Did you know? Without a proper scalp massage, no hair oiling session is ever complete. While scalp massaging may be a by the way for many naturals, you’ll be surprised to find out how this simple practice can transform the health of your hair. Read on as we explain why scalp massaging is a key element in any natural hair care routine, along with a step-by-step guide on how to perform a proper scalp massage.
What Is A Scalp Massage?
A scalp massage is basically a kind of head massage which involves the use of your fingertips to apply mild weight to your scalp. A scalp massage is usually enhanced with a natural oil to nourish the scalp. You use your fingertips to make little circles with the oil all over your scalp, for about 5 minutes.
Another choice is to use a scalp massager, which simulates the pressure of your fingertips.
What Are Some Benefits Of Scalp Massaging?
1. Stimulates hair growth: Several studies and research support the fact that scalp massaging stimulates the chair follicles to produce hair.
A scalp massage encourages increased blood flow to the hair follicles, enhancing circulation which promotes hair growth. Some research also indicates that by stretching the cells in hair follicles, scalp massages can stimulate growth of thicker hair. To enjoy these benefits, a scalp massage should be done regularly, at least twice a day.
2. Enhances product absorption: Not only are you treating yourself when you get a scalp massage, but you’re also getting the most out of your hair care products. By massaging the scalp, products like shampoo, hair oils and butters are able to penetrate more effectively, and work to your benefit.
3. Prevents tension and tightness: Your scalp may experience tension and tightness after installing a protective style or any other hairstyle, and a scalp massage can help with that. Regular scalp massages relieve any tension and tightness in your scalp, preventing issues like scalp pain and headaches.
4. Exfoliation: Scalp massages help in the removal of dead skin cells, encouraging a clean and balanced scalp environment. This reduces the occurrence of buildup and scalp conditions like dandruff.
How to perform a scalp massage
A scalp massage can be performed with or without an oil. If you prefer to use an oil, you can start the process by picking one of your choice. Plant-based oils like coconut, argan, jojoba, and almond oil are good choices, as well as essential oils like peppermint and rosemary. Essential oils can be very potent, so they should be diluted with carrier oils to prevent irritation.
After selecting an oil, divide your hair into 2-4 sections, depending on your hair length, to make the massage more effective and manageable. Use hair ties or clips to keep the hair sections in place.
To enhance absorption, warm the oil between your palms or place it in a container in warm water, or put it in the microwave for a few seconds.
Now, you can begin the massage. Use your fingers to get a small amount of the oil and apply it to your scalp. Choose a place to start; you can begin with the back of your head gradually moving up to the scalp, or vice versa. Whichever you choose, ensure you cover your entire scalp. Make circular motions in each part, focusing on the areas you feel any tension or tightness. This is a self care ritual, so take your time and enjoy the relaxation that comes with it.
On top of being relaxing, scalp massaging is highly beneficial for healthy hair growth, relieving tension and tightness, as well as exfoliation. You make some research and try out different oils to discover which ones suit your hair type best, and include a scalp massage as a special part of your haircare routine. Your scalp and hair will appreciate the extra TLC.