What does scalp massage involve?
Scalp massage is a practice which is increasingly becoming popular. Most hairstyl-ists and hair specialists recommend it and actually do carry it on their clients during the clients’ visits to the salon or barber. It involves rubbing the scalp in a continuous circular motion using the fingers. It may also include rubbing the forehead and the neck.
Scalp massage can be carried out just plainly with the fingers or it can be done using oil. Oils which are usually used in scalp massage include natural oils like avocado, jojoba, aniseed and coconut oils and essential oils like lavender oil, tea tree oil and eucalyptus oil. The oils used in scalp massage help in reducing friction hence mak-ing the massage easier. They also contain important nutrients.
Scalp massage has a number of benefits. First of all, it helps in removing tension and stress. When the scalp is massaged, blood circulation improves throughout the head, this helps relax muscles and remove stress, tension and pain. A person who is for example experiencing pain in a certain part of their head will tend to feel better following a scalp massage.
Secondly, scalp massage helps in hair growth. Massaging the scalp causes more amount of blood to flow into the head, this in turn stimulates hair growth leading to the hair becoming longer and healthier. The increased blood flow carries more growth hormones into the scalp and these hormones help the hair grow. Many peo-ple have reported more hair growth after a period of massaging their scalp regularly.
Thirdly, scalp massage is helpful in preventing and curing hair loss and baldness. Massaging the scalp helps in making the hair more resilient. It prevents excessive brittleness and the development of split-ends. This consequently reduces hair break-ages leading to less hair loss. Improvement in hair growth through increased flow of blood into the head as a result of scalp massaging also helps in preventing and cur-ing baldness.
Fourthly, scalp massage helps in conditioning and revitalising the hair. Increased blood circulation into the hair through scalp massage helps in giving the hair a healthy glow, sheen and lustre. The oils used in massaging the scalp also help condi-tion the hair as they contain nutrients which are beneficial to the hair.
Another benefit of scalp massage is that it helps in repairing dry and damaged hair. Increased blood flow into the scalp as a result of massage helps in rejuvenating dry and damaged hair. Massaging the scalp also helps in strengthening the hair roots and consequently strengthening weak hair.
On top of these, scalp massage helps in spreading natural oils across the scalp. The natural oil that is secreted by the skin is spread evenly on the scalp when the scalp is continuously rubbed during massage. This oil helps in making the hair healthy and also aids in hair growth.
In addition, scalp massage helps in relieving migraines and headaches. Just as it helps in the case of pain, increased blood circulation as a result of massaging the scalp helps release stress and tension. Tension is often a cause of migraines and when it is done away with, migraines heal. Massaging the scalp also leads to the production of serotonins. Serotonin helps in relieving headaches and migraines.
Lastly, scalp massage is beneficial to general wellness. Massaging the scalp helps in improving one’s mood. Hormones known as endorphins are produced when the scalp is massaged. These hormones help one feel good. Massaging the scalp has also been found to be helpful in achieving a sound sleep.