However if you feel a painful stinging sensation, wash the acid out immediately.
If after one minute the acid feels like it’s burning (stinging quite badly), wash it out. However, if it’s still not stinging after one minute then leave it in for ten minutes. If it’s still not stinging after ten minutes, wash it out. In case it starts to sting uncomfortably before ten minutes, wash it out. Many people find that the acid stings their scalp for around thirty seconds and then the stinging dies down. If you find this occurs, leave the acid on for ten minutes and then wash it out.
wash the acid out
Rinse your hair and scalp with water for about a minute while gently rubbing your scalp with your fingers. Then wash your scalp by massaging with shampoo and rinsing. Directly after completing the peel, drink a pint of water. Some salicylic acid may absorb into your skin. This is nothing to worry about and is common during normal face skin peels. However it is good practice to drink lots of water during the day you complete the peel.
Increase exfoliation after completing the peel
You can increase the exfoliation by brushing your scalp with the hard bristled boar brush described in Step 1. To do this brush your scalp firmly about fifty times (or for about a minute) each day starting from two days after completing the peel. For the two days immediately following completing the peel don’t use the boar brush and don’t apply any chemicals to your scalp (such as minoxidil for example). Give your scalp a chance to reject and remove the dead skin cells. After two days you can continue to use the boar brush and any other treatments you might be using, such as minoxidil.
Achieving a Successful Peel
If the peel has worked you should notice your scalp turn flaky a day or two after completing the peel. You can help exfoliate the dead skin flakes by brushing them away. This process can seem counter-intuitive to someone who suffers hair loss because you’re stripping away skin from your scalp and it seems like you’re doing damage rather than good. Actually it’s beneficial because you’re unclogging pores, removing dirt and pollutants, getting your scalp skin into a fresh clean state, ready for hair growth.
Summary to Step 3
To summarize what we’ve done in Step 3. We have:
- Peeled the top layers of scalp skin
- Unblocked any blocked pores
- Removed some of the DHT from the scalp
- Removed built-up embedded sebum
- Helped kill Demodex mites if they were present
- Provoked the body to concentrate healing in the scalp: Increasing blood circulation in the scalp (to the hair roots), increasing cell production in the scalp, increasing nutrient supply to the scalp
Now, lets move on to a more advanced treatment, where we’ll feed the hair with nutrients required for hair growth and continue to provoke your body to concentrate cell growth, blood circulation and nutrient allocation in the scalp.
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