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Why Massaging Your Scalp Is Worth Taking Out 5 Minutes For

26 March 2019
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Elizabeth Hall

Elizabeth Hall

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An American journalist living in Paris, Elizabeth has a passion for all things hair.

Perhaps you consider scalp health a case of out of sight, out of mind… and you wouldn’t be alone. There seems to be a very common misconception in the beauty world that scalp health and care isn’t as important as skin care, or even nail care - let’s be real, would you just “forget” to get your roots touched up? Nope. So why do we neglect the very root of your beloved locks? Allow us to introduce what will become your fave part of your hair care regime: a scalp massage. Ahhh, to zen out in the name of beauty (without forcing your friends to give your head a rub down for tips or becoming roomies with your stylist) has never been that simple to recreate at home, until now. We think a scalp massage is the most underrated thing since the bath bomb trend - when will people realise the necessity of a bubble bath?! It’s time to take this matter front and centre as we talk the best scalp massage techniques to get your scalp health and hair healthy AF. In the name of zen, keep calm and scroll on!

Why Better Hair Starts With Scalp Care

We all know what happens when we neglect our houseplants on vacation, we come back to wilted shrubs of what were once an herb garden. The same thing applies to scalp health, neglect your scalp and watch your hair suffer the consequences. Simply put, your scalp should be getting as much TLC as your hair or the skin on your face - would you go to bed with a full face of makeup, get up and apply more on top? Never, ew. Just like you wouldn’t forgo your skin care routine, you shouldn’t skip out on a 5 minutes scalp massage and the host of scalp health benefits it offers. Let’s talk scalp science, shall we?

woman having a scalp massage in salon

Every single hair on your head stems from a follicle which surfaces on your scalp. These follicles are also responsible for producing sebum (AKA oil). Follicles that are blocked by excess sebum, dead skin cells (yuck), and dandruff can have an impact on hair growth and the overall condition of your strands. It gets worse, permanently obstructed follicles can cease to produce hair at all; this is why it’s essential that the follicle and the scalp are cleansed, clear and well-maintained with a weekly scalp massage. But really, what’s better than a scalp massage in the shampoo chair? Whether you pop to the salon to have the pros give your roots a good rub down, or you opt for a DIY scalp massage, the benefits speak for themselves.

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Scalp Massage Your Way To Healthy Hair & Relaxation

With the importance of scalp health sussed out, it’s time to get down to business. If you needed further assurance, we gotchu! Here’s how a scalp massage can transform your mane, ‘cause prevention is better than cure.

It Stimulates Blood Circulation To The Head

Just as a body massage increases blood flow to sore muscles, a scalp massage creates better circulation to your head. Hey there, Rapunzel hair!

Conditions The Scalp

If you’re prone to a dry scalp, a once-a-week scalp massage (with oil) can help balance that out.

Helps Distribute Hair’s Natural Oils

Those sebaceous glands on your head are responsible for spreading natural oils throughout your tresses. By doing a scalp massage, you’re essentially distributing that oil from the scalp to the rest of your hair. The result? Shiny, lustrous locks!

It’s Relaxing

We all need to make time for a little R&R in our lives… take this opportunity to not only improve the state of your hair and scalp health, but to calm the spirit. Namaste!

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The Technique: How To Get A Bomb Scalp Massage

Nothing is better than getting an epic scalp massage at the salon shampoo bowl. Instead of convincing your stylist to move in with you and treat you to regular head massages for optimal scalp health (that’s not weird…) you can trust in this DIY technique! Unless you and your stylist are like BFFs, then it’s not that weird. You’ll need two things: a hot, (romantic) bath and an oil or serum. Calling all ladies who want length: if you’re all about that hair-down-to-there, then you need Kérastase Extentioniste Serum in your life. It’s enriched with ceramides, which helps to prevent breakage, and with restorative lipids for surface recovery. L’Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil Colour Glow is our choice for a hair oil that not only offers colour protection, but truly nourishes the hair fibre.

Don’t fret if you don’t have a bath (tiny London apartment, is it you?), instead heat a wet towel in the microwave and wrap it around your head for a few minutes. If you are lucky enough to have a bathtub, use it! After you’ve had your bath, it’s time to oil up! Squeeze a few droplets of oil or serum onto your palms and rub your hands together.

Pro tip: flip your head upside down for added blood circulation. Using your fingertips, massage in circular movements along the scalp - the slower, the better for a zen-like experience. Do this at least once a week and watch your scalp health flourish like the unique ecosystem it is!

You heard it, a scalp massage a week helps keep scalp health and hair on fleek!

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