The Power Of The Scalp Massage
Boosting your scalp health can be easier than you think; it starts with a simple scalp massage. This massage therapy tool has been known for its ability to alleviate stress almost instantly, but what makes them so powerful?
Read on to learn how scalp massage can also be used to increase the overall health of your scalp & hair.
Stress & Insomnia Relief
Before we go further, it’s important to understand the effects of stress on your body. Stress can actually prevent your body from functioning properly by limiting the amount of serotonin produced in your brain. Scalp massages increase the production of serotonin, which in turn, boosts your mood. It can also aid in the relief of tension headaches!
Scalp massage can also increase your sleep quality, helping to improve your ability to fall asleep and stay asleep.
Flaky Scalp Support
It’s not all relaxation. Scalp massages aid in the removal of dead skin cells from skin’s surface, which can help limit hair loss for certain individuals. Scalp massage also supports the healing of scalp conditions like dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis and psoriasis.
Here’s How It Works:
When used at least once a week for 5-10 minutes, a scalp massage helps dilate your scalp’s tiny arteries, which boosts blood flow to each of your hair follicles. Boost blood flow prolongs your hair growth cycle, giving your hair shaft more time to grow.
Take note, technique matters! The effectiveness of your scalp massage treatment is dependent on factors like pressure applied and your overall application process. Incorporating a Hydrating Mask, or oils with essential oils like rosemary and eucalyptus can significantly boost results by helping you de-stress while stimulating your hair follicles. Simply apply a nickel-size amount into your palm with equal parts olive oil, then rub together before massaging into scalp.
For those suffering from dandruff or seborrheic dermatitis, follow up with soothing compounds like aloe vera.
Here’s How To Do It:
A quality scalp massage starts at the front of your scalp and works backwards. In order to make it most effective, pressure should be firm, gentle, and consistent.
Using the shape of your hairline as your guide, place hands on an L-shape, then massage with firm pressure in a circular motion. Use all your fingers with applied pressure in a circular motion while taking deep breaths to increase the oxygen flow throughout your body. (This increased amount of oxygen flow leads to increased blood flow, allowing the cells to function at their fullest potential.)
For those treating a tension headache, spend extra time on the base of the skull and on your temples, where tension often accumulates.
Repeat 1-2x weekly for 5 to 10 minutes to help encourage and support new hair growth. Pro Tip: The use of steam can make a scalp massage more powerful… So try it in the shower!