Scalp Massage – The Benefits & How To Do It Yourself!
Everything you need to know about getting and giving an effective scalp massage for great hair health.
Scalp massage is a weekly ritual in India to help maintain strong, shiny, healthy hair and quite rightly so – this is something we should all be doing on a regular basis. But why?
Scalp massage is not only a hugely relaxing and stress-relieving activity (which will boost your all round body health), releasing daily tensions from your head and neck, but when performed correctly it can also speed up hair growth and improve hair strength by stimulating hair follicles & increasing blood flow. It is also a great opportunity to properly apply and distribute natural hair oils for optimal conditoning and shine, which is particularly soothing for dry, itchy scalps. Amazing hair is literally at our fingertips!
This is why we always offer a scalp massage when you visit our salon and have your hair cleansed and conditioned.
How to Give Yourself a Scalp Massage
A good scalp massage is really easy to do and a very pleasant experience. For best results, give yourself at least 15 minutes of massage time and enjoy it!
Find a quiet spot where you are unlikely to be disturbed. Settle in and get comfy for your scalp massage; you could even go as far as to light some candles and put some calming music on – why not pamper youself? In preparation for a future step, pop a wet/damp towel into the tumble drier or onto a radiator to warm.
If using a hair oil during your scalp massage (which I recommend for best results), heat this to room temperature and have it accessible in a small bowl, next to you. Dip your fingers into the oil and then using your fingertip pads, begin to work the oil into your scalp in a circular, clockwise motion, applying light pressure. This also works without oil, but the added lubricant does help to move around without any discomfort.
Parting small sections of your hair, continue this gentle scalp massage in step 2 over your entire scalp. Remember to breathe deeply and relax into it.
Ease your fingers over areas of tension, increasing or decreasing pressure as needed. You might find that you particularly enjoy massaging behind the ears (and even the ears themselves!), the base of your skull and down the back of your neck.
Once you are completely relaxed and you have finished your scalp massage, take your pre-prepared, heated damp towel and carefully wrap your hair up. Try to have this secure, but not too tight – after all this relaxation you will want to stay comfortable! Lay back for at least 30 minutes (or longer if possible – up to 12 hours is good!) and allow the oils to soak into your hair shafts for extra conditioning and a beautiful, softening effect.
If you used oils, leave on overnight if you like, or alternatively wash out with a gentle, natural shampoo or hair cleanser. Using harsh soaps or chemicals at this point will strip your hair of any oils, so do avoid that! Oil can be a little tough to rinse, so try applying the shampoo before the water. Work up as much of a lather as possible and soak. You may have to do this more than once.
If you’re lucky enough to have a partner to exchange massage duties with, here are some extra, relaxation techniques that you can employ:
- Have the person receiving the massage lying down, face up on a bed or sofa. Have the person giving the massage sitting on a chair directly behind the receiver’s head.
- Gently draw your fingertips through the hair, from the front of the hairline right to the back of the head and repeat several times.
- As instructed in step 2, begin applying gentle pressure in circular motions with your fingertips. When doing this for someone else rather than yourself, you may find that you have a lot more freedom of movement. Massage the temples, crown and even forehead in clockwise circles, as if shampooing in slow motion!
- Have your lucky massage recipient slowly turn their head to one side and then to the other whilst you massage each temple and gain better access to the neck.
Thinking of using hair oils?
Find out which work best for your hair on our recent hair oiling blog