With our oh-so busy schedule and constant shuffle between home and office, to find time for ourselves is a blessing. And what better way to give ourselves the much-needed ‘ME time’ than indulging in a spa session. Now, of course, who has the time to spend hours going to a salon for a spa treatment and spending a bomb. You might be wondering, how to do spa at home? Well, although a therapist or a masseuse would be great to give you the experience of a luxury spa, we can do the same for ourselves at home. You can make the spa treatment at home not only ‘bougee’ but also relaxing and rejuvenating at the comfort of your home. Be it a hair spa or a full body spa, you can treat yourself with a therapeutic session with some DIY natural recipes. If you have the time to plan ahead a spa treatment at home, stock on some budget-friendly products like face masks, scrubs and body butter. Below we will further break down the steps on how to do a hair spa at home. Also, we will highlight on how to do a body spa at home naturally and how to do a hair spa at home with natural ingredients.
SPA Day at Home – The Basics
First things first, decide a comfortable space where you can set up your spa session without any disturbance. It can even be your bathroom. Prepare in advance all the things you would require - like towels, oils, scrubs, masks, etc. For a tranquil spa-like experience at home, set the mood by lighting some aromatic candles and calming white noise or instrumental music. It is a proven fact that soft music triggers relaxing sensation in our mind and body. Now that you have the at home spa ready, we will discuss what is a hair spa and its benefits, and what is a body spa.
What is a hair spa?
Hair spa is a way to give your hair that much-needed TLC from all the damage our hair goes through. It is an excellent way to nourish, repair, moisturise and reverse the damaging effects of pollution, hair colour and heat-related treatments. Benefits of a hair spa at home go beyond a calming and relaxing ritual. It deep conditions the hair and removes impurities like product build up and dandruff. It also helps in repairing dullness and frizz and stabilizes oil secretion. Wondering how to do hair spa at home with natural products? You can create a concoction of natural ingredients from your kitchen to make a DIY hair mask. Below we will break down the steps on how to do a hair spa at home for dandruff and a clean scalp and hair.
What is a body spa?
Fast-paced modern lifestyle, can strain us both mentally and physically. To unwind once in a while and release stress, getting a body spa is a must. There are different types of body spa treatments like massages, body scrubs, body masques and dry brushing. Body spa treatments focus on exfoliation, cleansing and moisturising the skin on the body and face. They also help in skin tightening, eliminating wrinkles and obvious signs of aging. Take out a day from your hectic schedule and we will tell you how you can enjoy a full body spa at home.
Steps to do a hair spa at home
1. Massaging hair with a hair oil
Detangle your hair before applying any products. Start your hair spa treatment at home with some good old oil ‘champi’ to your scalp and hair. Oil massage helps in circulating and stimulating the blood flow which promotes hair growth. Always heat the oil for a hot oil massage. Start massaging your scalp with the warm oil in circular motions and slowly spread it evenly on the lengths. Also, pamper yourself with a head massage for five minutes. Choose hair oil depending on your hair type but it is recommended to use cold-pressed oils as they retain essential vitamins and nutrients. If you are facing hair fall, we suggest using the ayurvedic Indulekha Bringha Oil. This oil is clinically proven to grow new hair and reduce hair fall. It is also free of parabens, silicones and sulphates.
2. Applying steam
Steam helps in opening up the pores and cuticles on scalp. This allows the essential nutrients of oil to penetrate in the scalp and allows maximum absorption of the oil. Since we are doing a hair spa at home, a steam machine is not readily available. Instead, you can use a hot towel. Take a microfibre towel, dip it in hot water and soak out the excess. Wrap your hair with the hot towel like a turban and leave it on for 10 to 20 minutes, if you have extremely dry hair.
3. Wash hair with sulphate-free shampoo
Harsh chemicals such as sulphates, silicones and parabens make our hair dry and brittle and strips our hair of natural oils. Choose a shampoo which is free of harsh chemicals. Our recommendation would be Love Beauty and Planet Vegan Biotin Sulphate Free shampoo. This biotin shampoo deeply cleanses, provides hydration, strengthens and leaves hair soft and shiny. The citrusy mandarin fragrance will also uplift your mood. Dilute the shampoo with some water and wash as normal.
