Head and Scalp Massage Techniques

The finest indicator of your good health is the lustrous and glowing hair growing on your head. And, since ancient times, hair and scalp massage is used in various cultures as a treatment for hair loss and to grow healthy hair.

According to Ayurveda, maintaining healthy and lustrous hair is an ongoing process, which starts with the nourishment. The best way to nourish your hair topically is to massage your hair and scalp with warm oil mainly infused with beneficial herbs. Scalp massage is not only beneficial for your hair but it will also relax your nervous system and mind.

According to your body and hair type, the massage oil can be modified. According to Ayurveda, there are three types of hair: Vata hair- tangled, tizzy and full of split ends, Pitta hair- straight, and soft but whitens prematurely and Kapha hair- wavy, thick and oily. So, before using any treatment for your hair loss it is better to understand your hair first. Treatment for one type of hair may not be suitable for the other types of hair.

Benefits of Scalp Massage

Scalp massage done once in a week with warm oil provides you with following benefits.

  • It helps in lubrication and conditioning of the scalp while preventing dry scalp and flakes.
  • It increases the blood circulation of the head and the neck area.
  • It increases the scalp flexibility and also relaxes your scalp.
  • It helps in strengthening of the hair roots and nourishing the hair-shafts.
  • It promotes new hair growth and also strengthens the existing hairs.
  • It conditions and softens the hair hence making it more manageable.
  • It increases the luster and vibrancy of the hair by spreading the natural oil.
  • It also protects hair from the harmful effects of harsh weather and sun.
  • It rejuvenates and replenishes dry and damage hair. It also prevents extreme fragility and split-ends.
  • Scalp massage helps in relaxing muscles of the neck area.
  • Scalp and hair massage promotes sound sleep in the night.

Important Tips for Choosing Scalp Massage Oil

Below are various tips on choosing the right scalp massage oil for a healthy scalp and lustrous hair.

  • You can choose either sesame oil or almond oil as the base for vata hair. These oils help in reducing the tightness and stiffness of the scalp and are very nourishing.
  • Coconut oil is best choice for Pitta type of hair as coconut oil massage slows down premature graying and thinning of the hair.
  • You can use either olive or sesame oil if you have Kapha hair, olive oil helps in keeping the pores open.
  • Ayurvedic oils that include hair beneficial herbs boost up the advantages of the scalp massages. These ayurvedic oils are prepared by slowly cooking the herbs with the oil, and then the oil is strained for ready to use purpose.
  • Popularly used herbs in ayurvedic oils are Brahmi – good for Vata hair as it promotes hair thickness and helps in calming the nervous system and mind.
  • Amalaki is beneficial for all types of hair. It has a purifying, nourishing and cooling effect on the hair. It is more beneficial for pitta type of hair. It also prevents flakes and dry scalp.
  • Bhringaraj is good for pitta hair and is known as “king of stresses.” It is very nourishing for all types of hairs.
  • Hibiscus helps in maintaining hair vitality and color. It also has cooling property.
  • Neem (Azadirichta indica) – has cleansing and purifying properties and is good for kapha hair.
  • Other beneficial herbs used in ayurvedic oils are Lavender, Rosemary and Jasmine. They help in stimulating hair follicle, promotes hair growth, conditions the scalp, slows down premature graying and thinning.