No matter what we do, no matter how hard we try, we just can't replicate the blissful effects of an in-salon shampooing. But in this case, we're not complaining. Shu Uemura Art of Hair recently revealed its "ceremony room" in San Francisco's Joseph Cozza Salon, one of only three in the nation to have such a space. Tucked away from the main salon, the room gives clients the privacy to relax and unwind during the shampoo-and-condition process. There's also a bliss-inducing head massage that practically guarantees less stress. Add glossy lacquered walls and chilled-out music, and you might never want to be shampooed elsewhere ever again.
Oh, and here's another fact: my hair has been fried by a new dryer lately. Frizz city, population: me. So when I was invited to try the 30-minute "in-salon ritual," I jumped at the chance to make my hair a bit more Lively. The mix of lipids, emollients, and vitamins promises to strengthen hair, heal the scalp, and create shine and softness. Can a $60 treatment make me feel like a new woman, preferably one with better hair? Join me at the salon to find out.