4. DIY Hair Mask
Hair mask is also referred as a deep conditioner as it helps in restoring moisture and deals with dryness and flakiness. It is advisable to incorporate a hair mask at least once a week in your hair care routine. You can either use a store-bought hair mask or DIY it at home. A lot of us have to deal with dandruff. Here’s how to make a DIY banana and honey hair mask to get rid of dandruff.
Ingredients required are a banana, honey, lemon and olive oil.
Mash the banana in a bowl, add a tablespoon of honey, olive oil and lemon juice.
Mix it all together to create a consistent paste.
Apply it on your scalp and hair and leave it on for 30 minutes.
Wash your hair with sulphate-free shampoo.
Banana and honey help condition the hair and reduce dandruff. While olive oil adds softness and strength, lemon balances pH levels of hair. If you are lazy to whip out your own hair mask, you can experience a spa-like treatment by using Tresemme Spa Rejuvenation Hair Mask. This hair mask is enriched with marine minerals. It deeply nourishes and rejuvenates the hair and makes it look shiny and soft. Apply a generous amount on damp, clean hair and leave it on for five to 10 minutes before rinsing it off.
5. Seal it with a conditioner
If you are using a DIY hair mask, shampoo your hair once again and use your regular conditioner. But if you’ve used a store-bought hair mask, skip on your regular conditioner or use a leave-in conditioner. Take a coin-sized amount of the conditioner and apply it on the lengths of your hair, avoiding the scalp. Conditioner can make the scalp oily. Keep it on for a minute and rinse it off. Our recommendation is Love Beauty and Planet Onion, Blackseed and Patchouli Hairfall Control conditioner.
Steps to do a body spa at home
Start with a clean slate for at-home facial spa. Cleanse your face with a gentle face wash and remove any makeup you’re wearing. Next, use an exfoliator or a mild scrub to remove dead skin cells from the surface. You can make a DIY scrub at home using honey, sugar and coffee. Now that the pores are open, steam your face. You can either use a hot towel and place it on your face or use a face steamer for five minutes. Steaming increases the blood flow to the skin. It also softens the skin around the nose, making it easier to remove blackheads. Be careful and gentle when extracting the blackheads.
Next, seal in the moisture with a mask. You can either use a clay-based mask or a sheet mask, depending on your preference. You can use Lakme Blush and Glow Lemon Sheet Mask. Apply the sheet mask and keep it on for 15 minutes. Wash your face. We recommend using Ponds Bright Beauty Foaming Brush Face Wash. This face wash contains vitamin B3 that removes dead skin cells, and the built-in silicone applicator brush massages the skin and helps in deep pore cleansing. Apply a nice facial oil or a serum and top it with a moisturiser.
Start with massaging your body with some aphrodisiac oils. You can mix your regular coconut or almond oil with essential oils of your choice such as jojoba or peppermint. Massage gently to ease out the tension from your body. Next, use a scrub to exfoliate the dead skin cells. Exfoliation also helps in brightening of the skin. Create a DIY scrub by mixing sugar, coffee and few drops of milk. After scrubbing, if you have a bath tub at home, soak your body in warm water. To give spa feels at home, add some rose petals and some drops of essential oils to soothe your mind and body. Wash your body with St. Ives Exfoliating Body Wash in Pink Lemon & Mandarin Orange, for added exfoliation. To seal in the moisture, use Love Beauty and Planet Coconut Water and Mimosa Flower body lotion. Coconut water locks in the moisture and leaves your skin soft and supple.
FAQs about how to set up an indulgent SPA Day at home: A Complete Guide
Q Does a hair spa treatment benefit your hair?
A Yes. Hair spa treatments strengthens and improves the quality of hair. It also adds shine and prevents scalp ageing and promotes hair growth.
Q How often do I need to a home hair spa?
A Pamper yourself with a hair spa at least two to three times a month or at least every 15 days to give the right nourishment and care to your hair.
Q Does hair spa result in hair growth?
A Yes. The more hydration and nourishment you provide your hair with, it improves the quality of the scalp which promotes hair growth. Hair spa treatments also reduce dandruff and controls oil excretion which is essential for hair growth. With consistent hair spa treatments changes will be visible.