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by: Better Not Younger
October 05, 2022
If you’ve ever experienced a scalp massage, you know how relaxing it can be. Like that scalp massage at the salon while you’re having your hair shampooed—pure heaven!
A scalp massage is essentially the kneading and rubbing of the head, a profoundly calming process that relaxes the skull and neck muscles. But beyond relieving tension and stress, a scalp massage can also help to support blood flow and nutrient delivery to the hair follicles, leading to thicker-, healthier-looking locks.
Let’s take a closer look at how your hair and scalp can benefit from a scalp massage.
A scalp massage is similar to a massage you might receive for your back, neck or body. Though it utilizes gentler pressure to protect your follicles, it delivers the same tension-relieving and mood-boosting benefits. And unlike a full body massage, you can perform it on yourself!
But a few moments of blissful relaxation aren’t the only perks of a scalp massage. A scalp massage plays a key role in the health of your scalp, the appearance of your tresses and more. Keep reading for the top 5 benefits of a scalp massage.
Taking time to massage your scalp can improve your mood and increase your sense of well-being. This is because massage therapy has the ability to increase your body’s levels of mood-boosting serotonin and dopamine, while decreasing cortisol (the stress hormone). 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—so 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 flakiness 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 by stimulating your blood vessels and nerves beneath the skin, promoting healthy hair.
The benefits of daily scalp massages focus mostly 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 not only thought to enlarge, or dilate, the capillaries there, increasing blood flow, but studies support that a scalp massage can stretch follicle cells, boosting strand thickness.
In addition to maintaining a balanced diet and drinking plenty of water, massaging your scalp may also help increase blood flow and boost your scalp circulation—simply choose a time of day that works best for you. We recommend you massage your scalp for at least two to three minutes a day.
A great time to massage your scalp is while shampooing or right before bedtime to help you wind down and relax. Although you can give yourself a scalp massage with or without serum, we recommend you use our hair- and scalp-nourishing Superpower Fortifying Hair & Scalp Serum or our Superpower + Advanced Hair Densifying Scalp Serum during one of your daily massages.
Avoid using too much pressure or scraping your scalp with your fingernails—gentle circular motions using your knuckles or the pads of your fingers 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 slowly and thoroughly over each section.
Depending on your hair and scalp needs, we offer two scalp serums—and each comes with its own specially designed massaging Liquid Comb applicator that mimics the pressure of your fingertips to deliver a scalp massage like nothing else.
While our Superpower Liquid Comb and our Superpower+ Advanced Comfort Liquid Comb look a little different from each other to cater to the unique formulations of our scalp serums, they work in the same way: They gently part the hair and hug the scalp to evenly distribute the serum at the roots. Follow these three simple steps:
It’s time to take your scalp and hair health into your own hands and enjoy the benefits of a daily scalp massage! At Better Not Younger, we know that scalp care is essential for healthy hair—and regular scalp massages are great for exfoliating your scalp, stimulating your follicles and revitalizing aging hair, while also relieving tension and improving your sense of well-being.
Treat your hair and scalp to a scalp massage with our Superpower Hair & Scalp Duo to help aging hair look stronger and healthier by the day or our Superpower+ Advanced Duo designed for noticeable hair thinning and a sensitive scalp for the feel of soothing scalp relief and to help you achieve thicker-, denser- and stronger-looking hair in no time. And visit our online shop to check out the rest of our hair-care solutions custom-made for your aging hair.
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