What Is HydraFacial Keravive?
We might want to start this conversation by explaining what a HydraFacial Keravive is. As you might have guessed from the name, it is a treatment for your face to clean and extract dirt from the skin before hydrating it. This is not done by hand, as with a traditional facial, but instead a medical-grade wand that first sweeps away dead skin cells. It also opens pores so they can be extracted, achieved with a vacuum-powered method that sucks out “gunk.”
But this is not just any wand. It contains two chambers, one that cleans the skin while the other delivers an elixir of nourishing ingredients like vitamin C and hyaluronic acid. In one treatment, we essentially provide a hydration mask, microdermabrasion, and peel.
The Connection to Your Scalp
The HydraFacial Keravive does for the scalp what its facial treatment does for the face. It, too, involves three distinct steps:
- Cleanse and exfoliate to remove impurities, oil, and dirt
- Hydrate and nourish by delivering skin proteins and growth factors for healthier hair
- Extend and enhance with an at-home spray that continues to hydrate and nourish the scalp
With its multi-faceted approach, this treatment unclogs hair follicles and improves circulation for enhanced hair growth. It is safe for all skin and hair types with a recommended regimen of three in-office treatments and a 90-day supply of the topical home-use spray.
Constant Abuse to the Scalp
Without even knowing it, a string of everyday routines can cause the scalp to become unhealthy. These range from stress and poor eating habits to the use of such products as hairspray and dry shampoo. Products can especially wreak havoc, as they eventually build around and clog hair follicles. You see the results of this in hair that is brittle, breaks easily, and looks dry.
The frequency with which you wash your hair also factors into scalp health. Shampoos and conditioners often contain such damaging ingredients as parabens, alcohol, and sulfates. These strip the hair and scalp of natural oils to cause skin flaking and irritation. But not washing your hair isn’t the answer either; this can be just as harmful, allowing oils and styling products to accumulate and stifle hair growth.
Other factors that affect the scalp include:
- Hair dye
- Hormone fluctuations
- Prescription medications
Technically, hair strands are dead, but the follicles from which they grow are alive. This is why harm done to the scalp has such a damaging effect on hair. In addition to the offenses listed above, the scalp also falls victim to heat from styling tools. The bottom line is that anything you do to your hair also impacts the scalp, and vice versa. A clean and healthy scalp, therefore, shows in hair that is strong and shiny.
The Appearance of an Unhealthy Scalp
Because we don’t actually see the scalp, we must rely on the state of our tresses for information about its health. Signs to watch for include:
- Hair falling out
- Limp or greasy strands
- Change in hair texture
- Uncontrolled flakiness
- Lack of growth
A healthy head of hair can only be achieved with clean and clear hair follicles that aren’t bogged down by sebum (oil) or dead skin. You can further help by eating a healthy diet, drinking plenty of water, and getting your Keravive treatments.
We’ve all felt the occasional itch that demands attention, but a seriously itchy scalp is a sign of distress. This happens for a variety of reasons, but in terms of scalp hygiene, the primary culprits are a reaction to a hair care product or skin irritated by a coating of sweat and sebum. When you scratch, you may even feel bumps that indicate breakouts – also signs of clogged pores and inflammation.
How Hydrafacial Keravive Helps
This treatment is, almost literally, like a facial for the scalp. An entire lifetime of neglecting to exfoliate this area can squeeze the life out of hair follicles. Even when you think your scalp is clean, such as after a shower, residue from hair products and a buildup of dead skin cells can still mean lurking bacteria and dirt. This translates to poor scalp hygiene no matter how often you wash your hair.
Keravive uses a patented product made with extremely strong peptides and proteins to improve scalp health. But the treatment doesn’t stop there. As stated earlier, it is a three-step process that targets the skin on your head for deep cleaning and exfoliation. While shampoos and conditioners work on the hair, they do nothing for the scalp. You need additional and targeted treatment.
What to Expect
We recommend you arrive for your session with clean and dry hair. You might be surprised to learn this therapy doesn’t require re-styling of the hair. It can, in fact, be done on a lunch hour without anyone knowing you’ve undergone treatment.
Even better, we recommend that you not re-wash your hair before continuing with your day. This allows the treatment to properly absorb. But don’t worry; you won’t have to go all day with unsightly residue. Your hair will still look fine.
