It will repay and reward you if you do. I know we pay attention to it on wash days, or at-least we should, but what about those other six days, and for those who wash bi-weekly or even later, what about all those abandoned days in between?
The scalp needs to be nurtured just like the rest of the hair shaft in order for it to remain healthy. One good way to achieve this is to massage it.
Yeh baby, give that scalp some massaging action.
In India, a practice referred to as scritching is widely used. It’s the process of massaging the scalp daily, for a good 15 minutes or more. The benefits of massaging the scalp is to allow blood circulation, and to allow the scalp to receive more oxygen. Yes, believe it or not, the more the blood flows to the scalp, the more oxygen it can get. A healthy scalp, allows for better hair growth simply because the hair follicles have a clean and healthy ground to grow from.
Scalp Massage Benefits
- Reduces Stress Levels: General tension and stress can inhibit blood flow to your head causing headaches, eye-strain, poor concentration, hair loss, depression and other symptoms. A soothing head and scalp massage provides instant relief.
- Relieves headaches
- Increases blood flow: The scalp massage benefit the skin and scalp itself, but also the hair follicles and hair. This increased blood flow can stimulate the follicles in such a way that hair will grow faster, which is a great benefit for those who wish to increase the length of their locks. Scalp massage can also strengthen hair follicles which then in turn, strengthens the entire hair shaft. Scalp massages usually involve the use of special oils that are applied to the scalp and hair to provide increased nourishment and work with the hair’s natural oils to repair dryness and breakage. This is great for anyone who suffers from chronic flaking and itching caused by a dry scalp. The special scalp oils may also be scented with either a relaxing mix of aromatic herbs or something more stimulating for those looking for an energy boost.
- Relaxation: Conduct a scalp massage with hair oil before going off to sleep. This will help relax the mind and achieve sound sleep.
So I urge you, as I urge myself, start massaging that scalp regularly..It will benefit the health of the scalp, and heck. 15 mins of soothing action in your head is bound to feel great!!
Alright Updated Information (a video and some oils and tools to use):
What’s better than oils when it comes to a good massage??? Nothing! To be honest, the oil counts just as much as the method. If your scalp is a little dry, try using Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Evoo) to soothe your scalp. You can spruce it up by adding a drop of peppermint and or rosemary essential oil.
If your scalp is sore, a sure fire way to soothe you and soothe your scalp is to use lavendar oil. Try mixing EVOO with lavendar and see how it works out.
Find your favorite oils, and do scalp massages with them. Jot down which ones you prefer and make it your staple. Coconut oil is also another excellent oil to try, and so is castor. Another nice trick is to scalp massage after an oil-rinsing.
Quick Tip on Oils:
Good for Dandruff and Dry Scalp:
Jojoba, Tea Tree, Neem, Avacado and Vitamin E oils, Avocado Carrier Oils
Good for Rest:
Grapeseed, Jojoba, Sandalwood, Lavender, Chamomile oils
Gives a Stimulating Scalp Massage:
Jojoba, Sweet Almond, Peppermint, Sweet Orange, Vitamin E oils
Here’s are some great step by step videos:
~Hope you enjoyed
Stay blessed and loving the Afroniquely You in all it’s naturalness.