It’s all too easy to neglect your scalp health and focus solely on your hair.
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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?
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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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.
Just as a body massage increases blood flow to sore muscles, a scalp massage creates better circulation to your head. Hey there, Rapunzel hair!
If you’re prone to a dry scalp, a once-a-week scalp massage (with oil) can help balance that out.
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!
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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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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