1. Detangle hair first
Removing any knots or tangles in your hair is a critical first step to a smooth and efficient scalp mask application. Skipping this step can make getting the product onto your scalp difficult, especially if you have thick hair. Plus, if you don’t detangle, your arms are bound to get tired from moving around any hair that’s clumped together.
2. Dampen don’t soak hair
When hair becomes wet it swells from the inside forcing its cuticle layer to raise up. This allows for better product penetration when using both a hair and scalp mask. However, completely soaking your hair isn’t necessary to achieve this. In fact, soaking your hair could lead to less product penetration. For best results, simply douse your strands in water with a spray bottle and brush through to distribute evenly.
3. Section hair into fours
If you’ve taken time to detangle your hair then this step should be fairly quick. The easiest way to break down the application process is to section hair into fours; two sections in the front and two sections in the back. Part your hair straight down the center and then part again horizontally from ear to ear. Be sure to clip up any areas that you aren’t working on to keep hair out of the way.
4. Focus on target areas
Although the goal is to apply the scalp mask all over your head, it’s important to target sensitive areas that can become easily irritated. This includes the nape of your neck, crown, hairline and temples. Simply scoop out your desired amount of product and apply directly onto these areas. Take time to use the pads of your fingers on both hands to massage the scalp mask in and around your target area until it begins to lather. Once the mask foams it will become much easier to move the product around the rest of your head as you work through your four sections.
5. Let your scalp mask set
Processing time is anywhere between five to15 minutes to allow the mask to work its magic. If you happen to leave your mask on longer than the recommended time, don’t fret., There will be no negative effect on your scalp or hair. Our custom scalp mask can be used once a week to keep your scalp balanced, but if you’re someone who experiences frequent scalp sensitivity (itchiness, redness and/or flakes) it’s safe to use up to two times per week.
Properly applying a scalp mask really starts with nailing down a detangling routine. In order to reach all the target areas, sectioning off your hair is also key—you want to be able to reach as much surface area of your scalp as possible. Then, once everything is in place, it’s time to lather up, exfoliate, and soothe your scalp.
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Do you rinse the product out afterwards? Follow up with shampoo, conditioner?
Hi Hannah, yes! We recommend applying and leaving your Pre-Shampoo Scalp Mask on for 10-20 minutes before shampooing and conditioning like usual in the shower.
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