The last time you went for a haircut, did your hairdresser say, "You need a hair spa"? Did they tell you that your hair was too damaged, dry and brittle, and all you could do was feel bad? Always wondered whether getting a hair spa was a luxury that didn’t perhaps reap as many benefits as you thought? Well, you’re wrong! This old yet new concept actually does replenish your tresses and leaves your hair soft and shiny.
What are the benefits of getting a hair spa?
Is it absolutely necessary as brands and parlours claim? Here is the answer: Getting a hair spa will definitely nourish your hair and make it feel airy, bouncy and shiny. (Find out if you are shampooing your hair right by clicking here.) But doesn’t the same thing happen when you oil your hair and take a nice, long shower?
Not necessarily! What a hair spa adds is deep conditioning to your scalp, roots and hair strands through continuous massage and nourishing products. Pollution and contaminated air make your hair dry, which in turn results in increased oil secretions by the scalp. A good hair spa session brings these levels back to normal. It increases cell metabolism and stimulates blood circulation, which is the reason you end up feeling relaxed and happy too!
How to choose the right hair spa?
Ideally, a hair spa should be customized as per your hair type and concerns such as weak hair, dandruff, frizziness, dryness, split-ends and more. (This is your guide to dealing with split-ends.) So if your friend goes for a hair spa that makes her tresses look incredible, it doesn’t mean you will see the same results. There should be a consultation before the session – that’s non-negotiable.
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How much is too much?
Having said that, you shouldn’t get a hair spa done very often because, well, too much of anything is bad! Exposing your scalp to warm water and all those chemical-laden products (used in most spa treatments) often will cause more damage than good. If you go for it very often, you may cause your scalp to dry up completely. If you have extremely rough and unmanageable hair, get it done every four to six weeks – not more than that. (Ensure your hair stays young and healthy. Find out how by clicking here)
When to avoid it?
If you have weak roots or extremely fine hair, avoid it as much as possible as the wet massage part of the hair spa can break your roots. In case you do indulge, ask for a very light massage – no aggression, please. (Here’s why you are losing hair and what you can do about it.) Also, if your hair is prone to breakage or you are undergoing a hair and scalp treatment, it’s best to do it only once in a while.
And yes, no matter how much the therapist insists, do not let them blow dry your hair after the spa. Your hair is sensitive at this point and does not need heat damage! Heat styling defeats the whole point of the hair spa. So keep calm and let your hair air dry!