A scalp massage at a spa will cost anywhere from $30-$70 dollars for 30 minutes, but you can enjoy one for free in the comfort of your own home! All you need are just two ingredients from the kitchen and these easy tips.
Why a scalp massage?
Stimulating the scalp with a massage increases blood circulation in turn promoting hair growth and preventing hair loss. There are so many pressure points in the head and neck that massaging this area will also relieve tension and stress.
Some studies also claim that a scalp massage can even increase endorphins and serotonin levels!
What you'll need: Oil
Oil acts as a conditioner that prevents dandruff. Warming the oil is optional, but not necessary since the oil will melt against your scalp’s body heat. Great options for oil include:
Or try an exfoliating sugar paste
The use of a little organic sugar while massaging exfoliates your scalp, removing excess oil, impurities and dead skin cells while helping to improve cell circulation.
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 2-3 tablespoons of organic brown sugar
- >3 drops of an essential oil
When should I massage?
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 scalp massage doesn't need to be a weekly or monthly treatment, you can give yourself a scalp massage every time you co-wash!
How to give a scalp massage
- Add one teaspoon of oil (add more depending on preference) in the palms of your hands and rub your hands together.
- Rub your scalp in small circles using all five finger pads.
- Never scratch! Our scalp is skin too, and scratching the surface with your nails can cause damage by disrupting the hair follicles.
Using a good sulfate-free shampoo in the shower should remove any oil from your scalp, I like Carol's Daughter Monoi Repairing Shampoo.
If you’ve used a heavy oil or too much oil for your massage and it’s left your hair too oily, try applying a baking soda and conditioner mix to your roots and rinse.
Try adding this to your routine to enjoy the many benefits for your scalp — from stimulating growth to relieving stress at the end of the day!