Scalp health and blood circulation play key roles in hair growth. When blood is flowing and the scalp is nourished, hair cells receive the nutrients needed to MAXIMIZE GROWTH. If you want to GROW LONGER hair or re-grow hair in areas that have thinned out because of braids, weaves, or other hairstyles, you should consider performing SCALP MASSAGES REGULARLY.
WHY Should You Perform Scalp Massages?
Daily scalp massages have been proven to stimulate hair follicles, improve blood circulation, and reduce stress levels, which enable your organs to function more efficiently – effectively, boosting hair growth. In addition to promoting hair growth, scalp massages prevent hair loss by strengthen hair roots. The benefits of performing regular scalp massages are immense. Even if you can’t massage your scalp daily, performing scalp massages 2-3 times a week will yield notable results. Just keep in mind CONSISTENCY is the key to seeing amazing results.
HOW to Perform Scalp Massages?
- Apply a natural oil (or natural oil mixture) to your fingertips, more specifically the pads of your fingers
- First, plant the pads of your finger on your scalp. Then, using circular motions, work the oil into your scalp. Be careful not to scratch your scalp as that would be counterproductive and create tiny cuts that damage your scalp and inhibit growth
- After a few seconds (when you begin to feel some tingling or warmth), move your fingers to another area on your scalp and repeat step 2 until you have massaged each part of your scalp. Feel free to add a little more oil, if needed, but be careful not to drench your hair in oil otherwise it may get weighed down.
- Your massage should last for 2-5 minutes.
- BONUS/OPTIONAL: For added benefit, heat up you oil by placing your oil container into a hot water and then perform steps 1 – 3. Be careful not to over heat the oil…let’s prevent any accidents
Please Note: If you have Type 1 or 2 hair textures (i.e. straight or wavy hair), it may be in your best interest to massage your scalp without oil because the oil may weigh down your hair. Alternatively, you can perform a scalp massage in the manner described above and follow-up with a wash so your hair is not oily and weighed down.
WHAT Types of Oil Should I Use for my Scalp Massages?
There are two types of oils: carrier oils and essential oils. Carrier oils are base oils that are used to dilute essential oils before they are applied to the skin or hair. They enable essential oils to be used comfortably without irritating the skin. An essential oil is a natural liquid containing the aroma of the plant it is extracted from. Usually, essential oils are extracted from the leaves, stems, flowers, bark, roots, or other elements of the plant by steam or water distillation. When added to scalp oils, essential oils take your scalp massages to a whole new level by providing additional benefits that increase circulation, awaken dormant follicles, and/or promote growth.
Important Takeaway: Essential oils are great additions to scalp oil, but extremely potent and concentrated. If you decide to concoct your own scalp massage oil, make sure you dilute your essential oils with a carrier oil (or carrier oils). Otherwise, purchase scalp oils containing essential oils that promote hair growth. Here is a list of some excellent carrier and essential oils to look out for.
Jojoba oil mimics the molecular structure of sebum, which is naturally produced in our scalp. It treats dandruff and dry itchy scalp problems. It penetrates the hair follicles and hair strand – strengthening hair from within. It conditions, hydrates, helps repair damage from over-manipulation and heat, improves elasticity, and adds shine. Jojoba oil is one of the best oils on the market.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil:
EVOO contains antioxidants that enable the scalp to thrive and promote healthy hair growth. EVOO helps prevent and cure hair loss as by blocking the production of the hormone DTH, which causes the hair follicle shaft to decrease. Long-term use of EVOO will strengthen and smooth hair cuticle – enabling you to retain your length and, ultimately, reach your length goals.
Castor Oil and Jamaican Black Castor Oil:
These two versions of castor oil are known to visibly thicken hair. Castor oil has an extremely thick consistency that assists with dry scalp and retaining moisture. If you want to re-grow your edges, thicken your hair, or simply grow your hair faster, create a mixture containing peppermint, rosemary oil, and castor oil. Use this mix daily and watch your hair grow.
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil:
EVCO is an excellent oil that revitalizes damaged hair, promotes growth, keeps the hair soft and moisturized, and conditions the scalp. Not only does this oil have great containing properties, but also it contains natural proteins that penetrate the strands to strengthen and maintain healthy hair from within. This oil makes for an amazing massage oil, hot oil treatment, or pre-poo treatment.
Rosemary oil treats dandruff, dry scalp, and flaky itchy scalp. It stimulates the follicles – enabling the hair to grow longer, stronger, and faster. A few oils it blends well with include: castor oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil, and peppermint essential oil, lavender essential oil, and ylang ylang
Peppermint oil increases blood circulation and helps the hair receive proper nutrients by stimulating blood flow to the roots of the hair. When using peppermint oil you will experience a tingling sensation, which is evidence of stimulation…evidence that blood is flowing to the roots of your hair. A few oils it blends well with include: castor oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil, and rosemary essential oil
This sweet smelling oil stimulates hair growth, treats dandruff, removes dirt and buildup that accumulate on the scalp, and reduces mental stress. This blends well with lavender oil, castor oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil, and safflower oil
Tea Tree Oil
This anti-fungal keeps the scalp free of bacteria and fungal problems. It treats dry scalp and dandruff by unblocking the sebaceous glands, which allows the scalp to resume releasing its own moisturizing properties. A few oils it blends well with include: extra virgin olive oil, rosemary essential oil, coconut oil, and peppermint oil. Alternatively, you can add a few drops of this to your shampoo or conditioner if you want to reap the benefits of it without being knocked out by its strong scent.
Basil oil is a stimulant that rejuvenates hair follicles and increases blood flow to the scalp. Additionally, it contains antioxidants that protect the hair cells from damage. Paired with peppermint oil it has been shown to promote and accelerate healthy hair growth. Long-term use will increase hair growth, restore luster, and strengthen the hair shaft.
Lavender oil is a good treatment for dandruff and itching. It also helps control breakage and improves hair growth. Daily massages with lavender oil has been proven to re-grow hair within a few months. A few oils it blends well with include: jojoba oil, rosemary essential oil, ylang ylang, and tea tree oil.
This stress relieving oil stimulates hair growth, helps balance natural oil production, and naturally conditions hair. Long-term use of ylang ylang will increase the thickness of the hair shaft – enabling you to grow longer thicker hair from your scalp. This oil blends well with grapefruit oil, lavender oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil, and castor oil.