Scalp massage for hair growth is an easy, free, and fun method to promote hair growth and fight hair loss. If you are suffering from pattern hair loss, I would definitely recommend you give it a try since it’s free, and can be done anywhere and anytime.
What is scalp massage – explaining the main benefits
Scalp massage is a method/technique which increases blood flow to the scalp and hair follicles (a part of the skin which hair) – a very important factor in dealing with hair loss.
It is important to understand that the scalp contains many very small arteries, and the blood flowing to the follicles is usually insufficient. As DHT in people suffering from pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia) causes severe damage to the follicles, enhanced blood flow is one thing that can counter fight the negative effects of DHT and slow down hair loss.
The increased blood flow helps hair follicles receive more much-needed nutrients and oxygen, and as a result the hair growth cycle is lengthened and hair grows longer and thicker. For this reason, traditional hair loss treatments such as minoxidil and PRP treatments work to increase blood flow to hair follicles.
Scalp massage is another option, and it works best when combining it with other hair loss treatments. In addition, one study found that a scalp massage also increases the activity of hair promoting genes and reduces the activity of genes that cause hair loss and inflammation!
Another important benefit of scalp massage is that it is quite enjoyable and fun. It reduces stress and anxiety, and it can lower blood pressure and heart rate. Stress is not only dangerous for your overall physical and mental health, it can also increase hair loss. You can expect to feel calmer and more relaxed after a good scalp massage.
How to do a scalp massage
A scalp massage is an easy technique which doesn’t require any special equipment or tools. All that is required is your fingers and about 5 minutes of your time. It can be done in the shower with a shampoo, but it can also be done on dry hair. Some people like to use oils or serums, though it’s not mandatory.
Start by gently massaging your scalp with the tip of your fingers. It’s best to start with the edges of the hairline and slowly move to other areas until you massage all parts of your scalp. You can increase the pressure gradually, but there’s no need to put too much pressure. Be careful not to cause any injury or damage by massaging too hard. The whole session should last at least 3 minutes, preferably 5-6 minutes.
For a scalp massage to be effective, it should be done every day. Improved hair growth is expected within 3-6 months, so be patient and persistent. All hair growth treatments take time since hair follicles need several months to move into the growth phase and start producing new and better hair.
Scalp massage alone won’t help, so use it with other treatments
It is probably not a good idea to rely solely on scalp massage as a hair loss treatment. Although it has many benefits, it is by no means a cure for baldness. Research on scalp massage is very limited (but promising), so it is best to do scalp massage in combination with other proven hair loss treatments to enhance their effects.
In the long battle against baldness, you should always look for more options to add to your daily hair loss treatment. As we age, some of these treatments tend to be less efficient. I have personally started doing scalp massages just recently, in addition to taking natural DHT blockers and using minoxidil 5%.
Scalp massage is a great option for improving your hair’s health and thickness, but it is not a miracle treatment for people suffering from pattern hair loss. Its effects are mild compared to the likes of minoxidil or propecia, but it is another (small) tool in the existing toolbox of available pattern hair loss treatments.
Since it is completely free and quite enjoyable, I would recommend you give it a try and see how it works for you. After all, you have nothing to lose.
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