Have you ever wondered why, when you go for a massage, they take the time to massage your head and scalp? It may be that you think it is only for the stress reducing benefits. This is a shortsighted perception.
Absolutely they do. Proper circulation to your hair follicles, which are the tiny holes that your hair grows out of, is necessary for the hair growth cycle. Frequent scalp massages can increase your hair growing phase by encouraging proper circulation to hair follicles. As a result, your hair is receiving the essential nutrients necessary for growth.
The first step is to ensure your hair and scalp are free of any hair products. There is a contingent of people who prefer to massage their scalp when it is damp, others dry. Of course, there is a host of conditioners and various oils on the market that can be used in conjunction with your scalp massage. The main thing is to have clean hair and a clean scalp. You can use a shampoo for hair growth to increase the effect as well.
Often, the question is asked how often a scalp massage should be performed. Generally, once or twice daily is sufficient.
The second step is the actual practice of the massage technique. This method is commonly referred to as the “checkmark”. Begin by spreading your fingers outward, then place the tips of your fingers on your scalp. If you have long fingernails, use caution as they can hurt your hair and scalp.
Be sure to keep your fingertips on your scalp throughout the massage. Extend and contract your fingers, as if in a “checkmark” shape, 2 to 3 times. The easiest way to go about this is to extend your fingers, place the tips on your scalp, and then contract them in. Using a slow, circular motion, work the tips of your fingers across the scalp.
The third step is to apply an essential oil, 2 to 3 drops, to your fingertips before you begin another massage. The best oils for hair growth include castor oil, coconut oil, olive oil and argan oil. The reason for using the essential oils is they increase circulation and help prevent drying of the scalp. If you naturally have oily skin, consider consultation with a hair stylist before using essential oils.
With the oil on your fingertips, proceed as discussed. The time that should be spent massaging your scalp with the essential oils is approximately 3 minutes. You can do it longer if preferred.