Scalp massages, or champi as we desi kids like to call it, is the ultimate form of relaxation. Consider yourself lucky if you’ve grown up in a household where head massages were a regular thing because it is claimed to have quite a lot of benefits; the most important one being — hair growth. Apart from easing stress and tension, there’s also this belief that regularly massaging your scalp can promote hair growth.
Is it a fact or a myth?
While there is little research to prove this, there may be some promise to this theory, depending on your hair growth needs
. The life of each hair strand starts with a follicle that is located just below the skin of your scalp. When this area is massaged, the cell stretches a bit — stimulating the follicle to produce thicker and stronger hair. Massaging may also dilate the blood vessels beneath the scalp, which may encourage hair growth.
How to massage the scalp to boost hair growth?
There are several ways to massage your scalp and encourage hair growth. Here are the two most popular options.
Using only the tips of your fingers, apply light to medium pressure on your scalp. Start from the hairline and slowly move backwards in small circles.
While this massage can be done without using hair oil, we recommend using one for more relaxation. Coconut, almond and argan oil are some of the most popular oils used for scalp massage.
Massage your scalp for at least 10-15 minutes with oil, 2-3 times a week. If you’re massaging without oil — do it for 5 minutes, twice a day.
You can also get it done from a massage therapist if you are unable to do it yourself.
Brushes and massage tools
Just like body massages, there are also a lot of tools specifically designed for scalp massages. A scalp massager is the most common one; however, you can also use the bristles of your brush to lightly massage your scalp.
Apply light to medium pressure and slowly massage all over your head in gentle circular motions