For many years Diyana Abd Aziz has experienced itchiness and white flakes on her scalp, and has resorted to various products to solve her problem.

Diyana, 24, has been wearing a hijab or head scarf since high school and looking at the tiny white flakes she believed that it was dandruff.

When Kerastase, a French luxury haircare brand, relaunched its Kerastase Specifique scalp and hair treatment, it’s hair problems like Diyana’s that they had in mind.

To understand her hair issues Diyana, who has long curly hair, underwent the Kerastase Specifique treatment at Gracesalon in Kuala Lumpur.

“The Kerastase Specifique treatment was created to address scalp-related issues like sensitivity, itchiness, dandruff, hair loss and oily roots,” Grace Leong, artistic director of Gracesalon explains.

“This treatment is suitable for everyone and in our hot weather and high humidity, we find it more apparent for people to have scalp problems. We also discovered that a majority of those who wear the hijab are prone to scalp problems too,” Leong says.

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Diyana Abd Aziz who has experienced itchiness and flakes on her scalp learnt the cause of her problems after undergoing the Kerastase Specifique treatment. Photos: The Star/Raymond Ooi

Catering to Muslim women who wear the hijab, a luxuriously designed area of the salon is segregated for women to have privacy in removing their hijab for hair treatments. The three-seat area is connected to a washing area so the women need not leave the private area. Male relatives or friends of the customer and male staff are not allowed in.

The treatment starts with a scalp diagnosis using the Kerastase Scalp analyser.

“I thought I had dandruff but after this diagnosis I learnt that it’s not dandruff!” Diyana says with surprise.

The device magnified her scalp, showing redness, flakes and a yellow layer of oil.

“I was told that the flaking is because my scalp is dry, oily and sensitive,” says the English Communication Diploma graduate from Kuantan.

To soothe and reduce sensitivity for Diyana’s scalp, the Kerastase Specifique Masquargil Clay Mask, Kerastase Specifique Bain Riche Dermo-Calm Cleansing Soothing Shampoo, Kerastase Specifique Cure Intense Anti-Discomfort Soothing Care for sensitive scalp and the Kerastase Specifique Masque Hydra-Apaisant, were used.

Firstly, the Masquargil Clay Mask, a deep cleanse mask was applied on the scalp and massaged for 10 minutes.

Diyana says that the Kerastase Bain Riche Dermo-Calm Shampoo felt very cool and for sensitive scalp that feels itchy likes hers, the cooling effect is very refreshing.

Grace Leong says the Kerastase Specifique treatment addresses scalp-related issues like sensitivity, itchiness, dandruff, hair loss and oily roots.

Grace Leong says the Kerastase Specifique treatment addresses scalp-related issues like sensitivity, itchiness, dandruff, hair loss and oily roots.

Next the Kerastase Specifique Masque Hydra-Apaisant for hydrating hair was applied. This is a mask for scalp and hair, and suits various scalp problems.

Hair is then washed and while damp, the Kerastase Specifique Cure Intense Anti-Discomfort Soothing Care is sprayed onto the scalp with the microniser. After a blow dry Diyana’s scalp is analysed again.

“I saw less redness, no oily layer and just some tiny flakes. All this while I thought the itchiness was due to the dandruff!”

“My head feels lighter and there is no itchiness or discomfort on my scalp, which I have been experiencing daily,” says Diyana after the treatment.

When rushing for time in the morning Diyana wears her hijab while her hair is damp after washing. “With public transport I sweat profusely and even after my hair is washed my scalp feels irritated,” she says.

Leong advised Diyana to dry her hair completely before wearing the hijab to keep her scalp and hair healthy.

“While certain shampoos help my curls stay nice, they may not be good for my scalp. Also, I realised I have been going for hair treatments, but not scalp treatments,” Diyana says.

“There are Kerastase Specifique products for home use but it’s better to do it at a salon where you can get a consultation, scalp analysis and access to the device for product application,” says Leong.

“For the first three treatments it is advisable to have it done between two and four weeks. After that it can be done every six to eight weeks.”


 

The Kerastase Specique treatment starts from RM200 and is by appointment only at authorised Kerastase salons. For more information visit www.kerastase.com.my.