Your hair is your crowning glory. You probably don’t give its thickness a thought if you already have luscious, dense hair. For those who do not or who notice more and more hair in their brush and their hair part starting to show, finding a way to encourage hair growth is important.
Healthy hair is an important aspect of the reason people have thicker hair. Healthy hair starts at the scalp with a healthy hair root. The hair root includes the hair bulb and the dermal papilla. The dermal papilla receives the nutrients from the blood vessels.
It attaches to the skin on the cap of the skull called the scalp. Unlike other parts of the body, there are no muscles in the scalp. Beneath the skin is connective tissue, a thin tendinous structure called the epicranial aponeurosis, loose connective tissue, and pericranium.
The Benefits of Scalp Massages
The reason it’s important to note there are no muscles is that muscles help with circulation. This area lacks circulation. The tighter the area, the less circulation. The more limited the flow, the more prone you are to hair loss. You can test how tight the scalp is by trying to move it, then go to another looser area, such as the temple, to compare.
A properly done scalp massage can increase blood circulation to the hair follicles, increase relaxation, decrease stress, condition the scalp, and boost the strength of the hair roots.
① The kneading pressure applied by massage warms the skin and opens up blood vessels to increase flow and promote circulation. Increased circulation means that the cells of the hair follicle will receive more of the nutrients necessary to optimal hair growth function.
② The rubbing motion promotes relaxation and feels good, thus increasing the production of “feel good” chemicals that work to lower levels of stress hormone in the body. Lower stress levels allow your organs to function more efficiently, thus boosting your hair follicle’s ability to grow hair.
③ It lubricates and conditions the scalp, helping to prevent flakes and dry scalp without the use of harsh chemical shampoos.
④ It helps enhance blood circulation in the head and neck area. When the scalp is “tight” from stress, circulation and hair growth are impeded.
It helps to relax the scalp and increase pliability.
⑤ It helps strengthen the roots of the hair and nourishes the hair-shafts, promoting new hair growth and strengthening current hair.
⑥ It helps soften and condition the hair, making it more manageable. It spreads the natural oils of the hair, increasing hair luster and vibrancy.
⑦ It helps protect hair from the damaging effects of the sun and harsh weather by improving resiliency over time.
⑧ It is replenishing and rejuvenating for dry, damaged hair, and helps prevent excessive brittleness and split-ends.
Tips for Carving out Time for a Scalp Massage
- When you’re too tired to do your scalp massage, have your Significant Other or children massage your scalp for you.
- While watching your favorite show on television, reading or surfing the internet, take a few minutes to do your scalp massage. You will get it done in no time.
- Massage your scalp 1st thing in the morning before you style your hair or in the evening before your tie your hair up.
Oils for Scalp Massages:
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Jamaican Black Castor Oil
How to Do the Scalp Massage
① Scalp massage is one way to stimulate the scalp to feed the hair roots and encourage blood flow. Use a light touch and never use your nails that can scrape the scalp and damage newly forming hair.
② You start at the side with your fingers open in a cup shape, lightly touching the sides of the head with your hands over your ears. Massage by moving your fingers up and down.
③ The goal is to move the scalp up and down, more stimulating blood flow in the process. Run your fingers until you can weave the fingers of one hand into the other and use the base of the hand to massage the area.
④ Work your fingers from the hairline back to the crown. Use your hands at the back of the head to move the scalp from side to side, as you move your hands close to the center.
You can do scalp massage anywhere. It helps stimulate the blood flow but is just one step to thicker more luxurious hair. I enjoy massaging my scalp gently in the morning to give me a boost and at the end of the workday.
It is both stimulating and relaxing at the same time. The fact is, it promotes circulation that’s why I started it, but my twice daily regimen continues because it feels great.
Watch the video below to learn the techniques.