Scalp Massage 101
Scalp Massage 101
Learn How to Reap the Benefits of a Good Scalp Massage
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.