It can be difficult to choose the right approach to reversing hair loss and regrowing your hair once you’ve researched into it.
There are so many options that it can be overwhelming and some are plain expensive.
However, there are many natural ways to reverse hair loss including the popular scalp massage method.
As you could guess, this involves massaging the scalp to stimulate hair follicles among other benefits.
Today I will be teaching you how to do a scalp massage for regrowing hair among secrets maximizing the results you experience.
Let’s get into it 🙂
Does massaging the scalp stimulate hair growth?
I know, I know. It almost sounds too good to be true.
You mean to tell me that massaging my scalp can regrow my hair and get me back to my normal self? Yep.
Some times the simplest approaches are the most effective and I’d like to explain the several reasons why it does indeed work.
Firstly you have to understand how the scalp is made and the purpose of it. Look at these diagram of the scalp and notice that the top to the back is made up of a special membrane.
Ever notice how a lot of gentlemen that go bald tend to have that “monk” look where there’s only hair on the sides and back?
Yeah, that’s because the membrane is tight and oxygen isn’t able to transport blood and nutrients to the hair on top of your head.
Keeping this membrane loose through massaging will improve the health of your hair and help brittle ones become stronger.
This is great and all, but what does science have to say? Well, one study took a group of men and gave them a four minute scalp massage every day for 24 weeks. They concluded that these men experienced an increase in the thickness of their hair due to changes in gene expression via the massage. Cool, huh?
Another study of 327 participants performed a daily scalp massage for 11 to 20 minutes. The average duration that these subjects used scalp massages was roughly six to seven months. Amazingly, 68.9% of individuals reported hair regrowth or stabilization in their hair loss. Stabilization was believed to occur after a total of 36.3 hours of massaging was accrued.
While it’s really easy to hear that scalp massages are woo-woo, science clearly backs them up. There are countless other studies and anecdotal evidence of hair loss massages working wonders, so what’s the harm in trying?
Next, let’s touch on how to do these massages yourself.
How to massage scalp for hair regrowth
Step 1: Apply an essential oil to the scalp (Optional)
This is an optional step but can greatly speed up the results if you’re serious about getting your hair back, making it thicker, and improving your confidence.
Essential oils, especially those made for hair, are awesome for thickening and regrowing follicles. I personally recommend that you look into peppermint oil as scientific studies have shown it to be an effective hair loss treatment.
Using this along with a scalp massage will give you a double-whammy.
Other good oils include lemon, tea tree, and eucalyptus.
Whichever oil you choose, apply a couple of drops into your palms and rub your hands together to spread it out. Then apply the oil through your hair and gently rub it into the scalp.
Once you have done this, you can move onto the next step.
Step 2: Massage the temple area
The first area you want to massage is the temple. This is located beside the eyebrow and in the corner of your hairline. It’s also a very common area for hair loss to occur.
Put your index and middle fingers together, place them on both sides of the template, and make a circular motion. This will stretch the skin and feel nice. Repeat in both directions for 30 seconds.
Step 3: Massage the top of your head
Remember how I spoke about the membrane that stretches from the top of your head to the back? We will want to massage that next by placing our index and middle fingers on the center of the head and moving a few inches outward. Massage the scalp here in a circular motion both ways for 30 seconds.
Furthermore, you can take your hand by placing your thumb on one side of the scalp, fingers on the other, and scrunching the skin towards the center. This will give you a deeper stretch.
Step 4: Massage the back of your head
Where does the blood come from to get to the scalp? The back of your head! That’s why it’s another very important area to massage during this process.
Once again, take your index and middle fingers together but place them on the back of your head this time.
Rub in circular motions to stretch and massage this area.
Step 5: Stretch your neck
Lastly, the neck is an important area to do hair loss massages because the blood and oxygen come up this way, to begin with.
This is why it’s great to stretch your neck to both sides, the back, and front for several repetitions. Take a break and repeat these movements for a total of three sets.
Other tips for maximizing the results you see from a hair regrowth massage
Doing a scalp massage every day is super simple and takes a couple of minutes. It’s easily one of the best and quickest ways to reverse hair loss and for promoting regrowth.
However, let’s not stop there. If you’re serious about getting your hair back and feeling awesome about yourself, why not speed up the journey?
These are different ways you can improve your hair health and get more bang for your buck out of any natural hair loss treatment.
Get your diet in check
The reality is that what you eat plays a huge role in hair health and the state of every part of your body.
That’s why it’s very important you begin eating clean if you want to regrow your hair.
This means cutting back on refined sugar, salt, junk food, and processed food.
Trying snacking on more fruit and veggies to get vitamins and minerals which keep the hair strong.
You will also want to stay hydrated and since water isn’t the sexiest drink in the world, try mixing lemon or cucumber in it for added flavor.
Other important nutrients to get in your diet for hair growth include vitamin E, biotin, protein, collagen, and vitamin K.
Exercise on a regular basis
Once the whole point of massaging the scalp? To get the blood moving to the hair, right?
It only makes sense that exercising to get your blood moving, in general, is a good idea, as well.
That’s why you should try to implement exercising a few times per week into your schedule.
Weightlifting, yoga, running, swimming, and cycling are some of the most common forms of exercise.
Keep in mind that there are plenty of exercises you can do from home, too.
You don’t need a gym membership to move your body and get your heart rate up!
Watch your stress levels
Stress isn’t good for anything. That also means that it isn’t good for those luscious locks.
While stress is a normal part of many of our lives, it’s critical to minimize it if you want the best possible hair health.
I recommend beginning by dedicating more time to your hobbies every day. Even if it’s a small amount of time, it will make you happy and take stressful things off of your mind.
Similarly, try to surround yourself with likeminded people. In psychology, they call spending time with friends and family social medicine. It allows you to express yourself, have fun, and get advice about life situations.
Get the recommended amount of sleep every evening
Sleep can be tough to get. You have work, school, friends, family, you name it. So many things are hogging up your schedule it can difficult to get a few hours of shut-eye every night.
Nonetheless, it’s essential for good hair. This is because your body repairs and rejuvenates itself while you sleep. It’s recommended that the average adult gets 7-8 hours.
Even if you have the time to get these hours in, some find it difficult to fall asleep, to begin with. If that sounds familiar, try the following tips to get a deeper sleep:
- Turn electronics off roughly 30 minutes before you want to sleep. This will prevent the light from screen tricking your brain into thinking it’s daylight.
- Try reading, cleaning, or doing a low-grade activity to make you relaxed and sleepy.
- Exercise in the evening to make yourself tired.
- Drink chamomile tea as it naturally sedates you and helps with sleep.
Go easy on products and blowdrying
Don’t you love adding products to your hair for volume and texture? How about the convenience and heat from blowdrying? Well, I have some bad news…
You need to dial back both of these 🙁
But it’s for a good reason!
Continually adding and washing products out of your hair can be rather harsh. The heat from blowdryers is also damaging when done too often.
If you want to speed up hair regrowth, consider lessening how often you use product and towel drying instead.