This is a question that I am asked about frequently. Many women and men wonder why it is so important to exfoliate our scalps. We never did it before in the past, and most people haven’t heard of or have just recently been introduced to the treatment.
I hope to be able to give you some insight as to why this treatment should be administered to everyone, especially women with chemically treated hair. I’m going to take us back for a moment to see why today it is vitally important to exfoliate our scalps.
The History of African American Hair and Chemicals
Did you know that at the turn of the 20th Century, the average African American woman’s hair was 12-14 inches long and quite healthy? Yet at the turn of the 21st Century, it is 4-6 inches long, dry, thin, and breaking.
What do you think caused such a dramatic change? We know about health and what keeps our bodies running at an optimum potential more than ever before. What is the problem? I’ll tell you, CHEMICALS AND SYNTHETIC MATERIALS.
In the 1970’s chemical relaxers and colors were widely introduced to the African American public for salon and at home use. Over years of using chemicals and products with synthetic materials, product build-up appears on the scalp. This buildup causes many problems.
First, it puts a coating over the scalp and shows up as scales. Most people assume that it is dandruff, and use anti-itch products that contain antiseptics that are drying to the scalp and full of synthetic materials which continues the cycle that causes flakes.
Second, this build-up causes a blockage to the hair follicle that houses the hair strand. When the hair follicle is blocked, it makes it more difficult for the hair strand to grow, chokes the life of the hair, and causes balding and thinning spots.
Third, it blocks vital vitamins and nutrients from penetrating the surface that keeps hair shiny and healthy. A lot of people believe that using “hair grease” on the scalp will help control the problem. Not true.
“Hair Grease,” contains lanolins, waxes, and parabens that have very large molecules. These large molecules make it impossible to sink through human skin, sit on the surface of the scalp, and just cover up the problem without actually solving it.
You Can’t Always See What’s Bad For Your Hair and Scalp
A build-up is not always visible to the naked eye; some time ago, I was speaking to another stylist whose client was a Mortician. She told me that when someone dies, and it does not appear as natural causes, an autopsy is conducted.
Apparently, a special light is used to look at the surface of the skin to make sure there was no foreign chemical used on the skin to cause death. I was shocked to find out that just about all African American women have a microscopic coating over the surface of their scalp that has not been removed. What is this coating? Product and chemical buildup.
The Hair Care Company has developed the Scalp Exfoliating System specifically to combat this problem. Exfoliating the scalp can remove product buildup, strengthen hair roots, wake up dormant hair follicles, stimulate blood circulation, and eliminate toxins.
Just as technology in the world evolves, so does the hair care industry. If your hair is chemically treated, use products that contain synthetic materials, or have problems with dry itchy scalp, this treatment is for you.
Our Scalp Exfoliating System is available for purchase through our online store. You can take it with you to the salon, or have a mother, sister, or good girlfriend apply it for you. All the directions are on our website and sent out with every order.
If you live in the Washington DC area we would be more than happy to service you in our Salon Studio. So, until next time, here is to healthy hair and scalp. Cheers.