In 2008 my friend Vicky and I did our second USA road trip. We started in Seattle. Of course, with a day free there, I headed straight for Sephora.
There was a lady standing next to the Phyto products – who asked us if she could take a photograph of our scalps to see if there was any congestion. I’m a little bit fascinated with things like this.
The result was, that both of us could indeed do with clearing our hair follicles, for new growth to come through. More than one hair is meant to grow through each follicle, and when there is build up on the scalp, healthy hairs can’t always grow as they should, sometimes they are stopped from growing at all.
I had always used salon bought shampoo, and Vicky at this time, wasn’t doing the same. The build up on her scalp was more extreme than mine. We are constantly hearing that cheap shampoos leave a film on the hair and scalp, which for the first while of using, makes the hair feel fabulous – smooth – as it is being coated. But after a while, the coating builds up and hair becomes lank, and feels as if it needs constant washing, which in turn means more and more product going on to the hair.
We both bought a bottle of Phyto Phytopolleine Scalp Stimulant, we used it religiously. She called me one day – perhaps two months after returning home – saying her hairdresser had pointed out she had notable regrowth, and had asked her if there was any reason for this. A couple of weeks later I was in Nevilles, and Stephen Low, my hairdresser said I had lots of new hair coming through. We were both delighted.
I have a new bottle of the oil at home, that I have been so lazy with using. And I thought of it last week, whilst in a reflexology appointment with Paolo Lai. He was talking about the Shu Uemura hair range and said I should try their brush that stimulates the scalp. I have to confess I am not a big brusher of my hair at all. I often literally wash and go. I never carry a hairbrush, I just detangle my hair with my fingers. The only time I use a hairbrush is if I am blow drying, and even then, I don’t really brush it. Paolo told me this is not good. For the same reasons, that the lady in Seattle, had given us. The scalp needs clearing and exfoliating, brushing stimulates blood flow, and helps healthy hair grow.
This can be done with a brush with soft bristles and a padded cushion – it doesn’t specifically have to be the Shu Uemura brush – although I have to say will never let go of this brush now I have tried it.
In the Shu Uemura ceremony, that I am yet to try – available in salons – including Nevilles. The hair and scalp is brushed through from every direction – forward, backward, and from side to side. I have been doing this myself once a day, and it is amazing how ‘alive’ my head feels. It’s the same feeling you get after a vigorous body brush.
I am convinced my hair will be thicker and stronger if I continue. The 100 strokes before bed – is something I’m bringing back!
Shu Uemura Art of Hair Paddle Brush £39.00 –
http://www.allbeauty.com/shu (free delivery)
Phyto Phytopolleine Scalp Stimulant £24.50
Link to Paolo Lai’s facebook page – he’s a fountain of knowledge
On another note – a note that is pretty much completely irrelevant in terms of beauty – here is our road trip video – in which we met Lisa from Phyto. This has been little watched in comparison to our Route 66 version, and although Pacific Coast Highway isn’t as famous as Route 66, I hate to think of this one – and some of my finest editing work – being overlooked!