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hair looks nice! Normally, I need to grow a long beard for my husband to notice hair. Then, when he tells me my skin looks nice, I realize the results of my visit to the head spa must be as dramatic as that beard.
Yes, that head spa, not the spa involving fluffy white robes and facials and pedicures. All the rage in Japan, head spas focus on scalp and hair. Yoko Haute Coiffure b yu Head Spa in North Vancouver has been offering it for two years.
And why are Japanese women going ga, ga over the spa (as they call it in Japan)? Hair loss. Dry scalp. Oily scalp. Crummy looking hair. Overall well being. Plus another intriguing benefit. By improving blood and lymphatic fluid drainage through massage, a head spa treatment can feel like a non surgical facelift, says Yoko owner, Mika Ozeki Saunderson. She earlier trained as a traditional Chinese medicine and shinso (body rebalancing therapy) practitioner, as well as Vidal Sassoon hairstylist.
results in a slimmer looking face because lymph and blood flow is increased, she says. face can be bloated because of stagnation of the lymph system or water retention. Afterwards, the face looks more vibrant and radiant. In Japan, it called face or kogao, she says. Kogao is the feminine ideal in Japan as is looking cute ( slim and thin bone. American clients don strive to have the small face, but they like to look uplifted, that non surgical facelift effect. Some clients even say their eyesight improved after a session, says Ozeki Saunderson.
My head spa treatment began with a microscopic scalp analysis. Magnified 100 times and seen on an iPad, my scalp definitely wasn kawai. She pointed out plugged hair shafts, dryness and flakes. Plugged pores contribute to hair loss, she said and suddenly, I was all ears. With all the hair I lost while washing and combing, I could have carpeted my entire house with hair or at least made myself a wig, in preparation for when I look like Homer Simpson.
you look through the microscope, a completely healthy scalp should be white, translucent and unclogged, she said. Mine? It looked like the surface of Mars, either the planet or the chocolate bar, take your pick.
often, people don know how to shampoo. They don rinse enough or scrub with the soft tip of fingers to promote blood circulation and release impurities from pores. Plugged pores asphyxiates the hair. She recommends a daily head massage with a natural fibre brush. from the nape to the top. The blood vessels are mostly in the nape. It help slow down hair loss.
Next came a scalp treatment with orange and lavender oils to stimulate the scalp, purify and allow active ingredients in the shampoo and conditionerto be absorbed. For my moonscape scalp, she used an exfoliator with apricot kernels, tea tree oils and soothing menthol. Treatment changes with the season, she says. winter, hair and scalp can get very, very dry.
She used two shampoos (she uses the French Rene Furterer products), a moisturizing milk shampoo (Carthaus oil and complex phytosterols) to rebuild keratin and restore the thin protective layer of the skin. Then a shiatsu massage with another shampoo (with tea tree oil, squash seed extract, Carthamus oil and other ingredients) to deep clean, hydrate and prevent dandruff. the scalp is dry, it becomes tight, dull and slightly pink, reflecting a lack of micro circulation, says Ozeki Saunderson. identified those features when we analyzed your scalp under the scope. She cautions against dandruff shampoos. on the market contain tar, which smooths out the flakiness, but develops layers of tar, masking the problem and creating more plugging. The hair mask (a concentrated conditioner) also had Carthamus oil.
For the next step of my head spa, I went under a micro mist hood. Japanese technology with ultrasonic vibrations and various heat settings to emit enormous amounts of microscopic water molecules, much smaller than those from a steam to penetrate deep into the scalp and hair. It optimizes the effectiveness of the treatment, says Ozeki Saunderson. removes impurities deep inside pores. Chinese medicine, the extremities are more important than the localized areas. In treating organs, it always good to go to the extremities, like toes and fingers and the head is where the pressure points for lymph flow is. And the scalp can hold a lot of stress, but you can move those muscles yourself; it just can be controlled. A head massage involves pressure points linked to various organs in the body, so it feels like a whole body massage affecting the rest of the body. promoted like a facial. When the scalp is toned and strengthened, it pulls up the face. You notice an uplift and it definitely looks as though you had a very good night sleep. Unfortunately, it not part of beauty regimes because we can see under our hair. Our head spa follows Japanese beauty healing and I like people to experience it. And I noticed when next I washed my hair, my hair wasn dropping like leaves in October.