Head spa services are popping up at a salon near you.
Head spas, a rejuvenating service that’s 70 percent massage and 30 percent blow-dry, are gaining speed as a must-try treatment for men in salons, and rightfully so. It’s a service that’s hard to find in just any neighborhood salon.
In Hawai`i, few establishments take the jump into head spa territory. DADA Salon and MOJO Barbershop, each vastly different in their approach to head spas, are the first in the industry to navigate the seas on this soothing stress reliever. As distinctive as DADA Salon and MOJO Barbershop are from one another, both businesses share a common foundation: owners that know how to create high-end salon-quality treatments for men.
At DADA Salon (dadahawaii.com), owner Richie Miao draws influence from his time in Asia, where head spas reign supreme in Korea, China and Japan.
Similar to Asia-based salons, DADA Salon performs their head spas on a flat massage bed with a shampooing sink at the head of the bed. As you settle into the massage bed with a blanket and pillow to rest your legs on, a spa assistant uses a Kerastase diagnostic scalp camera to assess what products will benefit you best. The wallet-sized camera zooms up to three thousand times to see the health condition of your scalp, aiding the assistant to choose moisturizing products if your scalp is dry or recovery products if your hair is damaged. This way, each head spa is customized to what’s best for that specific client.
After this evaluation, you’re free to close your eyes and drift off into pure relaxation as you’re thoroughly shampooed, conditioned and massaged from head to shoulders. Once your hair is rinsed and cleaned, a spa assistant blow-dries your hair, leaving you with soft-to-the-touch locks.
For Miao, head spas aren’t designated solely for special occasions. “Getting a head spa is a great way to escape for an hour of your day and finish with a perfect hair style and be ready for your next meeting or date,” Miao says.
Over at MOJO Barbershop’s (mojobarbershop.com) new McCully location, husband-and-wife owners Matt Leo and Marian Lee bring the same attention to detail to their Portland-inspired vintage looking shop. Th e elevated barber-shops lining the streets of Portland (an urban cornucopia of local “hipster” businesses) helped the couple realize what was missing in Honolulu.
In a room filled with flat screen TVs playing sports, “regulars” chatting with their favorite barber, and men sipping on post-haircut beers, it’s a surprising change of pace to offer head spas in the middle of it all—but it works.
MOJO Barbershop’s head spas are a mix of classic head massage techniques and old-time barbershop flair. Here, head spas begin with a relaxing aromatherapy treat for the senses. Immersed in a serene smell of lavender and peppermint oils, you continue onto a 15-minute massage that targets the neck, temples, pressure points, and scalp. After a blissful 15 minutes, a stylist blow-dries your hair before offering you an ice-cold brew to sip on.
MOJO Barbershop’s head spas—a new venture for the dapper store—are gaining popularity among clients as an extra indulgence to their regularly scheduled haircuts. “It’s a nice way for guys to relax without having to go through the “frou-frou” spa experience. It’s simple, quick and effective,” Lee says.
She’s right. Just look around you—well-kept men with gelled hair and tailored suits outnumber those dressed in slippers and board shorts every day. Today, it’s not uncommon for modern men to search for a pampering treatment that’s not overly feminine or intimidating. And that’s where head spas come into play.
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