Scalp massages are a great way to increase overall scalp and hair health. They can be traced back to India as a part of ayurveda, a holistic medicine that has been used for over 5,000 years. It benefits the hair follicles, skin and scalp.
Here are some of the many health and hair benefits of scalp massages:
- Increased blood flow can stimulate follicles to promote hair growth
- Calm muscle tension around the head and minimize headaches
- Prevent stress and illness
- Increased hair growth
- Decrease dry scalp, itching and flaking
Scalp massages are sometimes performed with oils. Personally I like peppermint oil because it gives a tingling sensation that’s very soothing and stimulating at the same time. However, other types of oils can be used that have different benefits. Only oils specifically designed for the hair and scalp should be used since body oils may be too heavy for the scalp and lead to clogged pores and weighed-down, heavy hair.
Scalp massages should be performed at least once per week to see the most benefits, if you are doing them to improve hair issues or concerns. Weekly massages also help spread the scalp’s natural oil, sebum, throughout the hair frequently.
Pictured (above) is a scalp massager. I received one for Christmas and it is amazing. A video on how I use it will be on my YouTube Channel this week, if you’re interested.
Here are step-by-step instructions on how to give yourself a massage.
Do you give yourself scalp massages? If so, have you seen a difference in your hair?