was re­cently in­vited to the Lakmé Ab­so­lute Sa­lon to ex­pe­ri­ence their new or­ganic in­gre­di­ent-based hair spa ser­vices. SURINA SAYAL signed up for one of the ser­vices and here’s what she had to say…

Hair - - Experiential -

I was met by Karen Tauro, my stylist in at­ten­dance (or as Lakmé calls their stylists, ‘back­stage he­roes’), at the Lakmé Ab­so­lute Sa­lon in Ban­dra, Mum­bai. Karen was to take me through my hair spa ses­sion and pa­tiently listed the new hair spa ser­vices (that start from R2,600) on of­fer. Con­sid­er­ing the fact that my hair is slightly dry from chem­i­cal treat­ments and fre­quent colour­ing, I was keen to try out the Lush Or­ganic – Nour­ish spa which, she ex­plained, is an in­ten­sive treat­ment that helps re­struc­ture over-pro­cessed hair us­ing ar­gan oil, and vi­ta­mins A and E to nour­ish the hair and soothe the scalp.

The dif­fer­ent va­ri­eties of hair spas here use dif­fer­ent brands and prod­ucts, and the range for my spe­cific hair spa was the Ke­une So Pure Nat­u­ral Bal­ance one, which is sul­fate- and paraben-free.

The process started with the ap­pli­ca­tion of a nour­ish­ing oil that is en­riched with ylang-ylang, pal­marosa and ar­gan oil. Karen ap­plied this onto my scalp and hair, and fol­lowed it up with a short, sooth­ing mas­sage. Be­fore the next step of ap­ply­ing the mask, she thor­oughly sham­pooed my hair to wash off all the oil.

Be­fore the ap­pli­ca­tion of the hair mask, she also added a few drops of Moroc­can ar­gan oil into it. Once ap­plied, she con­tin­ued to mas­sage the mask into my scalp in gen­tle strokes for a good 15 min­utes or so, leav­ing me com­pletely re­laxed (and al­most nod­ding off!)

Post the mas­sage, she al­lowed the mask to sit for a few min­utes al­low­ing the good­ness to seep in. She then washed my hair once more, be­fore round­ing off the treat­ment with a blow dry. The ver­dict? My hair was smooth and felt con­sid­er­ably shinier, and my scalp felt re­freshed and clean.

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