The best part of getting your hair washed is without a doubt the scrubbing. For a moment, the little massage sends all your problems down the drain with soapy foam. At Masa Kanai, a salon on New York City’s Upper West Side, the experience is a one-hour treatment at its Head Spa, with massages, acupressure, masks and more.
“This hair spa was originally developed in Japan about 20 years ago, inspired by ancient Asian head massage,” says Ritsuko Borges, a holistic hair therapist at Masa Kanai. “Since I came to the United States, to New York, I have noticed so many [more] Americans have scalp problems compared to Japanese. “So they turn the experience into a wellness visit and ask customers what they eat, how they sleep, and how often they practice self-care.” I use this multi-sensory experience to heal the customer’s mind.”
To the latest section of What Wellnessa series on the Well + Good YouTube channel, hosts host Ella Dove Masa Kanai for the full treatment.
What it’s like to visit Masa Kanai’s main spa
1. Discuss and analyze your scalp
First, Dove talks to Borges about her scalp problems and got a closer look at her scalp through a video microscope. Borges shows Dove that her scalp was fairly clean, but she had some inflammation that could be the result of lack of sleep.
2. Sit back and relax
Next, Dove gets comfortable on a massage table with a hair wash at one end so she can sit back and relax during the treatment.
3. Gua sha came through
Borges begins to comb through Dove’s hair with her fingers before switching to a gua sha comb, a tool made of stone that helps promote lymphatic drainage.
4. Scalp mask
Borges applies Dove a scalp mask and then puts a steam hood on her to let the heat work with the mask to cleanse and soothe her scalp. While the mask does its thing, Borges Dove massages the forearms and hands focusing on acupressure points to promote well-being.
5. Head massage
Next, Borges Dove provides a soothing neck and head massage.
6. Washing and fitness
Here’s the part of the treatment that feels familiar: Borges shampoo and care for Dove’s hair.
Borges uses a beautiful device to slowly pour fragrant water over Dove’s hair. The tool sits about a foot above Dove’s head, letting the water seep down as if it came from a fountain.
8. Blow out and reanalyze
To complete the treatment, Borges Dove’s blow-dry her hair and look at her scalp again. She experiences that the inflammation and redness that was present before the treatment had subsided.
So was it worth it?
An hour-long experience at the Masa Kanai main spa costs $ 220. While the service is by no means a necessity, Dove says it’s definitely worth it.
“Like most things in this Wide World of Wellness, stress plays a big role in our overall well-being, and the health of our scalp is no exception,” says Dove. “And today’s treatment really focused on mindfulness. That hour of tuning in and zoneing out the rest of the world actually helped lessen that inflammation, calmed my scalp a bit, and now [I feel] so fresh, so soft, so clean. “
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