When your locks start looking less lustrous, you could spend a fortune on special shampoos, masks, supplements, and high-tech treatments, or you could try this simple, free, do-it-yourself solution backed by science.
How to Do Scalp Massage for Hair Growth
Hair loss is not just a guy’s problem. If you’re starting to see your strands thinning, consider trying this simple at-home strategy: scalp massage, which may promote hair growth.
A scalp massage can increase blood flow to the scalp and to the hair follicles. A study in the January 2016 issue of ePlasty shows 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. What’s more, study participants also noted an improvement in hair thickness. Gentle massaging of the scalp can increase blood flow to the hair follicle, the root of the hair, which is the only living part of the hair. Massaging works by dilating the very small arteries within the scalp, increasing blood flow to the hair follicle and therefore prolonging the growth cycle of hair.
Scalp massage for hair loss also reduces stress, which can worsen hair loss. Not only does the boost in blood circulation to the surface of the skin aid in delivering more nutrients, it’s also relaxing.
When to do a scalp massage?
Scalp massage for hair growth can be done while you’re shampooing in the shower or when your hair is dry pre-shampoo. You should aim for at least three minutes if you are working with both hands because that encompasses a large surface area. There’s no need to use any oil or serum, but some people like to include aromatherapy. Relaxing scents such as lavender, and invigorating scents such as eucalyptus or mint, will augment the circulatory boost.
How to do a scalp massage?
A gentle fingertip massage is a good jumping off point. That’s enough to stimulate the blood flow. If you tend to hold a lot of tension in your neck and scalp, you can increase the pressure gradually. Start from the edges of the hairline and work your way in toward the crown. You want to stimulate the lymphatic drainage as well, and that starts at the periphery. Kneading, in particular, aids with warming up the skin, which helps increase blood flow to the scalp.