The skinification of haircare is evergrowing. We are treating our mane with increasing TLC, just like we do our skin. From several step regimens to cleansers and exfoliants, there are more haircare steps than ever before. Now, we can add primers to the list of things we need to incorporate. If this all feels a bit excessive, remember that the skin under your hair (hello, scalp) is super duper sensitive and has gotten sadly used to years of neglect. It’s time to show our scalp some love – and that means only good things for our locks. We asked Wella’s Richelle Lizarraga—the Senior Manager of Digital Education and Wella Professionals Care & Styling—all about the scalp primer. Read on to discover what she had to say about the newest haircare product.
Who Should Use a Scalp Primer?
Richelle says you should try Marula Oil Blend Scalp Primer if you:
- You experience an unpleasant sensation during salon services, such as tingling, burning, or slight itching.
- You feel a sensation and/or redness that is limited to the area of contact and clears up rapidly. This can happen at the start, during color application, or directly after rinsing the color off.
- You are seeking a pleasant hair coloring experience or more enjoyable experience during on-scalp lightening.
- You’d like to maintain a moisturized scalp for an extended period of time.
Scalp Primer Benefits
The benefits of a scalp primer are clear: If we can prevent any pain during our next highlights appointment and keep our scalp protected, we’re completely on board. “Protecting and calming the scalp is a top priority for most salon clients,” Richelle shares. “Marula Oil Blend Scalp Primer is designed to build a moisturizing protective layer, instantly reducing scalp discomfort during oxidative color and lightening services.”
But how should it be applied?. There are two major uses for Marula Oil Blend Scalp Primer, according to Richelle:
- It protects the scalp: Marula Oil Blend Scalp Primer is recommended before oxidative color services or on-scalp lightening for anyone with scalp sensitivity.
- The primer helps retain moisture: Marula Oil Blend Scalp Primer can also be applied to the scalp for clients who’d like to protect their scalp while preventing the loss of moisture. This is ideal for clients who receive protective styles such as knotless braids, twist outs, or on-scalp braiding.
Fortunately, it’s relatively easy to use. “When a Marula Oil Blend Scalp Primer is applied before color or lightener, it’ll be cleansed away with the salon service. When it’s applied for protective styles, like braids, it can be left on the scalp without rinsing,” says Richelle.
The Importance of Scalp Care
“The scalp is an extension of the face and we need to treat our scalps with the same care as our face to provide an environment for healthy hair,” Richelle notes. “Sensitive skin, whether on the scalp or otherwise, is classically a self-perceived condition of the skin that is regarded as (hyper) reactivity to various causes, and can differ day to day and person to person depending on a variety of factors.”
All About Marula Oil
We’ve heard a lot about marula over the last few years and that’s because it truly is a miraculous hero ingredient. “The marula oil is extracted from the kernels of the African marula fruit tree. Marula oil is known for advanced moisture protection and is compatible with various skin types. It has been used by ancient tribes to moisturize the skin,” she adds of this arid climate-thriving tree.
The Marula Oil Blend Scalp Primer is dermatologically and clinically tested, vegan, fragrance-free, and colorants free, so it’s suitable/gentle enough for frequent use.