Hair SPA atleast once a month does more than just deep cleaning. It helps in moisturizing your hair. A full treatment will take care of dandruff, combat split ends, maintain scalp health, manage oil secretions and deep condition your roots for shine and sheen. Many women swear by how good for the soul a hair spa treatment is. You leave the salon feeling relaxed, calm and revived like leaves in the spring. However it also costs you a good amount of money and time.
However there are ways to have the same benefits at home as well. Yes, Natural hair spa treatments are wonderful and far more recommended than chemical treatments. As per KamaAyurveda.com, even during the Vedic period, women “oiled their hair with Coconut oil scented with Jasmine, Rose, or Sandalwood.” You can also do yourself some salon style hair SPA at home itself! Here’s how you can get a soul-soothing hair treatment without stepping out of the house.
Step 1: Oil Massage
The first step is to oil your hair. You can do this overnight on a Saturday, but those with sensitive or oily skin may find themselves breaking out if they are not careful. If you have oily skin, it’s better to oil your hair for half an hour to an hour before your hair spa. You can use coconut oil, Argan oil, jojoba oil, olive oil or sweet almond oil, or mixtures of any of these oils you have at home.
Step 2: Shampoo
Next, wash your hair with very mild shampoo to take the oil off. Sulfate-free shampoos are recommended. Shampoos with salicylic acid are good for you if you have dandruff. You may want to shampoo twice to make sure the oil is fully removed. Make sure not to use hot water, but use lukewarm water only. Lukewarm water will help to remove clogged dirt out of your scalp better than cold water, which closes pores.
Step 3: Massage with Nourishing Homemade Mix
The third step is to massage your hair with a nourishing concoction made of items from your kitchen. What items you can use, will depend on whether you have a dry, oily or combination scalp.
After you massage, you should leave the mixture in your hair for about ten minutes. To keep the mess away from your floor, you can wear a shower cap. Rinse off after 10 minutes.
Step 4: Steaming
The next step is to steam your hair and let all the nutrients you’ve applied so far, soak into the shafts of your strands. Take a towel dipped in very warm water, squeeze the water out and wrap the towel around your head. This is the traditional way we all know since ages. Wearing gloves when you handle the warm towel will help you tolerate the heat. You don’t want the water to be burning hot, just warm enough to make you sweat a little. That’s when the pores in your scalp will open and the nutrients will be absorbed in. The warmth will also raise the cuticles or scale-like protective coating on your hair so that the nutrients can enter the shaft of the hair.
Step 5: Deep Conditioning Hair Mask or Hair Pack
Next comes one of the most important parts of a homemade hair spa. You can use a deep conditioning hair spa cream. But you can also make your own homemade hair mask. Many women traditionally swear by Reetha, Shikakai, Amla packs for shiny, strong hair. Mix 2 tbsp each of Reetha powder, Shikakai powder, Multani mitti powder and Amla powder in a cup of water in which you’ve boiled some curry leaves, and the juice of a lemon. Leave the pack on for 10 minutes or so, then wash off.
You can also make a hair mask out of other ingredients like eggs (beaten until frothy) and lemon juice (good for frizz control) or olive oil. There are other options as well. Like, honey hair mask is good for dandruff while avocado hair mask stimulates hair growth, among other things. If you’re using oil, you should also use a mild shampoo afterwards to remove the oil.
Step 6: Apply a homemade hair Serum
The final step would be to nourish your hair with some homemade hair serum instead of the typical silicone-based commercial serums. The purpose of the serum is to quick fix the surface of your hair by getting rid of tangles and frizz. It also adds shine to your hair and protect your hair against humidity and heat. The best time to apply serum is when your hair is damp after washing the mask off. It’s best not to handle your hair too much after it has dried.
A mixture of 2 tbsp each of almond oil, Argan oil, jojoba oil and grapeseed oil, mixed with 4 tbsp of avocado oil is a standard homemade serum many women with dull hair swear by. Or you can also mix 4 tbsp castor oil with half the amount of coconut oil. If you have limp, brittle hair and want to add volume and strength, break 2 vitamin E capsules into 8 tbsp of grapeseed oil and add about ten drops of lavender oil into the mix for a nourishing, strengthening serum. If all this is getting complex for you, you can simply buy a hair serum from the market.
You can weave the salon style hair SPA at home into your haircare routine twice a month. After you’ve done it a couple of times, you’ll get the hang of doing it all yourself. With time, you’ll definitely see less hair fall and more glossy, healthy hair!