How to Massage Scalp to Promote Hair Growth

Daily scalp massages have been proven to be a very effective hair growth aid, and they really boost hair growth. Just like our skin, our scalp needs to be pampered and moisturized.

Good circulation is an important element in the natural hair growth journey, and scalp massages are an enjoyable way to relax and boost your hair’s ability to grow.

scalp massage for hair growth

Using the pads of your fingers, work the oil into your scalp

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How to do Scalp Massages:

You can massage your scalp, using the pads of your fingers (NOT fingernails) with any oil of choice or none (if allergic or scalp doesn’t like oil).

  1. Pour some oil into a bowl and warm the oil by placing the bowl in some hot water. The oil should be warm but comfortable to the touch. Or you can just use your favorite oil straight from the bottle.
  2. Using the pads of your fingers, apply the oil little by little to different parts of your scalp, parting your hair as needed. Then, using the pads of your fingers, work the oil into your scalp, using circular motions.
  3. Slow, deliberate movements are relaxing while steady but vigorous movement helps enhance energy and circulation.
  • Scroll down below for the step by step massage tutorials

The Benefits of Scalp Massages

A properly done scalp massage can increase blood circulation to the hair follicles, increase relaxation, decrease stress, condition the scalp, and boost the strength of the hair roots.

Scalp massage can loosen the area to allow the easier blood supply to dermal papilla for more hair growth.

The kneading pressure applied by massage warms the skin and opens up blood vessels to increase flow and promote circulation. Increased circulation means that the cells of the hair follicle will receive more of the nutrients necessary to optimal hair growth function.
The rubbing motion promotes relaxation and feels good, thus increasing the production of “feel good” chemicals that work to lower levels of stress hormone in the body. Lower stress levels allow your organs to function more efficiently, thus boosting your hair follicle ability to grow hair.
It lubricates and conditions the scalp, helping to prevent flakes and dry scalp without the use of harsh chemical shampoos.
It helps enhance blood circulation in the head and neck area. When the scalp is “tight” from stress, circulation and hair growth are impeded. It helps relax the scalp and increase pliability.
It helps strengthen the roots of the hair and nourishes the hair-shafts, promoting new hair growth and strengthening current hair.
It helps soften and condition the hair, making it more manageable. It spreads the natural oils of the hair, increasing hair luster and vibrancy.
It helps protect hair from the damaging effects of the sun and harsh weather by improving resiliency over time.
It is replenishing and rejuvenating for dry, damaged hair, and helps prevent excessive brittleness and split-ends.

Tips for Carving out Time for a Scalp Massage

  1. When you’re too tired to do your scalp massage, have your Significant Other or children massage your scalp for you.
  2. While watching your favorite show on television, reading or surfing the internet, take a few minutes to do your scalp massage. You will get it done in no time.
  3. Massage your scalp 1st thing in the morning before you style your hair or in the evening before your tie your hair up.

Oils for Scalp Massages

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Avocado Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Castor Oil
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Almond Oil
  • Emu Oil
  • Jamaican Black Castor Oil
  • Grapeseed Oil
  • Neem Oil

Follow the Step by Step Massage:

Scalp Massage for hair growth

Start with the back of the head in the center.

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Start with the back of the head in the center. With your fingertips, press and move the scalp up and down several times as you move your hands to the sides all the way to the back of the ears.
Cup your ears and move the side of your scalp several times up and down as you move up. You can also use the base of your palms.
Weave your fingers on the top if you can reach them.
From the hairline by the temple, move the front side of the scalp towards your hair whorl.

Push the top of your scalp towards the center with your fingertips from the front towards the back. 

You can also weave your fingers this way. 

Move the scalp in the back of the head sideways from the side as you move towards the center.

You can also use the base of your palm, do this twice a day including during shampoo. If you’re at work, this helps to bring blood up to a cloudy head with a lunch coma. 

Combine these tricks with acupressure points for hair loss. Scalp massage definitely promote healthy hair growth but it’s just a small part of the big formula. It’s like preparing the soil with a good irrigation. 

This is not an overnight cure, as you still need to take good nutrition to fertilize your hair, re-evaluate your shampoo and conditioner or go “no-poo” which means to wash your hair with water alone.

Stay true to yourself, yet always be open to learn. Work hard, and never give up on your dreams, even when nobody else believes they can come true but you. These are not cliches but real tools you need no matter what you do in life to stay focused on your path.

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