Shiny, strong hair is something that we all strive for. If you don’t have time to get to the hair salon, a hair spa at home is a great idea.
Home Hair Spa Tips
A professional hair treatment is a great treat. However, it can be difficult to carve out time to make an appointment, then travel to and from a salon.
Not to mention the cost, of course! Heat from the sun and styling tools, pollution and stress can all take their toll on our locks. That’s why learning how to look after your hair at home or when traveling is important.
In this article, we’ll explain the benefits of doing regular hair treatments at home. You’ll learn how to do a hair spa at home for a range of conditions, including for dandruff, dry frizzy hair and straightened hair.
Hair Spa Benefits
Whether you visit a hair salon or do a home hair spa, there are many benefits to treating your hair. Some of these hair treatment benefits include:
- Reduces dandruff.
- Helps to keep your hair thick.
- Nourishes your hair and scalp.
- Prevents dryness.
- Controls frizziness.
- Regulates oil secretion.
- Helps to reduce stress.
- Repairs heat or sun damaged hair.
Over time, hair can become damaged and dry. Our hair is made of 3 inner layers, the cuticle, the cortex and the medulla.
While the cortex and medulla make up most of our hair, the hair cuticles are the protective layer that surrounds them. These cuticles can be damaged by heat tools, chemical treatments, the sun and even hard water.
That’s why it’s important to reduce hair damage by doing regular deep conditioning treatments. A great way to improve hair condition is with an at home hair spa.
Hair Spa at Home Steps
There are five simple steps to doing a hair spa at home:
Warm a generous drop of hair treatment oil in your hands. Divide your hair into sections. Massage your hair and scalp for around 15 minutes. Almond oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, olive oil and sesame oil are all good options
Nourishing your scalp and hair with oil will help to promote hair growth and improve blood circulation.
Don’t wash out the oil yet, as you’ll be doing a hair steam treatment. Take a medium sized towel, dip it into warm water and squeeze out any excess water.
Wrap it around your head to help the oil treatment to sink in further. Leave for another 5 minutes.
An alternative way to steam your hair is to boil a kettle and pour the boiling water into a large bowl. Place your face over the bowl and drape a towel over the top. Then steam for 10 minutes.
Rinse off the oil with a gentle shampoo and finish with a cold water or lukewarm rinse for added shine. It’s not advisable to rinse your hair with hot water, as this may increase hair fall and damage the root.
Choose a shampoo that’s best for your hair type. Shampoos containing natural ingredients and essential oils are a good option.
Apply a home made or shop bought conditioner and leave on for a few minutes.
Wash out the conditioner and apply a homemade or ready made hair mask. Pop on a shower cap if you like, which will help the mask to penetrate further. You can skip this step if you’re in a hurry, or simply do this stage and leave out the massage and steaming.
It’s good to follow all 5 steps once every month or so. This will give your hair a great boost.
Homemade Hair Treatments
There’s a lot to be said for using natural home remedies for your hair spa. They’re generally gentler than shop bought products and when you make them yourself you know exactly what ingredients have gone into them.
If you decide to do a DIY hair spa, decide what outcome you want for your hair. Most of these homemade hair treatments will improve one aspect of your tresses. Are you hoping for shinier hair or are you aiming to combat dandruff or an oily scalp?
Quite a few of these natural hair spa treatments use fresh ingredients so you’ll need to buy them in advance. However, there are some that use ingredients such as beer which you may happen to have at home anyway!
1. Avocado and Honey Hair Treatment
This is a great treatment to nourish dry hair. Skin and mash an avocado until there are no lumps. Mix it with one tablespoon of honey.
Apply evenly over your hair and leave on for at least 15 minutes. For extra benefit, steam your hair with the mask on for the first 10 minutes. Wash off with lukewarm or cool water.
2. Banana Hair Mask
For damaged or lifeless hair, bananas are an ideal treatment. They nourish hair follicles and can help to soothe an itch scalp.
Take a ripe banana and mash until soft. Add a tablespoon of honey and mix thoroughly. Apply the mixture to slightly damp hair, put on a shower cap and leave on for half an hour before washing off.
3. Beer Hair Treatment
For shiny hair, beer is a surprisingly good treatment. Pour a cup of beer and leave it to go flat overnight. The next day, wash your hair with a mild shampoo.
Use the beer instead of conditioner, pouring it over your hair and massaging it gently into the scalp and along the hair shaft. Leave it on for a few minutes, then rinse with cool water.
4. Strawberry Hair Treatment
For an effective anti dandruff treatment, try fresh strawberries. They are rich in salicylic acid and have potent antioxidant properties.
Mix a cup of mashed strawberries with a few drops of peppermint or tea trea oil. Leave on for 30 minutes to one hour.
Strawberries are also thought to combat hair loss. For an alternative treatment, replace the peppermint or tea tree oil with olive oil.
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Products for Hair Spa Treatments
We recommend using a mild, sulfate free shampoo for your hair spa treatment. Make sure to massage the mask in with your fingers or by using a gentle brush. After rinsing out the mask, you can even apply a second dose for a truly nourishing effect on severely dry or damaged locks.
Color Treated Hair Mask
Pureology specialize in products for color treated hair. Pureology Hydrate Superfood Treatment Hair Mask is silicone free and vegan friendly.
This powerful hair mask for dry hair contains avocado oil and coconut oil to hydrate and strengthen. The AntiFade complex helps to prevent your hair color fading.
Leave-In Smoothing Cream
Olaplex is famous for its patented hair treatment system that repairs broken hair bonds. Olaplex No 6 Bond Smoother is a leave-in hair cream that smooths frizz, hydrates and also speeds up blow dry times.
Apply a dime size amount to damp hair. This hair conditioning product lasts for a long time.
Protein Hair Mask
Truss are well known for their nourishing hair products. The Truss Professional Net Hair Mask is infused with natural proteins and keratin. These create a lasting protective layer on your hair.
Truss Net Mask is particularly effective for curly hair, and should be applied weekly between your shampoo and conditioner. This deeply hydrating mask helps to seal in moisture, reducing breakage and leaving hair tangle free.
In Conclusion: Hair Spa at Home
Thanks for reading! We hope this article helped you better understand the benefits of hair spa treatments and how to do them at home.
Do you have any favorite homemade hair treatments? For more tips on style and beauty, be sure to check out our other articles.
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