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Scalp Massage 101
By Crown Affair
If you’ve ever gotten full body tingles from a pre-cut shampoo at the salon, you’re well aware of the physical benefits of scalp massage. When we massage our scalps, we stimulate many sensitive nerves that can calm our nervous system, reduce the levels of stress hormones in our body, lower blood pressure, and even help us sleep. Research also suggests scalp massages can alleviate the pain and frequency of tension headaches.
Of course, scalp massages are essential for hair health as well. In order to have healthy hair, we need a healthy scalp, meaning one that’s free of clogged pores, dry skin, and other debris. Massaging our scalps naturally exfoliates them and increases blood flow, which some claim has helped their hair grow both thicker and longer.
Our favorite part? Scalp massages can easily be done at home. To start, find a comfortable position and use your fingers (with or without oil) to lightly massage in circular motions across your entire head. Finish by using a tool (our preferred is The Comb No. 001) from the front of your head to the nape of your neck. Scalp massages can last anywhere from 5-20 minutes, so take your time and listen to what feels best for you.Laura Knight 'The Coil of Hair' detail (1877-1970) via @thehairhistorian