The secret’s out! Getting long, luscious hair doesn’t require tons of fancy beauty products—or even an appointment with your hairstylist. Just steal the popular Japanese treatment called a “head spa.” Beauty mavens say it’s practically guaranteed to send your scalp to hair heaven. (You should be stealing these hair tricks from around the world, too.)
If you splurge on a “head spa” at a local salon, your experience will begin with a 30-minute head massage, during which a specialist gently hits key pressure points in your head, neck, and shoulders. Then, your hair will soak for 10 minutes in a deep cleansing scalp shampoo, refreshing your scalp and leaving your hair with a silky smooth texture.
In addition to stimulating circulation in your scalp, a massage can relieve tension in your head, strengthen your roots, and soften your hair. It especially works wonders for those with dry scalps, hair loss, and dandruff, as well as new mothers who struggle with dehydrated hair. (Here are 13 remedies for dry and damaged hair you can try at home.) Head troubles aside, research has also shown that massages can reduce stress and anxiety, according to the Mayo Clinic.
While the service is available in most Japanese salons around the world (and only costs around $35!) there’s also a DIY way to get your own massage at home. Massage your scalp for five to 10 minutes using a cooling scalp cream, which you can find on the shelves of any drugstore. (Watch this video for more instructions.) Then, apply a balancing and deep cleansing shampoo to remove the dead and dry skin. Voila! Your hair is as good as gold—well, figuratively speaking.
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