The Treatment Steps
The first step is that of vacuuming away the buildup stifling your hair follicles and scalp. This is technically known as the cleaning and exfoliating step, and it works on a much deeper level than at-home products. It also feels pleasant, producing a tingling along the scalp like that of mint shampoo.
This intense cleansing – which, again, does not hurt but instead feels rather nice – prepares the scalp for the second step. This is the delivery of growth factors and proteins to promote hair health at the root. Then, finally, we provide a serum that nourishes and stimulates the scalp.
After only one treatment, patients usually see a dramatic improvement in scalp flakiness, dryness, and itchiness. Hair also appears fuller. After three treatments:
- 75 percent of patients have thicker hair
- 72 percent of patients have better-looking hair overall
- 64 percent of patients report feeling more confident
The key is in how Keravive works. It treats the scalp as it would skin on the face; that is to say, it helps bridge the span between skincare and correction by creating a foundation so subsequent treatments can work better. This includes the serum that is applied as the final in-office treatment step and the at-home topical spray that also comes with this therapy.
What Is the Topical Spray?
This spray is meant for use between in-office sessions to extend and enhance treatments. You are to use it daily, starting the day after your in-office session. It provides the scalp and follicles with daily stimulation to help tresses grow longer and thicker.
To use, you simply spray once or twice to each area of concern. You only need to use it once a day, and by applying the nozzle directly to the scalp, you’ll deliver targeted treatment. After spraying, use your fingertips to massage the solution into the treated area. Applying this product in the evening allows it to remain on the scalp overnight for deeper penetration.
Works With Other Treatments
Keravive is designed to work with other treatments, not replace them. This means you can safely use it with solutions like Rogaine and plasma therapy for hair loss. These therapies will actually work better thanks to a cleaner canvas free of pore-clogging debris.
Frequently Asked Questions
Patients tend to have very specific questions with regard to HydraFacial Keravive reviews, starting with how soon after treatment will hair dry. The answer to this is about 15 to 20 minutes. In this same vein, you can use hair products after your scalp is dried. And, as stated earlier, we recommend you wait to wash your hair at least six hours. It will be even better if you can wait until the next day, to allow the treatment to thoroughly absorb.
Using Styling Tools
We further caution that you wait to use hot styling tools until the treatment has had at least one hour to dry. This recommendation holds for the at-home spray as well; apply it at least one hour before you need to style your hair with products and/or heat.
Choosing Shampoo and Conditioner
We don’t suggest you use a specific shampoo or conditioner after treatment. One recommendation we can make is this: reach for cleansers and conditioners that include AHA/BHA or exfoliators. This is the best way to maintain scalp health.
The benefits of scalp exfoliation cannot be exaggerated. It removes buildup – including that from even a seemingly simple product like mousse – and creates a healthy environment for hair growth. It’s a little like dusting your home in that removing debris helps you breathe more easily. This principle extends to the scalp and allows hair follicles to also breathe.
Candidates for Treatment
Because Keravive does not affect hair dye, those with color-treated tresses can receive treatment. The same is true of patients with extensions, both bonded and tape-in varieties. It is important to note the at-home spray should be applied to the scalp, not the extensions. Additionally, Keravive does not interact with supplements or prescription medications.
We do advise that women who are pregnant or nursing delay treatment. This is one of the few exclusions; the treatment is even recommended safe enough for those with seborrheic dermatitis. It can, in fact, help reduce scalp flaking.
This therapy does not damage hair, so you don’t need to worry about it changing hair quality. You may experience some shedding in the days after treatment, but this is not a negative sign. Just the opposite, it shows the scalp is returning to a state of health. Those hairs would have been shed anyway, so the fact that they were released sooner suggests the treatment is working.
This spray will not stain bed sheets or pajamas. It is also free of color and odor, so you can safely use it in the evening before going to bed. Alternatively, you can use it during the day without adversely affecting your clothes.
Improved Scalp Health Means Improved Hair
You can simultaneously improve your scalp health and encourage longer, thicker hair with a HydraFacial Keravive treatment. Many patients incorporate this into their schedule for monthly maintenance. It is safe, effective, and provides deep nourishment and hydration. Call the Restore Center for Aesthetics in Munster, IN to schedule your appointment today.