#Hairgoals is not just a hashtag on Instagram, ohhhh no. It’s real life inspiration and we’re constantly aiming to achieve it at great lengths (see what we did there?). As you know, nothing feels better than a whole head of luscious locks with enviable shine minus all that split ends or tangling. For that to happen, however, hair spas and treatments are a must.
But let’s be realistic here, we don’t always have the luxury of time to book out an appointment when our hair needs it most. We push back and back on our beloved hairdresser due to work deadlines and the next thing you know, your hair resembles straw and you HAVE to get 2 inches cut off to start all over again. Those great lengths are getting shorter and shorter every month. Darn you overtime.
Not to worry, we’ve got a solution for you and that is… indulging in your own hair spa at home. That way, you are not at the mercy of the salon’s opening hours YET you get to sport a luscious mane that will garner stares as it falls befittingly on your shoulder.
First things first, we have to understand how does a professional hair spa work before formulating yours at home. It target at nourishing the roots and the body of your hair as well as maintaining the health of your scalp, all of which, can be achieved at the convenience of your own home in five simple steps. Here’s where we come into the equation with our trusty step-by-step guide that will teach you how to care for your hair, leaving you with rejuvenated and healthier hair.
The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Refreshingly Purifying Cleansing Hair Scrub, $29
The first step to any treatment is to first cleanse the area you are about to work on. Use a hair scrub to purify and cleanse your scalp from any excess sebum or build-up of impurities, which may cause dandruff. Dermatologists have warned against using chemical-based treatment that only gives temporal results so you should always opt for more natural ingredients in the hair scrub that you are looking at. That way, you’re prepping your scalp and hair follicles for deep nourishing.
We recommend: The Body Shop’s newest Fuji Green Tea Refreshingly Purifying Cleansing Hair Scrub. Made with a blend of Japanese green tea, mint menthol, salt crystals and community trade honey, this is a gentle and silicone-free scrub (oh yes, these nasty microbeads that we warned you about) that helps to stimulate blood circulation, which boosts hair growth. It promises to whisk away impurities such as oil and styling residue as you massage it onto your scalp, leaving your scalp ready for wash.
Before cleansing, grab a hot towel and wrap it around your head to ‘steam’ it for five minutes. This is beneficial as it helps in hydrating any dry patches you have on your parched tresses by locking in moisture and lifting the hair cuticle for better cleansing and absorption of any treatments later. Bonus: Have a cup of coffee while you wait because caffeine stimulates hair growth.
Orbis Rechercher Ayur Radianspa Reset Shampoo, $28
Your scalp is now ready for shampooing. Do remember to use cold or lukewarm water because overly hot water might irritate your scalp and weaken the roots. While you’re at it, use as mild a shampoo as you can.
We recommend: Orbis Rechercher Ayur Radianspa Reset Shampoo. Formulated with organic extracts such as Soapnut and Neem Leaf, this shampoo is said to remove impurities gently by deep cleansing your scalp and hair, strengthening your strands in the process. Bonus: The refreshing blend of Rosemary, Orange Peel and Lavender Oil helps to soothe your senses as you shampoo away.
Kocostar Home Salon Hair Pack, $10, Sephora
After shampooing, skip the usual conditioner and dish out a nourishing hair mask.
We recommend: Kocostar Home Salon Hair Pack. Towel dry your hair for better absorption of hair mask, then place the hair cap around the hair and tuck all loose ends in. Tighten the cap and gently massage your scalp to absorb all nutrients fully. This innovative hair treatment promises to ejuvenate dry and damaged hair. The result? Silkier and softer strands after 20 minutes but do remember to rinse it off.
Sachajuan Intensive Hair Oil, $62, Sephora
Your hair is now ready for the last bit of pampering. Strengthen and moisturise your strands with an intensive hair oil, this not only helps in repairing damaged hair, it also lends a subtle shine and vitality to the overall appearance of your locks.
We recommend: Sachajuan Intensive Hair Oil. Lightweight, this oil applies on easily and gets absorbed rapidly when massaged onto the body of your hair. Fortified with algae extracts, this promises to hydrate and nourish the hair to give maximum shine, volume and stability without weighing down the strands.
Now that your hair spa is complete, your locks will feel silky and soft. However, hair care does not stop there. You need to take note of these seven hair rules as well.
This story first appeared on www.herworldplus.com