One of the best spa treatments I have had lately is a Japanese Scalp treatment. The deep cleaning scalp treatment relaxes and invigorates at the same time! It helps increase blood flow, clear the hair follicle and release tension by vigorously scrubbing the scalp clean and then using shiatzu massage techniques to relax the scalp and mind. It got me thinking… how can I do this treatment at home?
I do this hair ritual about twice a month, usually in the evening after the baby is asleep, the house is clean and I am done with work. At that time of night, I have plenty of time to indulge in a spa treatment. So I grabbed everything I would need to recreate the treatment. Scroll down for everything I use and exactly how I do the treatment.
Items Needed for A Japanese Scalp Treatment:
Pre Oil Cleanse This Rene Furter pre-cleanse oil is a must-have. I like to apply it an hour before I shampoo and massage it in before popping my hair in a bun and waiting for it to do its magic. I use this massager to work the oil in all the way and stimulate blood flow to the scalp.
Scalp Shampoo I like this one by Briogeo or this one from Philip B I also use this shampoo massager to help. It is firmer than the Vegamour one and really helps get the scrub to the scalp for a deep clean.
Overnight Treatment For this step I use either Olaplex No 3 or the Miriam Quevedo Black Baccara with Fresh Rose Stem Cells Bond Rejuvenating Luxe Cure With 24K. I apply a heavy amount to my hair, comb through, roll my hair into a bun, then wrap a scarf around it to sleep in. The longer these stay in the better. Rinse out in the morning.
OverNight Serum After my hair is dry and styled and every night before bed I go in with this Vegamour and I use the massager to work it in. I’ve noticed a huge difference in the thickness of my hair since starting this serum.
How To Get A Japanese Scalp Treatment From Home
About an hour before showering apply the Pre-Cleanse oil to your scalp and massage it into the scalp for about 7-10 minutes. Roll your hair up into a bun and let it sit for an hour.
I start my shower by steaming it up with one of these shower pods. If you don’t have a steam shower or steam pod just pop a few drops of essential oils on a washcloth and cover the drain with hot water running. The heat will steam up and the oil will release into it.
Next, on wet hair and scalp, I used the Briogeo Scalp Revival or a scalp scrub. Working it in vigorously to the scalp using the padding of your finger NOT the nails or a shampoo massager like this one. This helps with circulation and to clear out the dead skin, sebum (oil), and debris from the scalp. The Briogeo smells SOO good and tingles a bit for an even better spa-like experience. I just leave it on while working my regular shampoo into my hair from scalp to ends. It makes it easier to rinse out that way. Add water–not more product if you feel like you need more lather.
Rinse out to finish step 2.
Apply a hair mask to hair 1 inch from the scalp.
While the hair mask worked in I washed my face and turned the water off. With the water off I did a full body scrub with the Follain Body Scrub+Mask. I also popped on a face mask, brushed my teeth, and shaved my legs. After all that it was time to rinse the mask, body scrub and face mask off.
Out of the shower, I wrap my hair in this hair towel by Crown Affair for long hair and let it towel dry on its own while I do my skincare and body care routine. After I’m done there I COAT my hair with Olaplex 3 or Miriam Quevedo Black Baccara with Fresh Rose Stem Cells Bond Rejuvenating Luxe Cure With 24K. I then wrap it in a bun and go to sleep.
The next morning I rinse it out and apply a leave-in conditioner before I finish by blow-drying straight.
After my hair is dry and styled and every night before bed I go in with this Vegamour and I use the massager to work it in and this comb from Crown Affair. I’ve noticed a huge difference in the thickness of my hair since starting this serum. I also use this hair oil on the ends before braiding my hair each night before sleep.
Overall, it is an easy treatment to do at home and my hair looks shiny and softer each time I do.
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