I could tell that my hair wasn’t in good shape over the last little while. It was much drier and frizzier than usual and I had more split ends than I could count.
The split ends bugged me more than anything because I could physically see them. Despite all of the hair care products out there that claim to “reverse years of damage” or “repair split ends”, let’s face it: the only effective way to get rid of split ends is to snip them off. So I paid a long overdue visit to the hair salon yesterday.
Even though I loved my heat perm waves, it was time to get drastic to combat these split and dry ends! My only instructions to the stylist was to let me have enough hair so I can still wear ponytails. It drives me nuts when I can’t tie my hair back.
The stylist offered great general hair care tips. For example, I never knew that you were only supposed to shampoo your scalp. There’s no need to vigorously rub shampoo onto your hair – that could actually lead to unnecessary damage. All you should do is thoroughly massage shampoo on your scalp and then let it wash down onto your hair on its own. And then of course, conditioner is meant for just the ends of your hair but at least I already knew that tip.
The stylist also recommended a scalp treatment, as product build-up on my scalp (and clogging hair follicles) is the likely reason why my hair was in such poor shape.
The scalp treatment process was… interesting. Here’s the photo I posted on Instagram:
I look like a mushroom. Also note the steam coming out of the mushroom-y contraption.
Despite looking 100% silly, it was the most refreshing hair treatment I’ve ever received. The product they used on my scalp was peppermint-y (so tingly!) and then the steaming mushroom caps is supposedly for opening up the pores on my scalp to clear away the toxins.
A (side note) confession: I’ve only EVER gone to Korean hair salons. They know how to deal with my stiff and thick Asian hair and the service is incredible. The only thing you don’t usually get is a fancy venue – they’re usually more of a neighbourhood salon feel – but that’s not important to me. And another major perk? Prices are seriously affordable. I paid $55 in total: $25 for the cut, $20 for the scalp treatment + 20% tip.
Anyways, here’s my new do!
Back to my au naturel straight hair. It’s a nice and refreshing change, especially with the warm weather coming up.
What are your best hair care tips?