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by: Better Not Younger
November 11, 2020
If you have ever experienced a scalp massage, you know how relaxing it can be. When we get our hair shampooed at the salon, the stylist often gives us a simultaneous massage.
A scalp massage is essentially the kneading and rubbing of your head, a profoundly calming process that relaxes your skull and neck muscles.
Yet there are other benefits beyond relieving tension and stress. Scalp massages can increase microcirculation, boosting blood flow and nutrient delivery to your hair follicles — giving you thicker, healthier locks.
Let’s take a closer look at whether your hair can benefit from a scalp massage.
A scalp massage is similar to a massage you might receive for your back, neck, or body. It utilizes gentler pressure to protect your follicles, and, unlike a body massage, you can perform it on yourself.
Your scalp’s health can impact the appearance of your tresses. After all, your hair forms in your follicles located below your skin’s surface.
A scalp massage can stimulate your blood vessels and nerves beneath the skin while easing muscle tension around your shoulders and head. A scalp massage can:
Taking time to massage your scalp can improve your mood and increase your sense of well-being. Three hormones are responsible for impacting your emotional state: dopamine, serotonin, and cortisol.
Massage therapy can positively impact your body's levels of dopamine and serotonin, increasing mood-boosting serotonin and dopamine, while decreasing cortisol. Too much cortisol in your system can increase inflammation and weaken your immune system.
Tension often collects at the base of your skull, near your hairline — massaging this area can relieve the intensity and frequency of chronic tension headaches. Scalp massages can also alleviate migraine headache symptoms in some women.
Scalp massages are an excellent way to exfoliate your follicles. Dead skin cells and product residue can accumulate on your scalp, clogging your pores and leading to flaking and dryness. The friction of a scalp massage loosens these particles so that you can wash them away the next time you shampoo.
Thousands of tiny blood vessels, or capillaries, crisscross our scalps. These capillaries transport blood containing minerals, vitamins, amino acids, and oxygen to your skin cells and hair follicles and receive carbon dioxide and waste in return.
As we age, our capillary walls thicken to some degree, leading to a slower nutrient and waste exchange. Our follicles then suffer, producing fine-textured, brittle hair. Some follicles stop making hairs altogether, and our strands fall out. Massaging your scalp improves circulation to your roots, possibly promoting healthy hair.
The benefits of daily scalp massages seem to focus on your hair follicles. Follicles are microscopic sleeves of connective tissue and cells located beneath your scalp's skin that surround your hair roots.
Massaging your scalp is thought to enlarge, or dilate, the capillaries there, increasing blood flow. Scientists also believe that a scalp massage can stretch follicle cells, boosting strand thickness.
A 2019 study attempted to address if standardized scalp massages can reverse or stabilize androgenic alopecia. Androgenic alopecia is an inherited male and female hair loss condition caused by aging.
The study participants reported performing an 11-20 minute daily scalp massage for up to 14 months, with nearly 70% of the 340 participants reporting that their hair loss stopped or they experienced regrowth.
Self-perceived changes occurred after an average of 36 hours of scalp massages. The researchers conceded further research is needed; however, the results supported the findings of other studies suggesting scalp massages improve androgenic alopecia.
You can help your scalp circulation by maintaining a balanced diet, drinking plenty of water, and massaging your scalp.
Choose a time to massage your scalp once or twice a day for two to three minutes or more. You can massage your scalp anytime, without hair products; however, the perfect time to massage your scalp is while lathering up your shampoo and during nightly applications of Superpower Fortifying Hair & Scalp Serum.
Avoid using too much pressure or scraping the skin with your fingernails — gentle circular motions using your fingers' pads or your knuckles works well.
Picture your scalp as four or eight distinct segments and massage each an equal amount of time. Start on either the front or the back of your head and work systematically and slowly over each section.
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To use the Superpower Liquid Comb:
Feel your stress melt away as the robust applicator stimulates scalp microcirculation, leading to thicker, healthier hair.
Take your scalp and hair health into your own hands. Regular scalp massages can exfoliate and stimulate your follicles, revitalize hair, relieve tension, and improve your sense of well-being.
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