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.
- 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.
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