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I Got a Head Spa Scalp Facial: See Photos

The Best Facial I've Ever Gotten Wasn't on My Face — It Was on My Scalp

I Got a Head Spa Scalp Facial: See Photos
Image Source: Kelsey Castañon

  • "Head spa" scalp facials are gaining popularity on TikTok.
  • The service is offered by Masa Kanai Salon in New York City.
  • One editor tried the scalp facial and is sharing her results.

Anyone who says the best things in life are free has clearly never experienced the utter euphoria that is a spa facial-with-complimentary head massage. Forget hugs; forget sleep. For me, the only thing better than having a stranger perform a series of hand aerobics from the neck up while Enya hums quietly in the background is the part where the technician gets to your scalp.

That, my friends, is when the magic happens.

And now, the treatment that was once considered an add-on is getting its own spot on U.S. hair salon menus — results from the service are going viral on TikTok. Widely popular in Japan, the "head spa" is exactly what it sounds like: the experience of a facial, but for your noggin. Brilliant. With the exception of Barack and Michelle Obama, I couldn't think of a more perfect marriage of my two favorite things.

I've also needed help in the scalp department since the beginning of dry shampoo. My head, like my combination skin, is a walking contradiction — equal parts oily and dry, with flecks of dandruff sprinkled atop like cornflakes. Needless to say, I immediately booked an appointment with stylist Ritsuko Borges at Masa Kanai.

What came next? There's only one word for it: priceless.

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