There are many reasons to start giving yourself head massages. If your hair is damaged, isn’t growing as fast as you’d like, or if you’re simply very stressed, a head massage can help you. For centuries, women have been using oils to massage their hair and scalp for long, shiny and healthy hair. There are many ways that your hair can get damaged including using hair products, styling tools, changing weather conditions, hormones, medications, stress and overall health can affect your hair’s texture, growth and appearance.
Massages increase blood flow and help your circulation. Scalp massages benefit the skin and scalp as well as the hair follicles and hair itself. It can help your hair grow faster if you plan to increase your hair’s length.
You can get several different essential oils to help with different concerns of your hair and scalp. Here are a few examples:
- Peppermint oil is great for improving your circulation and works as a natural cleanser.
- Tea tree oil is great if you have a dry, itchy scalp. This is great for the winter when skin tends to become more dry and irritated.
- Chamomile oil soothes inflamed or itchy scalps.
- Lemon oil helps manage dandruff.
- Almond or castor oil helps promote hair growth.
Once you’ve chosen an essential oil you’d like to use, here is a simple guide for a head massage:
- Find a comfortable and relaxing spot. Don’t plan anything stressful right after your massage for further relaxation.
- Massage the oil into your scalp using your fingertips dipped in the oil. Use the pads of your fingers in a circular motion. Work your way from your roots to the ends of your hair slowly.
- With your fingers, find the dimples in your skull. These are behind the tops of your ears; apply pressure for a few seconds then release. Do this several times.
- Make sure you massage deep and slow to stimulate blood flow.
- Once you’re finished, wash your hair immediately or you can leave the oils in for a few hours for added benefits. You can even leave the oils in overnight, but make sure to sleep on a towel so you don’t ruin your sheets or pillowcase.
Have you ever given yourself or someone else a head massage? Isn’t it lovely? Share with us your techniques for a relaxing and rewarding head massage or tell us your favorite essential oil to use!