One often overlooked practice when it comes to healthier and longer hair is scalp massage. Regular scalp massages are a simple and effective way to improve the overall health of your hair as well as stimulate growth. Continue reading as we explore the benefits of scalp massages and how to properly do them on yourself!
Benefits of Scalp Massages for Hair Growth and Healthy Hair
Increases Blood Circulation
Scalp massages increase blood circulation to the hair follicles, which helps to promote hair growth. When blood flow is increased, it delivers more oxygen and nutrients to the hair follicles, which helps to strengthen the hair and promote healthy growth.
Scalp massages are also a great way to reduce stress. When you massage your scalp, it releases tension in the muscles and promotes relaxation. Stress can have a negative impact on hair growth and can lead to hair loss. By reducing stress, you are creating an optimal environment for healthy hair growth.
Stimulates the Sebaceous Glands
Scalp massages also stimulate the sebaceous glands, which are responsible for producing the natural oils that keep your scalp and hair moisturized. When these glands are stimulated, they produce more oil, which helps to moisturize the scalp and prevent dandruff and dryness.
How to Properly Do Scalp Massages on Yourself (With & Without Oil)
Choose the Right Oil
Before you start your scalp massage, choose the right oil for your hair type. If you have dry hair, you may want to use a heavier oil such as castor oil or olive oil. If you have oily hair, you may want to use a lighter oil such as jojoba oil or grapeseed oil.
Divide Your Hair
Divide your hair into sections to make it easier to massage your scalp. Use a comb or your fingers to create four or five sections.
Apply the oil to your fingertips and then apply it to your scalp. Massage the oil into your scalp using circular motions. Use your fingertips to apply pressure to your scalp, but be gentle to avoid damaging your hair or scalp.
Massage Your Scalp
Start at the front of your head and work your way to the back. Use circular motions to massage your scalp for three to five minutes in each section. Be sure to cover your entire scalp, including the sides and the back.
Leave the Oil in Your Hair
After you have finished your scalp massage, leave the oil in your hair for at least 30 minutes or overnight. This will give your hair and scalp time to absorb the nutrients from the oil.
*Scalp massages with oil can be done on hair wash days.
How to Do a Daily Scalp Massage (Without Oil)
If you don't want to use a hair oil so that you can do them daily, here's how to do it like a pro:
Use Your Fingertips
Use the pads of your fingertips to gently massage your scalp in a circular motion. Start at the front of your hairline and work your way back.
Apply enough pressure to feel a slight tug on your scalp, but not so much that it hurts. You want to stimulate the blood flow to your scalp without causing any damage.
Cover Your Entire Scalp
Be sure to cover your entire scalp, including the sides and back of your head. Spend a few minutes massaging each section of your scalp.
Use a Massage Tool
If you find it difficult to use your fingertips, you can also use a massage tool, such as a scalp massager or a boar bristle brush. These tools can help to stimulate blood flow to your scalp and promote healthy hair growth.
Try to incorporate a daily scalp massage into your routine. Even just a few minutes a day can make a difference in the health of your scalp and hair.