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Scalp Massage 101

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Scalp Massage 101

Learn How to Reap the Benefits of a Good Scalp Massage

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Women the world over have searched for ways to revitalize their hair and relieve stress. Little do they know, a good scalp massage can do both! The skin and scalp are the absolute last to receive vitamins, minerals, and nutrients from the body—which means they need a little extra TLC. Follow my scalp massage tips to get proper stimulation and circulation, which will help reduce stress and get you the healthy, shiny hair you want.

General Tips

Start by washing your hands thoroughly and then get settled in a comfortable place. When massaging the scalp, it’s best to use the pads of the fingers to perform the massage instead of the fingernails themselves. You can either use a little bit of oil, a moderate amount of oil, or no oil at all—it is entirely up to you. If you do decide to work with oil, place a towel under your head.

Working with a little oil helps give the fingers glide without friction. If you want to keep the oil to a minimum, a few drops will do just fine. Rub the oil over your fingers to warm it up. You can add some essential oils to it, for aromatherapy. Lavender is always a good choice.

Working with more oil acts as a conditioning treatment for the hair. It allows dead skin cells to be removed and also allows the hair and scalp to receive extra moisture. Indian women do this as a part of their hair care regime, and then wash their hair in the morning. Coconut oil is the most commonly used oil, because of its cooling effect on the scalp. Most of the other oils you have in your kitchen (grape seed, olive oil, almond oil or walnut oil) can be used in its place. If your hair is already a little on the oily side, jojoba works well because it is extremely light.

For deep conditioning, you will need a couple of tablespoons of oil. Work the oil in all over your hands (front and back) and then rub into the scalp and through the rest of the hair.

First Step: Work the hands through the scalp from front to back, and then work the fingers through the hair itself, using long, gentle strokes to detangle the hair. This makes it easier to perform the scalp massage without causing discomfort.

Second Step: Using the pads of the fingers, run fingers through the front of your hair, gently tugging the hair by section, and slowly moving your way to the middle, sides and back. Give hair a firm-but-gentle tug and then release. This stimulates blood flow to the scalp muscles and hair follicles.

Third Step: Start at the front of the head. Place fingers right above the forehead and began working backwards using inward and downward circles. Use small circles in the front and keep getting bigger as you go. Try to circle each area at least two or three times.

Fourth Step: This time, start at the side of the head and use long, wave-gliding strokes. A good way to visualize this method is to think of the ocean waves. Make sure you’re reaching the scalp and not just the hair.

Fifth Step: Grasp the root of the hair, using the flat portion of your knuckles, and move in a kneading motion (both back and forth and side to side). This relieves scalp tension.

Sixth Step: Once again, comb through the hair with your fingers using long, gentle strokes.

Scalp massage has so many wonderful benefits, not only for your hair, but also as a natural stress reliever. Make scalp massage a part of your nightly hair care routine and reap the rewards of better sleep quality and gorgeous healthy hair.

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@summergame1988 Just run the container under warm tap water & coconut oil melts almost immediately. This comment has been removed.
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Yes but the problem with coconut oil is that it become hard by cooler temperatures.. It is a bit unhandy then to warm it up. Some oils did not hard and stay liquid all the time. This comment has been removed.
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@summergame1988 I know women from India have such incredible hair. Mostly they're using coconut oil for its cooling properties on the scalp. This comment has been removed.
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This is a wonderful article! I could add that you can buy special hairoils if you want that in an Asian supermarket. My expierience with Dabur (brand) is very good! There are a lot of women in India who use this! They all have very thick and nice hair! This comment has been removed.
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I have heard of scalp massage, but never read an article on it before now. Thanks for sharing the ropes with us. This comment has been removed.
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I love this! Can't wait for your next one!! This comment has been removed.
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Fabulous article. Have always been interested in learning the techniques of scalp massage. This comment has been removed.
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This sounds heavenly! Great tips, I never thought of using the pads of the fingers instead of the fingernails. I need a scalp massage now! Thanks for sharing! This comment has been removed.
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I don't think I have ever even seen a scalp massage article anywhere, so this is something new. I've heard of scalp massage, but thought it was something just very simple. After reading this, I see there is an actual method to it and not just running your fingers through your hair. I think I am going to print this off as well and put it to good use. Once again, thanks for bringing us all your wonderful insights and I am looking forward to your next one. This comment has been removed.
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I will have to print out this article for my boyfriend so he knows how to give me a scalp massage. :) I love this. This comment has been removed.
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nice_like it!i do coconut oil in Phil b4 when i was in HS and university,it really good not only in scalp but for shiny and healthy hair too_if u got a dark black hair it maintains the color as well... This comment has been removed.
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