Have you ever just come home after a particularly taxing day and been like... why can't someone just rub my head? Okay, actually I have an aversion to people touching my head...like a strong aversion, I think its from my brother's (WWF aficionado's) putting me in one too many wrestling sleeper hold's before the age of 10...
One of the best ways to improve hair health is to incorporate a scalp massage at least twice weekly. Easy right? Well for the those who are devotedly lazy like myself the first minute is the hardest. It is in that first minute that I wonder if I actually lift weights at the gym or have any upper body strength AT ALL because I can't seem to sustain the weight of my two arms above my head for more than 30 seconds.
However, in the name of building a regimen we must do what is necessary to promote healthy hair growth and that means a scalp massage.
Scalp massages stimulate the blood circulation and this in turn channels more nutrients to the hair roots. The increased circulation means optimum hair health is starting here! After a good massage, I also find that I sleep better, as it's a fabulous way to cue your body to switch off from the catastrophe of life...I meant to say, action-packed, stimulating, productive and joyful day of work.
1. Incorporate natural oils into your massage. I'm currently using castor oil because this weather has me DRIED OUT - but coconut, almond, olive, jojoba or grapeseed oils work wonderfully.
2. I apply the oil of choice to my finger tips and reapply as necessary. But you can also apply a tablespoon or so directly the crown of your head and disperse as you massage. If you're fancy, or like me - feel fancy when I stay in a new city, add a couple of drops of essential oils. Lavender or tea tree are my absolute favorite and help stimulate the scalp with a little tingling sensation. FANCY!
3. Spread your fingers, and then place your fingertips on the scalp. Keeping finger tips on the scalp at all times, extend and contract the fingers two to three times; similar to the shape of a checkmark. Move fingers around the scalp, covering all areas. Don't scratch! Scratching your scalp creates tiny cuts that can slow or inhibit hair growth.
4. Massage for 10 minutes.
Massage before you cleanse, this is also known as a pre-poo treatment. You can also give yourself a massage the night before you cleanse and leave the oil in overnight by covering it when you sleep and wash it out in the morning for an extra deep conditioning treatment. A good sulfate free shampoo will make removal of the access oil easier.
CAUTION: If you have a medical condition such as psoriasis or eczema, you should talk to your dermatologist before engaging in a scalp massage. According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, massage can exacerbate existing conditions instead of relieving problems and cause symptoms to worsen.