When you go to the salon for a trim, your favourite part is probably the relaxing scalp massage you’re given in a reclining chair before you get your haircut. You can get a good scalp massage at the spa too, and certainly we all love to be pampered, but it’s not always possible to shell out money to afford such a luxury, and anyways, who has the time? Wouldn’t you love to give a DIY, at-home scalp massage a try? Yes, it wouldn’t be someone else giving you a massage while you sit back and relax, but it’s as close as you can get. It’s worth a shot if you’re in need of some time alone and you really want a chance to unwind.
There is a technique to this! Traditional scalp massages are actually done without oil, but you can always use up your essential oils if you want. With your head forward, balanced on your elbows, start massaging your scalp with your fingers spread out. Rub in small circles from the nape of your neck upwards to your head. Make sure there are no pins, hair bands, or clips in your hair. You can still do this if your hair is in a bun or braided (but preferably not in a ponytail), but not if you’re washing it, obviously. If your hair is loose, divide it into a few sections to make the job easier. Remember to focus on your scalp and not your actual hair, otherwise you’ll just end up dealing with tangles and pulling out your hair. Don’t use your nails, be gentle. Use the tips and pads of your fingers for an ultimate relaxing effect.
Oils & Shampoos
A scalp massage is a good thing to do before you wash your hair, because it loosens the dirt. It’s better to do it with dry hair, because breakage is more likely if you massage it when wet. If you want to use oil with your massage, do it before you shampoo. You can use jojoba, argan, coconut, or any other natural oil. You can also try almond oil or olive oil. Don’t use too much, just use it as a lubricant. Be careful about which oil you pick, in case it ends up making your scalp itch. You can also try a paste with oil and brown sugar that will get rid of dead skin cells and act as an exfoliant. Make sure you use a good sulphate-free shampoo to wash the oil out afterwards.
Scalp massages are quite relaxing. If you’re particularly stressed out, you’ll feel much better after a while, since a good massage supposedly releases serotonin into your system. Additionally, some studies have speculated that it can prevent hair loss and improve hair growth. Blood circulation to the hair follicle is encouraged via the massage, so hair growth is better. Your roots will become stronger. If you’ve been having a lot of hair fall or other hair issues, this might be a solution that’s worth a try. It also helps to keep your scalp conditioned.
The natural oils of your hair also get spread out to all parts of the scalp as you massage. Additionally, since you’re giving yourself the massage, you might feel relaxed, but you’ll also feel a lot more energised after you’re done. If you’re prone to headaches, scalp massages might also help you feel much better. You’ll find that if you’re having trouble sleeping, the process is very stress-relieving and you’ll sleep better at night after a massage.
Yes, you’ll be doing the work, but you don’t have to pay an exorbitant price for it or take an appointment. You can simply do it when you feel you’re in need of a little pick-me-up, or when the mood strikes you while you’re showering.
Scalp massages aren’t terribly difficult, and you might not be a professional, but you can still easily give it a go and get the benefits. You need not devote more than ten minutes to it when you’re in a rush, but you can also take a whole hour if you like. You’ll be surprised how invigorated and light you feel afterwards. So set aside some time and try it out, you won’t regret it.