Hair spa should be a part of your hair growth therapy routine, if it isn’t already. This is because if your hair roots are weak, the consequences you face are most likely dull and under-nourished hair, or even hair fall in the worst case. Nobody wants a receding hairline during their 30s, 40s or 50s.
That’s why it helps to carve out time to make an appointment at Spa Jelita to experience a journey that is a cradle of traditional Arabian customs and modern practices. Here you’ll get glossy hair and nourished scalp with their hair spa treatments, with a 10% discount on a-la-carte services. Promos will apply to all ZaZaZu members with a free 10-minute neck massage…aahh.
But on the other hand, if you have started to look after your hair for some time now, you would have learnt to do a hair spa at home in just 5 easy steps – massage, steam, shampoo, condition and treat. Here, we share five easy steps that you may follow if you are starting it altogether.
Step #1 – Massage your scalp with love.
Can scalp massage stimulate hair growth? The short answer is no. There is no scientific evidence to support increased hair growth when you massage your scalp. However, according to research, scalp massage increases hair thickness by stretching the cells of hair follicles. This, in turn, stimulates the follicles to produce thicker hair.
To start, divide your hair into sections starting from the bottom. Then warm a generous drop of hair treatment oil in your hands. Use the fingertips of both hands to apply light to medium pressure along the lines, moving in small circles. Work your way across your scalp to cover all areas.
You can use almond oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, olive oil, sesame oil, lavender oil or peppermint oil for this step. But be sure to do a patch test on a small area of your skin first to make sure you are not allergic.
Step #2 – It’s about to get hot and steamy up here.
Steaming is using moist heat to open the hair cuticle to allow benefits of hair treatment oils to penetrate deeper into the hair fiber for maximum hydration and moisturization, particularly after a good massage. This is why you should not be washing out the oil after your massage just yet. You should leave the oils on the scalp as you get hot and steamy up there. Essentially, you want your hair to absorb all the vapours from the nourishing oils as the machine puffs behind you like a merry old smoker.
Consider wrapping your hair first as it is a technique that has been used for donkey’s years. You may take a medium-sized towel, dip it into warm water and squeeze out any excess water before you wrap it around your head. If your hair is only slightly thirsty, 10-20 minutes of steaming should do the job. If it feels more dry and damaged, leave it for a good 20-30 minutes.
Step #3 – Shampoo, shampoo, shampoo.
For an effective cleansing of your tresses, you should consider the needs of your hair so as to have a happy scalp after your hair spa day at home. Knowing your scalp is the key to luxurious hair, so you should pick up a shampoo designed for your scalp by following the general rules below:
- For normal scalp – choose a shampoo with an evenly balanced formulation of detergents. There are a range of different shampoos available in the market, targeted for normal hair types.
- For oily scalp – pick up shampoos that say ‘volumising’, ‘strengthening’ or ‘balancing’ to deal with the excess oil. Avoid moisturizing, hydrating shampoos or shampoos for curly, frizzy hair.
- For dry scalp – choose gentle formulations which promote moisturisation, hydration or helps soothe the frizz, to keep your scalp hydrated. Avoid volumising, fortifying or strengthening shampoos as they tend to make your scalp even drier.
Some people may also choose shampoos that contain natural ingredients and essential oils to add some glory to their blessed possession. While others choose to wash it with water only. Either way, we don’t think there is anything wrong but be sure to finish with a cold rinse or lukewarm rinse. Try not to use hot water to rinse your hair, as this may increase hair fall and damage the root.
Step #4 – Slather on some conditioner.
With an at home hair spa, your hair care routine does not have to end after a shampoo. Another absolutely wonderful step – conditioning – is what you will be doing once you cleanse your locks. To perfectly condition your hair, work the conditioner between your palms and finger-comb it in starting at least an inch from your scalp. Comb it down to the tips and gently rub it in. Then go back and massage your scalp and roots with the tiny bit of conditioner that remains on your hands. Your roots don’t need to be conditioned as much as your tips since your scalp produces its own natural oil.
Remember to rinse thoroughly before moving to the last step – hair treatment.
Step #5 – Treat your hair to a hair mask.
There is a lot to be said for using hair masks for your hair treatment. First of all, you’ve probably heard of, or perhaps tried, a face mask. Just as a face mask works to nourish and hydrate your skin, a hair mask works in a similar way to boost the condition and health of your hair.
Secondly, a hair mask is usually left on your hair for longer (unlike hair conditioner) and may range anywhere from 20 minutes to several hours. When buying these products, look for hair masks that contain natural ingredients like oils, butters and plant extracts, without chemicals and preservatives. Make sure to massage the mask in with your fingers or by using a gentle brush. After that, simply wash your scalp like you would with a conditioner. Now your hair is shinier, stronger and healthier than ever.