Hair-Care Tips

‘I’ve Been a Stylist for 40 Years, and This Inflammation-Busting Scalp Massage Rivals the Salon’

Zoe Weiner

Photo: Getty Images/ Sade Kinner / EyeEm

The term “scalp scrub” often conjures images of harsh sugar or salt exfoliants designed to physically slough away dirt and dead skin; however, if you’re dealing with any sort of itching or inflammation—two signs that your scalp is in need of some TLC—the thought of actually using a product like that can sound admittedly unpleasant. Thanks to legendary hairstylist Frédéric Fekkai, you can have a salon-grade inflammation-busting scalp treatment at home using the new Fekkai CBD Calming Supreme Scalp + Body Oil ($52).

Between changes in the weather and the fact that we’re all spending most of our time indoors, red, dry, and itchy scalps (and the dull, lifeless hair that comes as a result of these issues) are exceedingly common right now. This treatment is designed to treat all three. It’s made with 300 milligrams of CBD, which is known for its inflammation-fighting properties and can be used on the scalp or anywhere on the body. “The CBD relaxes the scalp, which allows you to move [your fingerpads around between hair] more easily and gets the oxygen flowing [to the skin],” says Fekkai. In addition to making the quality of your scalp, better off, this treatment also benefits the way your hair falls, as well. “This gives you more texture, and all of a sudden, the hair has movement,” he says.

Shop now: Fekkai CBD Calming Supreme Scalp + Body Oil, $52

Photo: Fekkai

Shop now: Fekkai CBD Calming Supreme Scalp + Body Oil, $52

While the ingredients alone are enough to work some serious magic at your roots, you’ll reap their full benefits when you take the time to give yourself a proper scalp massage. “Put a few drops of oil on the top of your head, the temples, and the back of the head, moving your scalp with your fingertips in a circular motion, then in a front-to-back motion, then from side to side,” says Fekkai, noting that the whole process should take seven minutes. “By doing it this way, we activate the blood cells in the scalp and the follicles start to get oxygen, which brings shine and volume to the hair.” ICYWW: You can do it immediately before you shampoo, or leave it on overnight and wash it out in the morning.

One editor who tried the treatment for herself (at the hands of Fekkai and his expert massaging technique) called it “so good,” and credited it for soothing the quarantine-induced scalp inflammation she’s been dealing with. Though it’s an oil, as long as you rinse it properly, it won’t leave your hair feeling greasy or weighed down. Ahh-inducing, indeed.

Need some more proof that you should be scrubbing your scalp on the reg? Check out the video below to see what happened when one W+G staffer checked hers out under a microscope (but be warned… it’s pretty gross). 

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