Root of the Problem

We’ve heard it before: you are what you eat. And so it is true that you hair is only as nice as how you treat it. So, if it is soft, bouncy hair you desire, then look no further than your own scalp.

You’re about to discover that your scalp has a mind of its own. It can be going through a hard time right now and it needs some extra attention. It could even be malnourished or flat out unbalanced.

Bet you haven’t been paying much attention to it, huh?

If you haven’t, we’ve got the skinny on the best scalp treatments. Come on, they’re not as intimidating as they sound.


Though a scalp facial might make you scratch your head, it is skin, after all. Philip B offers a Four Step Hair and Scalp Treatment that breaks down the scalp treatment process in, er, four steps. It is meant to be used once a week and includes a Rejuvenating Hair Oil, Peppermint and Avocado Shampoo, Deep Conditioning Crème Rinse and Detangling Finishing Rinse. The rinse acts like a toner for the hair. Tip: brush hair with a natural bristle brush before starting this process as it will stimulate the scalp. The kit can be found at Barneys New York and


Yarok’s line of Sensory Treatments for Hair and Scalp are designed for specific hair colors. The product is also offered as a treatment at Pashah Salon.

Each hair color responds to different oils and nutrients. For example, a blonde, who has a light, delicate scalp, will benefit from the roman chamomile and coconut oil treatment.

As a redhead – with the thickest hair and the least number of strands – the carrot and rosehip seed oil helps to preserve the red pigment of my hair while stimulating circulation of the scalp.

If you’d like to try the process on your own, without the salon, spend a couple of extra minutes massaging your scalp, then wrap your hair in a towel before your shampoo and conditioning process. Check out


The Ted Gibson Goodnite Replenish Hair Repair Serum is, as the name sounds, meant for use while you’re sleeping. Better yet, it’s designed to absorb into your scalp right so it stays put, and doesn’t end up on your pillow. It even includes the scent of sheer orchid and lavender to help you fall asleep.

The serum will affect your hair’s cuticle, so your hair is provided with the proper moisturizers, proteins and vitamins as it grows. It is available at Saks Fifth Avenue and at the pretty penny of $200 for 4 oz.

If you’d prefer to have a professional handle your scalp woes, check out the scalp detox at the Hiro Haraguchi salon. This treatment promotes hair growth and specifically targets women – or men – who suffer from hair loss or an itchy, flaky scalp. The hour-long cleansing treatment is designed to release toxins and other product build up in the pores of the scalp. It also centers around the autonomic nerve, to which pressure is applied. At home products are supplied during the visit. Check out for more information.

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