The Benefits of Scalp Massaging

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A practice which is optional in hair care but  is one that I always recommend is scalp massaging.
From my own personal experience I know that my hair tends to look and feel better when I have been massaging my scalp regularly. I am also convinced that it boosts my hair growth rate and there are a few scientific studies that back this up.
In this post, I will be sharing the benefits of scalp massaging, the science behind how it works and setting out the steps of a good scalp massage.

 

Benefits of Scalp Massaging

  • It helps to promote scalp health by helping to keep the scalp toned and conditioned. A healthy scalp is necessary for hair growth.
  • It stimulates the hair follicles and encourages new growth
  • Some studies have shown that it can increase hair thickness
  • It enhances the strength of our hair follicles ( roots)
  • It helps in the removal of toxins from the scalp by helping with lymphatic drainage.
  • It is great for relaxation and overall well being.

 

How It Works

The manipulation/kneading/massaging of the scalp opens up the blood vessels which increases blood flow to the scalp. This is where the magic happens.
The blood that reaches the scalp helps to deliver oxygen and other nutrients to the hair follicles in the scalp.  All this goodness (oxygen and nutrient) being delivered to our scalp at increased levels or more regularly because of scalp massaging is what leads to all the benefits listed above.
The use of essential oils for scalp massages has been shown in a number of studies to help boost the effects of the scalp massages. Essential oils have also been proven to have positive effects when used in the treatment of alopecia areata.

 

How to do A Scalp Massage

  • Step 1 – select your oils.
    You should choose the carrier oil and the essential oil(s) you would like to use.
    A few examples of carrier oils that can be used include Jamaican Black Castor Oil, olive oil, jojoba oil, grapseed oil.
    Some of the essential oils that have been shown to be good for scalp massages include rosemary, peppermint, lavender, thyme, cedarwood, etc. For my scalp massages I tend to use one teaspoon of carrier oil mixed with 4 to 6 drops of essential oils.

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  • Step 2 – Dip and Apply
    Dip the pads of your finger tips into the mixed oils and apply it to your scalp

 

  • Step 3 – Knead or manipulate
    Use the pads of your finger tips to knead/manipulate/move your scalp in a gentle circular motion staring from the front at your hairline and working your way back towards your nape.
    Apply gentle pressure with your fingers during the massage.
    Do not tangle or rub the hair on your scalp, the aim is to move/knead the scalp not the hair on the scalp. The scalp massage should last between 5 to 10 minutes.

 

As always I hope you have found this post helpful and I encourage you incorporate regular scalp massaging in your hair regimen. When I ‘am being good, I try to massage my scalp twice a week and I would do it often if I had the time.
Do you already massage your scalp regularly?  If yes what oils do you use and how do you think its improved your hair?

My next post will be another educative post about how to understand what your hair is telling you.

See you soon

X

Lade

Learn | Change | Grow

New Hair Style Series

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Hello ladies,

Last year, I forced myself to get out of my hairstyling laziness/rut by starting a bun of the month series.
I tried to come up with simple and easy to do bun hairstyles each month that were different from the everyday super plain ones I usually wear.

The bun of the month series went down well and this year I’ve decided to start an up-do of the month series.
Now here’s the thing….. I love up-does…. but I love them more on other ladies.  I actually do like creating them but the reality is that I will probably keep wearing my buns or faux bobs when I have my hair out because I prefer them for myself.   I’ll probably save the up-does for special occasions.

And on that note, here is the first up-do of the series.

Please look past the facial expression and focus on the height of the style :)

 

I absolutely loved how much height the front/top of the style had (thanks to my new growth and all the texture left in my texlaxed hair). I don’t know how I managed to forget to take a picture of the back of it.   I’ll do better ladies, I promise.


Please come back soon for the educative post about how scalp massaging boosts hair growth.

x

Lade

Learn | Change | Grow

Tips for transitioning from relaxed to texlaxed

One of the benefits of texlaxed hair is how thick it makes your hair look. This picture was taken right after I finished blow drying my hair on my texlax day in March this year.

 

And just like that, December is upon us. 2016 has been a special year in so many ways and I feel blessed to have plenty to be grateful to God for. I hope your year has been fruitful and filled with more happy times than sad ones.

I often get inspired on what topics to write about from the comments and questions I get from so many of you. Today’s post is about texlaxing which I have written about a few times already but I clearly left some stones unturned since I still get many questions about this.
I thought I should  answer the most popular FAQ’s I get about texlaxing and also add links to my previous post about texlaxing. I hope this will make things clearer for any oldie or newbie who has questions about texlaxing.

If you would like to know what texlaxing is, methods of texlaxing, products used for texlaxing as well as the pros and cons of texlaxing please click here and here.

 

FAQ 1 – Do I need to do anything to my relaxed hair before I start texlaxing ?

No, there is no rite of passage for switching from relaxed hair to texlaxed hair. There isn’t any special product to be used or processed to be completed before a relaxed lady can begin to texlax her hair. You simply start under processing your hair instead of letting it become fully straight when next you relax.

 

FAQ 2 – Am I supposed to cut off all my relaxed hair when I start texlaxing?

This is entirely up to you. When you begin texlaxing your hair, you can decide to cut off all your relaxed hair or you can have a more long term transition by trimming off the relaxed hair gradually over a few months or years even. Whatever works best for you.

 

FAQ 3 – How do I manage the two textures in my hair ( texlaxed texture and relaxed texture) whilst I am transitioning to full texlaxed hair

You may find it difficult to manage texlaxed hair initially especially if you normally relax you hair bone straight.
The look and feel and maintenance of texlaxed hair may take some ladies a while to get used to depending on how much texture is left in your hair.

