Caring for your hair requires patience, a routine, and understanding of your hair type and associated requirements. While a wide variety of products, regimens, and techniques are available, you could also opt for a hair spa right from the comfort of your home.
Doing a hair spa at home will allow you control over the ingredients and products you use, and will help you nourish and protect your hair.
So, are you ready for a relaxing hair spa session?
Step 1: Oiling
Start by oiling the hair, to hydrate and soften the hair. Oiling also helps in warding off infections, such as lice, and strengthens the roots. It provides a nourishing effect due to the various vitamins and minerals present in it.
As per research by the International Journal of Trichology, hair oiling has a protective effect, as it prevents hair damage. Hair oils have the ability to penetrate into the hair cuticle and cortex, ensuring that hair is protected from hair fall and infections. Start the spa session by massaging the oil for at least twenty minutes, across the scalp and the entire length of your hair. You could both make and buy off the shelf hair oils based on natural ingredients, such as reetha and kalonji, peppermint, rosemary, and lavender.
Step 2: Steaming
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For the next step, steam your hair for a maximum of fifteen minutes. Over-steaming may lead to hair damage, so be mindful of that.
Steaming is a great way to cleanse and open up your pores, that helps loosen any build-up of dirt and relaxes the scalp. Moreover, steaming promotes blood circulation as the combination of warm steam and an increase in perspiration dilates your blood vessels, boosting blood flow that nourishes your hair.
Step 3: Wash it out
To wash out the oil and moisture build-up, use a mild hair rinse. You could buy one with natural ingredients, or make one at home. It will also help you manage hair loss, greying and dandruff!
The natural ingredients for a hair rinse include apple cider vinegar, rice water, sabudana starch and rosemary.
Step 4: Apply a hair mask
A hair mask will help boost your hair health, prevent split, and reduce the oxidative stress on your cuticles. Apply a hair mask for up to fifteen minutes, and consider using a product or homemade mask that includes ingredients such as eggs, flax seeds, or bananas.
Step 5: Shampoo
As the final step, wash your hair off with a mild shampoo. Consider opting for shampoos made from natural ingredients, as chemical-based shampoos are full of toxins that damage the hair. This step will prevent your hair from becoming dull, losing its strength, and breakage.
Doing a hair spa at least once or twice a week, will help manage hair damage, strengthen the roots, and provide a natural shine!