How to massage your scalp
Massaging helps to stimulate your blood flow, carrying much-needed nutrients to your follicles to nurture healthy strands. In other words, massaging your scalp helps grow your hair.
Which means, you can increase hair growth with 5 minute nightly massages. Just follow these techniques, which form part of the training of professional masseuses and hairdressers.
Massage techniques that boost hair growth
Use this combination of tried-and-tested techniques to ensure that your nightly massage routine helps your follicles to flourish. Any of the techniques below can be used to massage your favourite oils into your scalp and they also work well when applying deep conditioning treatments.
Blending the different strokes allows your scalp to get all the benefits unique to each technique. You can vary the combination, but remember to use the Effleurage Technique to start and finish your massage session.
Using your fingertips only, starting from the front hairline, spread both hands across your scalp, pressing through your hair. Smoothly apply pressure as your fingertips travel downwards to your nape (the end of your hairline, just above your neck). Stroke your scalp repeatedly, at the beginning and end of your massage routine.
Down and down again over and over...
This is a deep massage, using, as always, the tips of your fingers in a slow, circular motion. Work repeatedly from the centre of your front hairline, all over your scalp, till the back of your neck. It's like kneading your scalp, only softer.
Round and round you go...
Spreading your fingertips apart, perch your hands on your scalp and in short vertical lines apply firm pressure up and down, before changing position of your hands to work in the opposite direction so that your entire scalp benefits from the massage.
Quickly and lightly, rub your scalp with the pads of your fingers from the front of your hairline to your nape, to stimulate your blood flow. Be careful of your fingernails, and note that this massage technique is highly optional, as some tend not to enjoy the vibrating feeling that the friction technique creates.
Mind your fingernails - if the nails snag your hair then stop!
This is the light tapping of your scalp with either the side of your hands or fingertips. Make sure you work your tapotement all over your scalp.
Tap! Tap! Tap!
Note, massages are never supposed to hurt, or cut. And they should only be done on a healthy scalp, that is free from infection, soreness, and/or bleeding.
If you suffer from a medical condition, have high blood pressure, or if your doctor has advised you not to undertake any massages then don't massage your scalp.
DHA Hair Care Experts