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Scalp Massage for Hair Loss: Benefits & How-to-do

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Having massage is relaxing, easing your stress and tension. Do you know that scalp massage is able to promote hair growth?

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A study in the January 2016 issue of ePlasty shows that regular scalp massages may lead to thicker hair. In this study, 9 healthy men received 4 minutes of standardized scalp massage per day by using scalp massage device. Their hair numbers, hair thickness and hair growth rate were evaluated. Another study in the October 2016 issue of Journal of Physical Therapy Science showed that scalp massage lowers levels of stress hormones, blood pressure and heart rate by twice-weekly.


A typically massage uses the fingertips only. One of the benefits of scalp massage is increased circulation, which helps to nourish the follicles. The scalp depends on blood flow to bring oxygen and nutrients to the hair follicles and therefore prolonging the growth cycle of hair. Immune function and natural healing ability are improved while having regular scalp massage. According to the researchers, the changes of body’s immune and endocrine response are measurable.

How to Massage Your Scalp

Daily scalp massage will give you the best hair growth results, stimulate the blood flow. There are several ways to give your scalp a massage:

-traditional scalp massage: a gentle fingertip massage is a good jumping off point. You can increase the pressure gradually if you tend to hold a lot of tension in your neck and scalp. It helps to increase lymphatic and blood flow, enhance nerve activity.

-massage while washing hair: using your fingertips, gently massage your shampoo or conditioner into your hair for 5 minutes, then rinse your hair as usual.

-brush and scalp massagers: a number of tools are available to be used for yourself an effective and soothing head massage. Electric brushes, scalp massagers and other tools can be worked across your scalp the way you use your fingers.

massager spider works across your scalp

-scalp massage with essential oil: you can massage your scalp with essential oils once or twice a week to aid in hair growth, regulate sebum production and control dandruff. Mix your essential oil with a carrier oil (coconut, jojoba or others), warm the mixture and apply to your scalp, gently massage and leave on for half an hour to one hour, then wash off with shampoo. Popular options are tea tree essential oil, borage essential oil and rose essential oil.

The Takeaway

Scalp massages are a great way to relieve tension in the area, reduce stress, and improve hair. They can be done in minutes and are easily added to your routine daily.

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