Scalp Massage - Hair Loss treatment

A scalp massage can reduce stress levels, increase blood flow to the hair follicles and promote an overall feeling of relaxation. If done properly it opens up the blood vessels to promote blood flow which increases the amount of nutrients available for hair growth.

The kneading action on the scalp warms the skin and stimulates the production of ‘feel good’ chemicals called endorphins which reduce stress levels. And these make you feel good as well.

High levels of stress impair the proper function of many areas of the body which also includes the hair follicles. Stress hormones (e.g. cortisol) send signals to the follicles to ‘shut down’ in response to this heightened state. This disruption to the hair growth/loss cycle means that the follicles enter the ‘resting’ (telogen) stage and stop producing new hair.

But hair is shed as per normal which results in thinning and eventual loss.

This is where a scalp massage can help. The kneading and rubbing action on the scalp warms and conditions the skin and encourages blood flow. This boosts the circulation which in turn ensures that the cells within the follicles receive extra nutrients. And these maximise their hair growth potential.

Another bonus is the release of endorphins which lower stress levels and lead to a feeling of peace and relaxation. In fact any massage will help to bring down high stress levels as long as it is carried out properly.

Using an oil during the massage will help as it moisturises dry skin which prevents it from flaking and shedding itself as dandruff. Oils nourish the roots and shaft of the hair which minimises the risk of brittle hair or ‘split ends’.

You can visit a complimentary therapist for a scalp massage or if you prefer you can do it yourself.

How to do a scalp massage

If you are carrying out your own scalp massage then start by choosing the right massage oil for you. There are numerous oils out there on the market but select the oil which is appropriate to your hair problem. Then warm the oil. Do this by placing it in a small dish and placing this over a bowl of hot water.

Then dip your fingers in this oil and apply it to all areas of your scalp before starting the massage.

To get the best results start by massaging around your temples (hairline) and make your way to the back of your head by kneading and rubbing your fingers in a circular action. Don’t press down to forcefully; start carefully and then gradually increase the pressure on your scalp.

Make sure you massage the sides as well as the top of your head until the whole of your scalp is fully conditioned. Increasing the pressure will remove dead skin cells and boost your circulation.

Leave the oil on the scalp for around 30 minutes and then wash your hair.

Which oil should you choose?

It all depends upon what type of hair problem you are treating.

If you suffer from split ends then use lavender, sesame or almond oil. Lavender is also good for thinning hair as is rosemary and coconut oil.

All of these oils have the effect of slowing down the hair shedding process as well as encouraging new hair growth.

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