The act of massaging your scalp, however ridiculous it may seem, is a proven method of getting hair follicles stimulated. By giving your head a good rub, the blood vessels open up which allows more nutrients to reach the follicle and promote hair growth.
On top of this, the massaging action will produce feel-good chemicals called endorphins which reduce stress. Blood flow to the hair cells means healthier hair growing out of your scalp.
"The health of the scalp is vital to the health of the hair," says tricologist Philip Kingsley.
"Scalp massages aid in the removal of dead skin cells from the scalp -- and a flaky scalp is known to worsen hair loss in certain individuals. It can be very beneficial to those who suffer from scalp conditions such as dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis and psoriasis."
How to massage your scalp?
The two most common types of massage are effleurage which involves circular, stroking movements and petrissage which is gentle kneading and lifting of the scalp.
Start by massaging around the hairline at your temple with the tips of your fingers. Gradually move backwards on the head, rubbing in circular motions, applying all fingers to the scalp by the time you've reached the top of your head. Be mindful of the amount of pressure used in this area as there are sensitive pressure points.
You can do this when you have applied conditioner for best results.
Take extra precaution not to tangle the hair during massage. This can cause breakage and even pull hairs from their follicle. Too much pressure around sensitive areas, such as the temples and nape of the neck, should also be avoided.
We recommend you look at getting a Denman Massage Brush as the soft flexible bristles gently stimulate the hair follicles and massage the scalp. Plus it feels so good and is a great way to comb conditioner through your hair.