When it comes to managing hair of different textures some tips that never go wrong include moisturising and sealing regularly to ensure that both textures are well hydrated and flexible which will help reduce the risk of breakage.

Detangling and combing in sections, texlaxed hair tends to feel and look much fuller than relaxed hair so working in section will help you ensure you are more thorough with detangling and applying products. It also allows you to comb your hair more gently. Again this helps to reduce the risk of breakage.

Embracing the natural look and natural hair inspired styles also helps. You have to mentally adjust and be ready to embrace styles that work with your textured roots rather than recreate the extremely sleek looks you might have gotten away with when your hair was fully relaxed straight.

 

FAQ 4 – I have type 4 hair, will texlaxing give me type 3 hair?

Texlaxing does not convert your hair from one curl type to another especially if you have type 4 hair. The look many ladies with type 4 hair achieve with texlaxing is that of blown out natural hair.

 

I hope the contents of this post and the links to the older posts about texlaxing answers your questions and demystifies texlaxing once and for all. If however you have more questions about texlaxing please comment below and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
Please feel free to encourage other readers by sharing your own experience of transitioning from relaxed to texlaxed.

The next post will be a wig related/hair update/wig safety post.

Come back soon

X

Lade

Learn | Change | Grow

Have You Read My Latest Post On Bella Naija

 

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Hello Ladies,

For anyone who is interested in learning about lye versus no lye relaxers and wants tips on which one may work better for their hair and scalp, read my latest post on Bella Naija by clicking here.
I am sure it will be helpful to so many ladies out there.

Happy reading

x

Lade

Learn | Change | Grow

Detangle, Style and Massage- My review of the Savvy & Chic Comb System

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Hello ladies,

I hope you are all well.  I don’t think I do review posts often enough and plan to do a whole lot more of them going forward.  I am really excited about the items in this review because they were created by a Nigerian brand.

Naija hair can grow is one of the top hair care blogs in Nigeria which I first came across when thinking about starting my own hair care website.
Daboju (or Dabs as I like to call her) the creator of the blog is also the founder of Savvy & Chic Beauty Hub, a healthy hair care salon. I am such a huge fan of Dabs entrepreneurial spirit, her lovely personality and most importantly by how hard working she is.
I was really impressed when she announced on her Instagram that she had launched a 4 step combing system and knew immediately I would be purchasing them for personal use, to support a fellow Nigerian entrepreneur and also for review on Hairducation.

As always, I purchased the system with my own funds and intend to give my honest opinion about it.

I decided to purchase 3 out of the 4 items. The item I did not buy is a brush that I knew I would probably never use because I don’t tend to go for the super sleek look. I also knew I probably wouldn’t be able to give an accurate review of the brush as someone who never really uses hair brushes in general. On that note, I will get on with my review of the 3 items that I did buy

 

Edge Slick & Tame Coil Comb

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In all honesty, I bought this comb out of curiosity.   It is rather distinct looking and I was curious to see the many ways I could use it. At first touch, I was impressed by and loved how sturdy it felt. I had expected it to feel flimsy.

The comb is designed to create smooth edges and can also be used for creating comb curls and locs in natural hair. As I mentioned above, I personally don’t bother to sleek down or lay my edges but I tested this comb on my hairline and it worked really well. If you are fed up of using a toothbrush to smoothen your hairline, this works very well. It can be used by relaxed, texlaxed and natural haired ladies.

I could not test the combs ability to create coils or locs because my hair is relaxed but I have seen such styles being created in salons so I know this comb will be ideal for those purposes. It is also great for creating parts which is how I use it majority of the time. I think ladies who like their edges sleek and smooth will have greater use of this than I currently do.

 

Tangle Ease Detangler Comb

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The comb is described as an anti static comb with a firm grip guard which gently detangles knots and prevents hair breakage.
Again I like the sturdy feel of the comb and for some reason I really like the size of the comb too. The teeth of the comb is well spaced out so it is able to smooth hair enough without causing breakage like fine tooth combs often do.

The only negative thing I have to say about this comb is the way it is described, a lady who is new on a hair journey may be led to believe that this comb can be used to remove all knots and tangles and this isn’t correct. If you have loads of tight knots and tangles in your hair, you should always finger detangle it first. You can then follow up with the detangler comb to remove any loose knots or tangles that may be left in the hair and further smoothen the hair.

I have used this comb several times and I can say that after finger detangling first, it did a really good job of finishing off the detangling process and smoothening my hair without catching and snagging on my hair like some poorly manufactured combs do.

 

Ultimate Grow Scalp Massager

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According to the description on the package, this item is for optimum blood circulation to the scalp and hair follicles and will promote hair growth.

I was surprised by this item, surprised by how much I liked it. I thought i would be indifferent to it but I really enjoyed the tingling feeling I got when I used it. Some ladies may find this massager a little bit uncomfortable to use but for me it was fine.

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Please note that it should not be dragged through your hair as this would cause breakage. I used it by pressing it very gently on one spot and moving my scalp (not my hair) with it in a small circular motion. I would then lift it from my scalp gently and use it on another spot. Again I really enjoyed how it made my scalp feel. I haven’t used it for long enough or consistently enough to tell whether it will boost hair growth but It certainly got blood flowing to my scalp.

 

The three items I purchased cost under N3000. I would certainly recommend them for ladies who want good quality hair care and hair styling combs. Well done Dabs!!!!!!!

I have a few more posts cooking and hope to upload them really soon.

x

Lade
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