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How to Give Yourself a Scalp Facial At Home

All the ‘it girls’ are getting scalp facials RN. Here's how you can give yourself one in 6 easy steps. 

If I’m going to pay for an actual facial, you better believe I need to walk out of there with the same skin as Gigi Hadid. So when what happens instead is red blotchiness,, friends, I stopped getting facials! And this is also the reason why I’m skeptical of anything with ‘facial’ attached to it—including this new treatment I noticed on salon menus (before the lockdown!). To be fair, the concept itself does make sense: your scalp has a lot in common with the skin on your face, which is why you can find zits, red patches, and flaky spots hiding underneath your hair. So it stands to reason that a scalp facial *could* identify and treat that stuff. And that, fine, in the name of objectivity and I guess journalism, I should investigate if it really works. So I booked a 40-minute treatment at Tomoko Shima Hair Salon in NYC, where senior stylist Grace Rotondi starts with a consultation. I tell her my scalp is oily and prone to flaking as she mists my hair with an exfoliating serum. Then she dives into a straight-up heavenly head massage, neck and shoulders included. (So far, so totally worth it!) Grace kinda kills the moment by sticking a huge shower cap on my head and hooking it up to a steamer-like contraption. I sit for 10 minutes as moist, warm air opens up the pores on my scalp in preparation for step three: two rounds of shampoo, followed by conditioner. Then she spritzes on a balancing leave-in toner, and I get a sleek blowout. Okay, it’s true: I leave the salon with noticeably softer, shinier hair (that be you, Gigi?) and my scalp does feel super-clean. But by the time I get home, I realise I can pretty much re-create the ‘facial’ in the comfort of my own bathroom (which, BTW, I now do a couple of times a month). Minus the profesh steamer situation, of course—and the insane massage. Throw me some extra TLC and I’d happily hit the hair spa again just for that.”

Your Bathroom = 
The Cheapest Head Spa

Step 1: Start With Deep Cleaning Work a clarifying mask 
all over your scalp. Innisfree My Hair Recipe Refreshing Treatment, Rs. 990 approx

Step 2: Scrub That ‘Ish’.This peppermint scrub with sea salts removes product build-up (ahem, dry shampoo) and leaves scalp refreshed. L’Occitane en Provence Aromachologie Purifying Freshness Cleansing Scrub, Rs. 2,100 approx

Step 3: Hydrate Lather up with a gentle, sulfate-free shampoo 
and conditioner. Herbal Essences Bio: Renew Deep Sea Minerals Shampoo, Rs. 600, and Conditioner, Rs.650

Step 4: Hydrate Again Smooth a moisturising treatment all over your towel-dried hair to repair damage at the weakest areas of the hair fibres. Kiehl’s Damage Repairing & Rehydrating Leave-In Treatment, Rs. 2,550

Step 5: Lock It All In Run a dollop of hair mask through your damp strands. Wella Professionals SP Luxe Oil Keratin Restore Mask, Rs. 1,500

Step 6: Load Up On Shine Finish the ritual by spritzing a shine-enhancing oil. Kérastase Elixir Ultime L’Original Hair Oil, 
price on request