If you’ve ever had a body massage, you know how refreshing and wonderful you feel from head to toe afterwards. Since this therapeutic practice does so much for the body, why can’t it do the same for your scalp and hair? Even though our hair is actually “dead,” the scalp isn’t, and whatever makes the scalp happy will directly affect the status of your hair.
The great thing about doing a scalp massage is that you don’t need a professional and can perform your own scalp massage right in the comfort of your own home. The reason scalp massages are so beneficial for your hair is due to the massage’s ability to stimulate the circulation of the scalp. This simple activity causes the roots of the hair to receive nutrients quicker and pushes out toxins and other waste, which tends to accumulate on the hair cells, which can affect the hair negatively.
You can do either a dry scalp massage or a special massage using oils. To perform a dry scalp massage, all you need to do is use the pads of your fingertips to rub small circles into your scalp. There is no right or wrong way, but if you start to feel your scalp tingling, you’ll know that it’s working. You can slowly work your way from the front to the back of your scalp or target certain areas. Massage your scalp for about 2-3 minutes – that’s all that’s needed and you can do it as little or as often as you’d like each day. Dry scalp massages are especially ideal prior to washing your hair.
For a deeper scalp massage, you can use special oil. As with the dry scalp massage, oil massages stimulate the scalp’s circulation but also comes with a score of other benefits. The oil works to condition and lubricate the scalp, which means no dandruff or the need for hair products that use chemicals to relieve dry and flaky scalps. Using oil in a scalp massage also rejuvenates dry, damaged hair, prevents split ends, encourages the production of the hair’s natural oils, restores luster and manageability, and strengthens the roots of the hair and the hair shaft, while softening and conditioning.
Oil scalp massages should only be one done once a week and may require the aid of a specialist at your local salon or day spa. However, if you want to do it yourself, all you need to do is pour the oil into a bowl and warm it by putting the bowl in a pot of hot water (do not allow any water to get into the bowl). Make sure the oil is warm and not hot to avoid burning your scalp. Apply the oil with the pads of your fingers to various parts of your scalp.
Part the hair if you need to. You can also apply the oil to your hair from roots to ends. As you apply the oil to your entire scalp, use your fingers to create slow and steady movements. Work your way from the sides of your scalp to your ears, up to the top and to the back of your neck. Keep the oil on your scalp for 30-60 minutes or longer before rinsing it out. You can also use a towel dipped in hot water and wrap your hair up to allow the oil to further condition and soften your hair.