I’m generally not a calm person. Slow walkers, delayed subway trains, and my roommate taking over the bathroom in the morning are just a few minor inconveniences that stress me out on a daily basis. Making it through the week requires a few coffees every day, mid-week wine, and a lot of self-care.
While I try to prioritize and make time for myself, in reality it’s usually limited to a weekly face or hair mask because I can barely manage to fit in keeping up with my laundry, let alone allowing my brain to completely shut off for 10 minutes to meditate. So, if there’s a way to streamline wellness into my week, I’m ready and willing to try it, which is how I wound up getting a healing crystal-cleanse blowout treatment at LAUREN + VANESSA in New York.
Healing crystals have had quite the year. The minerals and gemstones rejoined the mainstream and it seems like everyone has their own set, myself included. Their metaphysical properties and the positive energy they are believed to emit are not only being used to balance people’s minds and temperaments, but they’ve also migrated into skincare products, too.
The Crystal Cleanse Ritual at LAUREN + VANESSA focuses on the opening up and promoting circulation of your crown chakra (located at the crown of the head) with essential oils and crystals that hold cleansing properties. In turn, the treatment is supposed to help you feel more balanced throughout your day-to-day and encourage a healthier scalp.
After picking an affirmation card from a deck at random, Lauren smudged me with Palo Santo from head-to-toe to cut any bad vibes I came in contact with that day. Once I said bye to the bad energy, we moved over to the sink where I laid back with my eyes closed and Lauren had me smell four essential oils and select which appealed the most to me. Peppermint with a blend of eucalyptus was my choice, which is supposed to be great for enhancing energy and mental alertness—two things I desperately needed during a busy week of pre-holiday deadlines.
A scalp massage using the oils followed, and then came the crystals. Lauren chooses which crystals to incorporate into the treatment based on the essential oils one picks and which complement the crown chakra. First, red calcite, known for eliminating fear and erasing road blocks that hold you back in life, was placed in my right hand, and ametrine, known for releasing negativity and enhancing mental clarity, in my left hand.
The series of rocks including moonstone, lapis, selenite, chevron amethyst, and clear quartz that Lauren used to massage my head as well as throat chakra and third eye (the area between the eyebrows), aid in areas like mental clarity, stress relief, circulation, tuning into one’s intuition. All of the aforementioned felt nice on my skin, and I could almost tune out the blow-drying happening in the salon around me, but what surprised me was the effect blue lace agate had on my third eye.
I had a killer tension headache brewing when I arrived at the salon, but it literally was wiped away with this rock that’s known for soothing tension headaches and an overactive mind, which basically sums up my usual mental state. Following the crystal cleanse was the standard shampoo and a blowout with Vanessa, during which I felt completely at ease, forgetting the fact that I didn’t wrap up everything I wanted to at work that day, another minute detail that gives me anxiety at night.
Usually around 11PM on weeknights I get a second jolt of energy that keeps me scrolling deep through my social media feeds longer than I want to admit. However, the night following the treatment I could barely keep my eyes open. The next day at work I felt relaxed, despite missing info that prevented me from meeting some of the day’s deadlines. If a blowout is what it takes to be more zen, my laundry can wait a little longer.