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Magazine Article for Spa Asia Magazine

Spa Treatments for Hair … Do they Make a Difference? Is a hair spa treatment worthwhile? Knowledgeable spa enthusiasts say the experience is both heavenly and genuinely transforming … but to ‘make a difference’ most agree certain key elements are required. Here is what to look for — the ingredients used and the techniques that accompany the hair treatment. A survey of spas in Bali and Thailand reveal similarities and differences in hair therapies. Is one technique better than another? The opinions of spa goers vary. The best style seems to be the one that best suits you … and, of course, your hair! Spas everywhere use ancient herbs and other ingredients that have proven effective in adding sheen, beautifying, nourishing and reviving hair. Certain Thai spas seem more likely to add vitamins and other beneficial ingredients to their mixture. Certain Balinese spas claim their treatments are effective in treating hair loss. Thai spas are often less emphatic and suggest they can help avert avoidable hair loss. All spas provide some type of massage with the application of their hair ointment. Yet, some Thai spas believe hair and scalp treatment is accelerated when supported by reflexology. The spas of Bali are known internationally for their “Hair Creambath” treatments. Balinese spas commonly blend natural ingredients to treat different types of hair in various conditions. For example, cucumber and rosemary mint may be used for oily hair. Papaya, tri wheat, primrose or sage may be used for dry and chemically treated hair. Other spas add coconut milk to the creambath concoction when treating hair that is extremely dry and damaged. A lime rinse may be used to stop dandruff, carrot juice to cure split ends, and Aloe Vera is frequently applied to maintain normal healthy hair. Flowers such as Hibiscus and other natural ingredients may also be included in a creambath. Some Balinese spas believe that a creambath containing candle nut prevents hair loss and promotes re-growth. Other spas from the area consider a hot oil massage before the creambath especially beneficial to revitalizing the scalp, limiting hair loss and promoting growth. The hot oil is said to open the pores and, when massaged into the scalp, is believed to increase circulation, stimulate growth, remove dead cells and regenerate dry skin. Prior to the creambath treatment, many Balinese spas also massage the head and sometimes the neck and shoulders. The creambath is thoroughly massaged into the hair and scalp. After the mixture is rubbed in, the hair is often wrapped in a hot towel to further the cream’s absorption. At this point, some Balinese spas Larry Witten - Freelance Writer

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use a special steamer they believe is more effective in opening the hair to penetrate. The spas of Bali primarily emphasize the ingredients of the creambath but in Thailand the emphasis can be different. Oasis Spas of Chiangmai, Thailand, considered by many to be Thailand’s premier health spas, stress the importance of the massage to hair spa. They believe is equally important as the ingredient applied. Their holistic approach includes a reflexology massage of the head prior to the hair treatment. (Reflex points are commonly thought of as on the hands and feet, yet can also be found on the face and scalp.) The ancient healing therapy of reflexology is a blissful and beneficial experience as the flow of natural body energy is restored and mental harmony reestablished. When sweet light almond oil is gently applied to the reflex zones, recipients often experience waves of relaxation resonating throughout their bodies. This component of the Oasis Spa hair spa treatment is so soothing the recipient often relaxes into a light state of restorative rest. For best result, the spa suggests a reflexology foot massage be administered at the same time. Those who experience the simultaneous head and foot massages describe the results as nearly miraculous. When the scalp and the entire body are in balance, a beneficial fusion of ancient herbs, modern vitamins and other natural ingredients are applied to the hair and scalp. The hair cream formula used by Oasis Spas includes jasmine rice, an organic product exclusive to Thailand that is rich in Thiamin and Niacin. This folate is also known for its fragrance. The mixture also includes avocado oil, a distillation of the bump green fruit’s richest oils. The oil penetrates the hair shafts and causes the hair to glow with natural beauty. The hair-care and repair vitamin, Pro-vitamin B5 is part of the formula because of its ability to treat dry and brittle hair. Vitamin E, which many believe is effective in stimulating hair renewal, is also included in the cream. The final and crowning ingredient of Oasis Spas’ hair cream is Jojoba oil. This mystical elixir, called “the liquid gold of the desert,” is much prized because its molecular structure is nearly identical to the hair’s natural oil. As a result, Jojoba oil is unrivaled in its ability to moisturize and treat slit ends, damaged, tangled and dry hair.

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This amazing concoction is activated when massaged into the hair and scalp. The hair is finally wrapped in a towel to allow the body’s natural heat to further meld the ingredients into the scalp, hair shafts and follicles. Oasis Spas hair therapy ends with a private outdoor shower and a pot of relaxing Thai herbal tea. Many spa enthusiasts have discovered that hair spa goes a long way toward replacing what life has extracted from their hair.

Larry Witten - Freelance Writer

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