Worried about your dry and damaged hair even after using the premium brands in the market?
Dull and lifeless hair making it impossible to leave your hair open?
Whatever your hair worry, today’s post is for everyone who has issues with their hair – it’s all about hair spa.
The word SPA just takes me to another world altogether. Is there any one person who hates pampering? I bet there are none and if there is one, I will surely take a one-on-one. (Yup, at times I write great poetry too!!!)
I am not the kinds who religiously visit beauty parlors. I wait till I start looking really wild. The frequent change of cities has affected my hair tremendously.
In my almost-5-years of married life, my hair has started looking limp. No, the marriage isn’t the culprit, but the water in Hyderabad is. It has been really harsh on my tresses. So once while chatting with my cousin sister living abroad; I was enlightened on the benefits of opting for a hair spa at least once in a month.
What is Hair Spa?
Hair Spa is a glorious, rehydrating, healing therapy to restore the essential oils and moisture. This has gained momentum in this chemically polluted, dusty, stressful and busy day and age, as it is the best hair treatment for damaged hair. It strengthens each hair follicle making your hair stronger, softer, silkier, smoother and shinier. It also includes massaging that relaxes us from head to toe which in turn soothes and rejuvenates every cell of our body.
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What is hair spa procedure practiced at saloons?
Let me tell you about the fantastic experience I had at my first treatment.
- It all starts with a clarifying / cleansing shampoo which removes the residues of all the styling products you use and preps your hair to soak in the nutrients and conditioner.
- Then a special hair mask is applied to every strand of hair from root to tip and then the scalp is massaged. This gives back all the lost, precious oil necessary for a lustrous hair growth and restores shine and bounce.
- After this heavenly massage, hair is neatly tied into a high bun and exposed to steam for 5 – 10 minutes. Steaming opens the cuticles of the hair which help to retain more moisture.
- Again there is a 5 to 10 minutes massage and finally the hair is tied and kept for another half an hour to 45 minutes.
- Finally wash with plain water, air drying and setting of hair.
This procedure roughly takes around 1 hour and the results are fantastic. Forget the world and bask in the cocoon of relaxation as your hair indulges in this divine treatment.
Benefits of hair spa:
- Strengthens the hair follicles, nurtures the roots and revives the scalp
- Regulates the oil secretions
- Fuels blood circulation
- Puts a check on dull and frizzy hair
- Clears the pores and helps to retain the moisture which naturally conditions the hair
- Helps to fight problems like hair-fall, dandruff and split-ends
- Relaxes the whole body and de-stresses the mind, body and soul
- An excellent solution for hair which undergoes frequent ironing, curling, drying; chemically treated hair; colored hair and hair frequently exposed to the sun, pollution and other chemicals
- Great for the ones who ride two-wheelers and use helmets regularly
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5 Hair spa treatments which can be done at home:
These hair spa treatments can get a little heavy on the pockets, but don’t worry; we have solutions for this as well. These simple at home spa treatments can be done without creating a big dent in your pocket.
#1. Ripe banana mask:
Blend one banana, 3 teaspoons olive oil, coconut oil or almond oil and one egg. Apply for 20 minutes, followed by a mild shampoo and conditioner suitable for your hair. It helps in preventing split-ends and leaves your hair soft.
#2. Egg mask:
Beat an egg along with required quantity of oil. Apply the mixture, wrap a warm towel and leave it for 15 to 20 minutes. Follow by mild shampoo and conditioner suitable for your hair.
Eggs are a rich source of protein and are very good for damaged hair.
#3. Hot oil massage:
Warm any oil like coconut, olive or almond, massage well into your scalp in circular motions. After 20 minutes when the oil sinks into the hair and scalp properly, wrap a warm towel and leave it for 15 minutes. Follow by mild shampoo and conditioner.
#4. Coconut milk and rose powder mask:
Apply oil well into your hair and scalp.
Grind / grate coconut and squeeze out the milk. Mix rose powder and one spoon of any oil which suits your hair. Rose powder is available in all the Ayurvedic or medical shops otherwise you can make your own rose powder by grinding the dried rose petals into very fine powder. Rinse with a mild shampoo and conditioner.
This is good for dry hair as it nourishes your hair follicles and deep conditions your hair.
#5. Aloe vera mask:
Take fresh aloe vera pulp, a little water, one teaspoon oil and one teaspoon lemon juice. Beat it well to get the right consistency. Apply it in your scalp and leave for 15 – 20 minutes. Rinse with a mild shampoo and follow with conditioner.
Aloe vera is a wonder plant which makes an excellent hair mask for hair fall, itchy scalp, maintains the pH balance of your hair, tames frizzy hair and detangles your hair with ease.
You can also try out a simple DIY neem hair mask.
Treat yourself with this heavenly experience at least once a month and the ones who are home – bound can go for hair masks once in two weeks.
Have you tried hair spa? Do you do hair spa at home or at parlor? Please share your hair spa experiences and homemade hair masks with us.