Every morning (practically every morning) I start my hair routine by doing a Scalp Massage.
Benefits of Scalp Massages:
In truth it has become one of my morning rituals. I love everything about scalp massages, the main reasons are:
- When you massage your scalp you help stimulate hair growth because you are circulating blood flow to your scalp which helps your hair follicles.
- Let’s face it massages feel awesome and are really relaxing. I smile throughout my massage and it just makes me start the day off on the right foot.
- It helps to bring volume to your roots (my fine haired ladies will understand what I mean about this!)
- It helps to bring your hair down after hours of being up and away for the night, especially if you do the pineapple method. I normally do a modified pineapple (cover my hair with a scarf minus the hair bubble if I haven’t re-twisted, Bantu knotted etc).
- Since you are massaging your scalp with oil, it can help sooth a flaky scalp.
- 70% Cold Pressed Pure Castor Oil*
- 30% Any Carrier Oil – (in this instance DIY Coffee Bean Infused Almond Oil) – I use Peppermint Essential Oil while making this Oil
*You can substitute pure cold pressed Castor Oil with Jamaican Black Castor oil.
Note: some people have found both or either Castor Oil/Jamaican Black Castor Oil to give them skin allergies so please make sure to do a patch test if you have never used the oil before. Essential oils are quite potent especially ones like Peppermint so please make sure you dilute it in enough carrier oil otherwise you will burn your skin and cause irritations! If you are pregnant please DO NOT use any essential oils and always consult with your doctor/dermatologist if you are trying anything new.
The magic of scalp massages is two fold, on the one hand it is the actual scalp massages and the other is the use of oils. You do not have to use the same exact oils I do but I do highly recommend some form of Castor Oil (if you are not allergic). Here are the benefits of the oils I use:
- Increase hair growth
- Promotes healthy hair due to omega-6 essential fatty acids
- Thickens thinning hair
- Reduces hair damage
- Eliminates dry scalps and hair
- Helps reduce scalp irritations due to anti-bacterial and fungal properties
- Helps retain moisture in the hair and scalp
- Excellent sealing oil
- Promotes shiny hair
- Boost your hair’s overall health
DIY Coffee Bean Infused Almond Oil:
- Reduces hair shedding and said to reduce excessive hair loss because of the antioxidants present in caffeine.
- Increases hair growth since caffeine promotes blood circulation in the scalp which promotes growth.
- Known to darken the hair and slowdown the early onset of grey hairs (with frequent and consistent use)*
- Adds sine and dimension to the hair due to the darkening effect of the oil
*Should you have bleached/blond or dyed hair you do not want to darken, I suggest not trying this oil.
Peppermint Essential Oil:
- Soothing effect to the scalp
- Helps combat dandruff and lice
- Promotes healthy hair growth
- Helps relive scalp irritations due to antiseptic properties
All I do is put a few pumps of the oil blend on my fingertips and massage my scalp in a circular motion. I am very gentle and focus on one spot then move onto a different part of my scalp till I am done. I then move onto refreshing, moisturizing, styling my hair etc.
So in closing if you haven’t intregrated scalp massages into your routine….what are you waiting for???
I would love to hear if you do scalp massages, how often, what oils do you use?