While a head massage concentrates on your head as a whole—including forehead, nape etc., a scalp massage is what promotes hair growth. Massaging your scalp with a purpose of hair growth requires applying pressure on the scalp using fingers. This is essentially done to increase the blood circulation to the hair follicles, rejuvenate the roots and condition the scalp. Hair follicles are made up of hyperactive stem cells—when given a boost of oxygen, hair growth is promoted. Massaging dilates small arteries within your scalp that increase the blood flow to the follicles. They also improve the texture of hair, making it thicker and stronger over time.
Remember that using scalp massages to promote hair growth is a slow process, but extremely effective. We recommend switching to traditional scalp massages in addition to using hair growth promoting products to reap the maximum benefits.
Apart from using nourishing oils that promote hair growth, therapists also use tools like the scalp massaging brushes to work the oils better into your scalp. Scalp massages can be performed by trained therapists who know exactly how much pressure to apply, however, you can do them at home too. All you gotta do is follow a few simple steps.
Here’s how you can do an effective head massage at home
Everyday massage without oils
Massaging your scalp every day for a good 5 minutes without using any oils also proves to be beneficial when it comes to hair growth. Use your fingers and apply pressure in circular motions—make sure you cover your entire scalp when you do this.
Massage while shampooing
Massage your hair for a few minute after wetting it just before you apply shampoo. Ensure you’re covering the whole of your scalp when you do this.
Choose oils that stimulate hair growth and also the ones that suit your hair type. You can also mix two oils of your choice or add a few drops of essential oils (such as rosemary) to the carrier oils to create hair growth promoting concoctions! We love the Indulekha Bringha Oil that facilitates hair growth from the follicle such that the new strands that grow are healthier and stronger. Warm it up a bit so that it absorbs into your scalp better.
Starting from the middle of your scalp, work the oil into it in slow, circular motions and slowly move backwards. Keep applying and releasing pressure until you cover the whole of your scalp. Do this at least once a week.
Remember that we often tend to ignore the scalp when it comes to blood circulation, so, if you wish to promote hair growth, frequent massages are the best natural way to practice!
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