In Search of Singapore's Best Head Spa: Michaela's Scalp Treatment is the Perk-Me-Up Your Scalp Has Been Asking For

Published on May 24, 2019

Hello, I'm Chief Editor of Beauty Undercover, Agent G.

Like many Singaporeans, I am an ardent fan of massages. If I have the time (and budget), I try to sneak in a massage once every 2-3 months to give my body the pampering it deserves. Recently though, I've been turning to an alternative massage option that I feel is more time and value-effective: head spa. Everyone is different but for me, I like the scalp and shoulder massage the most in a full body massage. Maybe because I sit at the desk for long hours and frequently feel stressed, massage of the head and shoulders relieves the deepest aches that plague me. Beyond relaxation though, I've been going for head spas more frequently because they also help to solve another problem of mine - hair thinning.

Head spas at salons are very much like facials for the scalp: they wash and clarify the scalp during the massage, then apply hair tonic that is readily absorbed. This process helps to unclog pores at the scalp, slow down thinning hair and even promote hair growth. 

Relaxation and effectively slowing down hair thinning all in one? Why not?

That got me writing about the 10 Reasons Why Head Spa is The Newest Hair Service We Can't Live Without. Since then, I've been around different salons to see which gives the best head spa in Singapore. 

I've previously tried COVO Japanese Hair Salon @ KatongWalking on Sunshine @ Orchard Central and now Hair Salon Tokyo Michaela @ Riverside Point.

Read on to find out how the head spa differs here.

April 2019


I've always wanted to try Hair Salon Tokyo Michaela because it is thus far the only hair salon linked to a cosmetic company back in Japan. They have their own inhouse haircare products, Michaela Pharmatica, developed with unique ingredients such as bird's nest and watermelon rinds.

While a head spa technically focuses on the scalp, I find that most ingredients does help nourish the hair as well. 

Given that my hair condition is a little dry right now, I think a head spa is sorely needed.

Before Head Spa at Michaela Japanese Hair Salon

So I made an appointment with the handsome mature stylist Kenta at Hair Salon Tokyo Michaela.

Michaela Japanese Salon Interior

It is easy to see why the salon is particularly popular among office workers in the area as well as Moms with children during off-peak hours; the salon is spacious and the assistants / stylists very comfortable with children. 

Refreshments and Hot Towel at Michaela Japanese Hair Salon

My head spa appointment of the day is with Kenta, the salon manager. He isn't the one performing the head spa though. Upon arrival, he served me beverages and snacks to get me ready for the day.

Don't you love how cute the cupholder is?

Drinks at Michaela Japanese Hair Salon

Next, he checked my hair condition and shared with me about the different head spas + hair treatment combos available and the price, so that I can decide what works for me. Owing to the price difference, I decided to go for Original Scalp Treatment by Michaela (costing $80), an affordable head spa option to see how their scalp treatment is like.

Choice of Head Spa at Michaela Japanese Hair Salon

I was escorted to the hair wash area where the assistant began the head spa treatment.

Getting Original Scalp Treatment at Michaela Japanese Hair Salon

I love how the seat automatically reclines so you can lie down to get comfortable. I didn't manage to get my video taken this time but here's how it was for Agent I when she permed her hair at Hair Salon Tokyo Michaela.

Getting Original Scalp Treatment at Michaela Japanese Hair Salon

A brownish liquid was first applied to my hairline.

This liquid is a clarifying lotion that helps to get rid of all the dirt, dead cells and gunk from the scalp. 

Getting Original Scalp Treatment at Michaela Japanese Hair Salon

The assistant massaged it all over my scalp, helping it to be better absorbed while I doze off.

Getting Original Scalp Treatment at Michaela Japanese Hair Salon

A towel was wrapped around my hair to accelerate absorption of the clarifying lotion into the scalp.

Warm water was poured onto it for the same reason. At this point, it is safe to say that I was failing to stay awake.

Getting Original Scalp Treatment at Michaela Japanese Hair Salon

How can you not take a nap when you're all wrapped up, warm and have someone giving you a relaxing scalp massage?

Relaxing Head Massage During Head Spa at Michaela Japanese Hair Salon

That's not the end of the massages.

Relaxing Head Massage During Head Spa at Michaela Japanese Hair Salon

The hair assistant washed off the clarifying lotion and started to massage/shampoo my hair!

A super relaxing head massage! I'm convinced that this is the reason why many people love head spas as much as I do. They really know which areas to press for ultimate relaxation.

Getting Original Scalp Treatment at Michaela Japanese Hair Salon

Alas, the massages had to end. With the gunk all cleared, it is time to apply some serum that will be more easily absorbed into the scalp to promote scalp health! 

Application of Scalp Serum During Head Spa at Michaela Japanese Hair Salon

Then, it was back to reality

Blow Dry at Michaela Japanese Hair Salon

as the automatic chair recliner moves me back to the sitting position.

Blow Dry at Michaela Japanese Hair Salon

Back at the seat, Kenta helped to blow my hair dry

Blow Dry at Michaela Japanese Hair Salon

and styled my hair so I was ready to take on whatever the day threw at me.

Blow Dry at Michaela Japanese Hair Salon
Before Head Spa at Michaela
Shiny and Healthy Hair After Head Spa at Michaela Japanese Hair Salon

Look how silky and shiny my hair looked! 

Even though this was just a head spa, my hair also looked more moisturized afterwards.

Overall thoughts


Michaela Original Scalp Treatment is a perfect perk-me-up during lunchtime or after work as it incorporates a number of relaxing massages that relaxes and makes your scalp happy. The price will also not break the bank at an additional $80 (if you are already intending to come here for a haircut) or $110 by itself. Given that you will also get your hair styled afterwards, you should definitely consider coming here before an important meeting or even a date!

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