Lately I’ve been trying to introduce new practices to my regimen, try new products and all that and one thing that’s caught my attention of recent is scalp massages. I haven’t really been doing them so far in my hair journey except when shampooing so I was curious about it and decided to read up on it and after I did, I thought it was worth sharing so here..
Scalp massage therapy is possibly one of the most relaxing treatments out there because there is so much tension in our neck and head and having a little relief by massaging those areas makes a lot of difference.. But asides that, the most important benefit of a good head massage is increasing blood flow to your head and scalp. Performing a hair care regimen that keeps hair clean, conditioned and moisturized helps to ensure that hair grows out strong and healthy and adding a scalp massage to a hair care regimen stimulates the scalp, improves circulation and reduces stress. If you’re to promote hair growth, you should consider performing scalp massages regularly. This new blood flow will stimulate the capillaries in your head and promote healthy hair regrowth.
1. It helps enhance blood circulation in the head and neck area. When the scalp is “tight” from stress, circulation and hair growth are impeded.
2. It lubricates and conditions the scalp, helping to prevent flakes and dry scalp without the use of harsh chemical shampoos.
3. It helps strengthen the roots of the hair and nourishes the hair-shafts, promoting new hair growth and strengthening current hair.
4. It helps soften and condition the hair, making it more manageable.
5. It spreads the natural oils of the hair, increasing hair luster and vibrancy.
6. It helps protect hair from the damaging effects of the sun and harsh weather by improving resiliency over time.
7. It is replenishing and rejuvenating for dry, damaged hair, and helps prevent excessive brittleness and split-ends.
8. It also helps reduce body heat in general, especially if you have been up late a few nights or your eyes are smarting from too much close work on the computer or reading.
How to perform scalp massages:
Massage your scalp in a V motion.. Spread your fingers, and then place your fingertips on the scalp. You should avoid using fingernails to prevent breaking hair strands or damaging the scalp. Keeping finger tips on the scalp at all times, extend and contract the fingers two to three times; similar to the shape of a checkmark. Move fingers around the scalp, covering all areas. Use slow, gentle movements to move fingertips in a circular motion, alternating fingertips around different areas of the scalp.
You could add two to three drops of an essential oil such as rosemary, lavender, thyme or cedarwood to the finger tips before massaging the scalp. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, essential oils increase circulation and are commonly used to treat the scalps of alopecia patients. Essential oils also help in providing moisture to a dry scalp. Those with oily skin or oily scalps should check with their hairstylist about other products to use instead of essential oils. Some conditioners have mint or similar elements in them to provide a more relaxing or stimulating experience.
Massage the scalp for at least three minutes or longer if preferred. Repeat as often as necessary. Do scalp massages anytime with the understanding that primary benefits of scalp massages occur when massages are performed once or twice daily.
I just got crochet braids (Havana twists) installed and while I can’t wait to share with you all what a steal this hair style was, I intend to start performing this scalp massages to relieve the tension on my scalp and promote hair growth. As always, I hope you found this useful.. How often do you massage your scalp and if you don’t already, will you start?