Why you should try scalp massages for healthy hair!
There are hundreds of products available on the market for our hair. Each one telling us something different. Shampoos, masks, supplements and treatments all promising us the Earth. And yet, within our own fingertips lies the ideal solution to reinvigorate our own hair.
Not everyone has tried scalp massages for healthy hair before but it has long since proven to be beneficial. Added to that, of course, is just how relaxing and stress relieving it is too. So what are the benefits of a scalp massage for your hair?
It helps to encourage hair growth
At its most basic, hair massages help to stimulate hair follicles to encourage growth. This happens by increasing blood flow to the hair cells which in turn creates healthier hair ready to grow from your scalp. It also helps to remove dead skin cells from the scalp area too. This is important because, for some people, a flaky scalp can increase potential hair loss. For anyone who suffers from psoriasis, dandruff or seborrheic dermatitis, this can be a great help.
It’s a stress reliever
Aside from anything else, a scalp massage is totally relaxing and mood changing. With so many nerve endings on the scalp, it’s a sensitive part of the body that responds well to a massage. A good scalp massage will help release relaxing hormones such as dopamine and serotonin.
Types of massage available
The most common types are effleurage and petrissage. The former has circular movements, while the latter is based on lifting and kneading the scalp. A massage should always begin at the front of the scalp and move backwards. Consistent pressure should be applied and the hand movements firm but gentle.
Performing a scalp massage in a circular motion is the most recommended method to use. Be careful not to tangle the hair as this can cause breakage and pull hairs from their follicles. Try to avoid creating too much pressure around the nape of the neck and the temples too. Never done a scalp massage before? You can check out a quick guide here.
Make it part of your routine
Performing the massage for 5-10 minutes, once or twice a week is ideal. During the scalp massage, taking deep breaths will also increase oxygen flow to the body. The natural benefit of this is more oxygen accelerates blood flow and cells perform to their fullest potential.
We must stress that scalp massages for healthy hair cannot undo hair loss. It can help to encourage new growth but cannot reverse genetics, or the impact of diet and lifestyle choices. Even if you are losing your hair, there’s no reason not to enjoy the benefits of a scalp massage.
If you haven’t tried a scalp massage before, you don’t know what you’re missing out on!
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