The high-frequency hair & scalp treatment has been mentioned in many beauty blogs recently. The therapy is widely used to tackle hair loss and dandruff and works by stimulating hair follicles with the help of UV and high-frequency rays.
But is this scalp treatment effective and safe? How does it work? Let's dig deeper into the procedure and potential benefits and side effects.
What Is High-Frequency Treatment For Hair?
10 minute add-on to any facial or massage treatment
We think this treatment is a must for Bend’s dry climate and thinning hair. We use a special glass high frequency hair comb, our powerful hair serum and luxurious scalp massage to transform hair and scalp and promote hair growth.
The experience is deeply relaxing. Your practitioner will begin by dividing your hair into partitions and combing it through with the high frequency glass comb. There will be a sharp smell created by ozone that is normal and is not a sign of a problem- we think it smells like rain! You can expect to feel a tingling sensation over the treatment area. No pain is to be expected. After the procedure is done, you'll receive a relaxing scalp massage with our specially formulated hair oil.
Benefits of High Frequency for Healthy Hair
Revitalizes the Scalp
One of the most prominent benefits of high frequency is that the gentle electrical currents stimulate the skin and create a purifying ozone layer next to the skin. The tingling and the vibration from high frequency improves the blood circulation in the scalp and helps revitalizing the dormant hair follicles.
Calms and Soothes the Scalp
There are several reasons your scalp becomes itchy. Accumulation of dead skin cells, formation of bacteria, and dryness are the most common. The gentle electrical current from the wand creates an ozone layer next to the skin, purifying the surface of the skin and decongesting the pores.
The electrical current balancing natural oils to deeply hydrate the scalp. When your scalp is well-moisturized, it can come back into its natural, healthy state.
Supports Healthy Hair Growth
- stimulates the hair follicles actively to promote new hair growth
- exfoliates (removes dead skin cells)
- encourages natural oil balance in the scalp
- cleanses the hair roots and allows the strands to grow easily and quickly.
- improves the blood circulation in your scalp
- allows products to penetrate the skin more effectively
- reduces hair fall
The History of High Frequency Treatment
Renowned scientist, Nikola Tesla, developed the first high frequency appliancein the late 1800’s. It was largely used in medicine to treat strep throat and other infections and to expedite wound healing. High frequency is traditionally referred to as the “Tesla current”.
French biophysicist Jacques-Arsène d’Arsonval also did early work in the area of electrotherapy. In 1892 he introduced the use of high frequency currents to treat disease in skin and mucous membranes.
Over the next hundred years, high frequency became quickly recognized as the leading treatment for many skin conditions ranging from acne to wrinkles to hair loss because it is considered a very safe and non-invasive approach to skin rejuvenation. By 1980, the technology was widely used in North America by skin care professionals.
The Science of High Frequency
The high-frequency hair treatment machine is a transparent rod-like tool with two different removable knobs or combs that generate electrical stimulation when it touches the scalp.
A glass bulb is fixed to the high-frequency rod, when applied to the surface of the skin, a mild electrical current passes through the neon, or argon gas filled glass electrode, causing it to emit a subtle glow and buzzing noise. Depending on the inert gas that they are filled with, the electrodes produce either a neon red/orange or violet/blue light.
During the high frequency treatment, ozone molecules are produced that create warming and a purifying action at the surface of the skin. Heat increases cirulation in the skin which brings more nutrients and hydration to the area while flushing out toxins. The skin is left feeling instantly energized and noticeably softer after just one treatment.
The safe and gentle alternating current and oxygenating power of high frequency is widely used in medical settings to enhance blood circulation, increase collagen and elastin production, eliminate toxins and acne-causing bacteria, encourage lymphatic drainage, exfoliate dead skin cells and improve skin care product absorption. The primary action of high frequency current is thermal (heat producing) and is characterized by a high rate of oscillation.
High-frequency treatment to support hair growth is relatively new and lacks scientific backing regarding its benefits. All claims of improving hair growth are purely anecdotal.
Who Should Avoid High Frequency?
If you have any of the following:
- Headaches / Migraines (high frequency emits a buzzing sound)
- Excessive dental fillings / Braces (can cause strong metallic taste in mouth)
If you're unsure if high frequency treatment is right for you, please consult your doctor before booking your appointment.
Angelina Swanson is the founder and chief formulator at aos [ angelina organic skincare ]. A self-described plant chemistry nerd, she's spent more than thirty years researching and developing skincare formulas that keep our skin healthy and radiant.
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