Have you ever been to a salon and your stylist or their assistant are giving you the most amazing scalp massage? You close your eyes and it feels like heaven here on Earth. There is a reason you feel so good. Let's first talk about why a consistent scalp massage is important and then we will get into the how.
Back to feeling like heaven on Earth when your stylist gives you a scalp massage at the washing bowl.
A scalp massage is beneficial not just for your scalp but your entire body.
Scalp massages releases the natural chemical, serotonin in your body which relaxes you and puts you in a better mood. It is a great way to relieve built up stress as well.
Scalp massages encourage good blood flow helps lymphatic drainage
You may notice yourself or people thinning at the crown of the head first. It is because it is the top of the head where the blood is highest to reach. With a massage, it gets the blood flowing to the places it needs. Using active ingredients such as menthol and peppermint stimulate the scalp best and stimulate the follicles. Other oils such as rosemary, tea tree and jojoba are great with awakening the skin and promoting a healthy scalp for growth production. Donna's Recipe Strength Hair Oil or the nut free version consist of all natural essential and carrier oils to promote a healthy scalp.
Now let's get to the proper ways to do a scalp massage:
There are 2 common ways you can massage:
1. Effleurage which is most common which involves circular, stroking movements.
2. Petrissage which is a process of gentle kneading and lifting of the scalp.
Both are beneficial to a relaxing, beneficial massage for the scalp.
One way to really ensure to get the blood flowing to the scalp is massaging doing the inversion method. Below is a quick guide on how to massage your scalp doing the inversion method.
- Use doppler to apply on fingers or directly on scalp. Apply the oil only to your scalp. A little goes a long way so you won't saturate your hair with the oil.
- Massage with light pressure in circular motions on your scalp for 3-5 mins. Start the front of your head and work your way to the sides and lastly to the back. Avoid pressure on sensitive areas. Be careful not to tangle hair with your fingers.
Then , hang your head upside down to increase blood to flow to your scalp:
- Bend over standing (advanced) or sit in a chair and spread your legs apart and flip head between your legs down.
- Use your hands to flip all of your hair forward so it’s hanging upside down.
- Hold this position for 4 minutes and massage scalp in circular motions.. If you begin to feel dizzy, weak, or any other discomfort, stop and bring your head up slowly..
- Sit up, raising your head slowly to avoid a head rush or dizziness..
- Repeat daily for one week each month.
Don't do the inversion method if you have heart issues, back pain or high blood pressure.
IMPORTANT TIPS TO LEAVE YOU WITH:
-A good scalp massage is good for the entire body- relieves stress and mood stabilizer
- Massaging for 3-5 mins a day is great for blood flow which can encourage a healthy scalp and stimulate growth.
-Accelerate the blood flow by trying the inversion method a week every month
Share some useful scalp massage tips you've discovered on your hair journey in the comments section.