The first time I tried doing scalp massages was a few months ago when I came across the inversion method for hair growth on YouTube. Inversion method is the process where you massage your scalp for about four minutes and put your head in an inverted position for another four minutes. According to the YouTuber, doing the inversion method guaranteed one inch of hair growth within a week. Please do not try the inversion method without doing proper research on it. Although I didn’t continue with the inversion method because it didn’t work for me, it helped me to form the habit of massaging my scalp regularly. In today’s post, I’ll be sharing all the benefits of scalp massages and why it has become part of my regimen.
If you’ve ever been to a spa, then you know all about how relaxing massages can be. Scalp massaging isn’t any different, it is quite relaxing and it helps to release stress. Just as stress is an enemy to healthy skin, it is also an enemy to healthy scalp. If your scalp is unhealthy, it will eventually translate to unhealthy hair. Accumulated stress can result in thinning of hair and excessive shedding; we all know that these will stunt hair growth.
In addition to releasing stress, scalp massages can help stimulate blood flow to the scalp which will improve hair growth. When we eat, our food is disintegrated into nutrients which are dissolved in the blood. The blood carries these nutrients round the body. When you massage the scalp, it stimulates blood flow to it. As the blood flow to the scalp, it carries nutrients along which will nourish the scalp and promote the growth of stronger hair.
Thirdly, scalp massages help to reduce product buildup and dandruff. Massaging the scalp with oils like castor oil, coconut oil, olive oil etc helps to prevent dryness and flaking of the scalp. Also, scalp massaging is a mechanical way of breaking down products that will normally coagulate and clogs the pores of the scalp which will inhibit hair grow. By extension, scalp massages help the scalp to breathe and this is good for the health of the hair.
With all these benefits mentioned, I’m sure you’re curious to know the right way to massage your scalp. Well, it’s very easy. All you need are your hands, an essential oil and a carrier oil.
- Mix an essential oil like lavender oil, tea tree oil, etc with a carrier oil like olive oil, coconut oil, castor oil, etc and put in an applicator bottle.
- Apply the mixture on your scalp and massage.
- Massage using only your fingers. Don’t scratch with your nails as this can injure your scalp.
- Do this once or twice daily.
With this procedure, you will have to wash your hair frequently to remove excess oil. Alternatively, you can apply the oil mixture on your finger tips instead of scalp to reduce the amount of oil on the scalp so that you won’t need to wash your hair all the time. You can also massage your scalp without applying any oil if your scalp already has enough oil on it (in between applications). It should also be noted that massages can be done without any of the oils mentioned above. The major purpose of applying an oil is to reduce friction so any oil of choice should do. However, the above oils have the added benefit of nourishing the scalp.
I’ve been doing scalp massages regularly for about two months now and I’m in love already. I’ve noticed that product buildup has greatly reduced, my hair has grown considerably and I’m really excited to see how much more benefits I’ll see in the coming months. Scalp massaging is definitely here to stay for me.
Ladies, have your added scalp massaging to your regimen? If you have, what benefits have you noticed? If you haven’t, do you think you’ll try it? Please drop your comments in the comments section below.👇
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