Since we were kids, our mothers told us to ‘champi’ (massage) well. It turns out mothers are always right! Hair experts and scientists all around the world are saying the same thing.
One of the most effective remedies for hair loss is scalp massage. Not only does it reduce hair fall but it is also said to increase hair growth by increasing blood flow to the scalp and hair follicles. We all know that blood is important. Oxygenated blood carries food and oxygen to various organs. Therefore, increase in circulation to the scalp, besides having healing and therapeutic effects, can also increase hair growth by stimulating the cells there. In fact, two years earlier, Readers’ Digest mentioned a study which found that just four minutes of scalp massage a day increases activity among genes known to promote hair growth, and dials down the activity of genes linked to hair loss and inflammation. Standardized scalp massage was shown to increase hair thickness. Take a closer look at it and see just what you need to do in order to get luscious, beautiful hair.
Why To Do it
An effective head massage or scalp massage includes rubbing, kneading and applying pressure to the skin of the scalp with the fingers and hands. This way, your hair is protected and it also helps strengthen the roots of the hair and condition the scalp, making your hair less vulnerable to breakage. Kneading during a massage warms the skin and opens up the blood vessels, thereby increasing blood flow. The blood flow to the hair follicles stimulates hair growth, as the blood carries a handful of nutrients such as protein, iron, vitamin C, omega-3s, vitamin A, zinc, selenium, biotin (a type of vitamin B) and more, that are important for hair growth. The increased circulation ensures the strengthening of hair and also helps your hair to “breathe”. The most important function of the blood is carrying the much-needed oxygen throughout the body, and the same principle works for hair also. As your hair follicles are made up of hyperactive stem cells, they just require that extra flow of oxygen to enhance hair growth.
How To Do ItGenerally, there are two massage techniques that stimulate hair growth. The first step is very simple. Massage your scalp with your fingers, gently pulling your hair in the process. While performing this massage technique, ensure that you feel only a gentle tension in your hair and do not cause breakage. Another massaging method is the tapping technique. This technique is considered to be more effective if you perform this massage with a hair tonic containing a droplet of ethereal citrus oil. Apply this mixture to your scalp and start tapping your scalp gently but in a relatively fast rhythm for a few minutes.
Where To Do It
Scalp massage can be done either at your home or at a good salon. Massage helps prevent hair loss and makes you feel more relaxed.
When To Do It
There is no fixed time for massaging your scalp; it depends entirely upon your convenience. Generally, you can perform scalp massages on wash days while you’re shampooing in the shower. You could do it in your leisure time in the evening like when you’re watching TV. Perhaps the best time to do it would be before going to bed. That ensures you have a sound sleep. You could also do it in the morning, before you style your hair. Whenever you are doing it, make sure you massage at least for three to five minutes a day with both your hands so that you can cover a larger surface area.
A last word of advice would be to follow the right technique. If you do it wrong, you might be just tugging and tearing your hair! Start from the hairline and work your way to the crown, gently pressing with your fingers. Add oils such as olive oil, castor oil, coconut oil and almond oil once a week for better results.