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How to Give Yourself a Scalp Massage
Scalp massages release tension in your forehead, neck, and head, and they can be extremely relaxing. Luckily, you don't need someone else to massage your scalp for you. You can learn to give yourself refreshing scalp massages right at home.
Short Video: How to Give Yourself a Scalp Massage
To give yourself a scalp massage, start by running your hands through your hair while applying downward pressure with your fingers. Move your fingers in small circles as you press down on your scalp. When you're ready, move your hands in the opposite direction and gradually work down to the sides of your scalp. Finish your massage by gently rubbing around your ears.To learn how to use essential oils to make your scalp massage feel even better, scroll down!
Doing a Basic Massage
Find a relaxing place to sit.Choose a comfortable chair with a solid back that can support your weight. Put your phone on silent and minimize background noises. You may even want to dim the lights a bit.
- If you find music relaxing, put something on, but set it to low volume. Consider choosing an instrumental playlist, or a collection of soothing nature sounds.
- You’ll likely be sleepy and relaxed after the massage. Consider doing it two or three times per week before you go to bed.
Run your hands through your hair from front to back.Use the tips of your fingers and move in a straight motion. Apply downward pressure, paying careful attention to all the little bumps and indents in your scalp. Use a healthy amount of pressure, but don’t push so hard that you feel pain or discomfort.
- Make sure your hair isn’t pulled back into a ponytail or bun before you begin. You may even want to brush through it quickly to avoid snagging your hands on tangles.
Use circular motions from front to back.Move from front to back again. This time, use the tips of your fingers to make small circles as you make your way across your scalp. Maintain the same gentle but steady level of pressure.
Reverse the direction.Move from the back of your head to the front. Repeat both the straight and circular motions. You should start at the bottom of your hairline and come forward to the crown.
Repeat the movements from the sides.Now, it’s time to cover the sides of your scalp. Start on the left at the front. Move straight up and down, then repeat in circles. Move to the base of your head on the left side. Repeat for the right side, doing both the front and back halves of your scalp.
Place your hands on your scalp and move your arms.Spread your fingers and make your hands into C’s. Place your hands on the sides of your head. Your thumbs should be just above your ears. Move your arms forward and back, keeping your fingers in place on your scalp.
- You should feel your scalp moving forward and backward a bit when you move your arms.
Tug gently on a ponytail if you can make one.Gather your hair into a ponytail. Flex your fingers on the gathered bit of hair, then tug on it very gently.
- If you have shorter hair, you can also take a small section of hair in your hands, twist it gently, and tug. Repeat this on different sections around your scalp.
Rub your ears to finish up.Lift your hands up so they’re right behind your ears. Use your thumbs and the tips of your fingers to make gentle circles around your ear. Pay special attention to your ear lobes. This is a nice, relaxing way to conclude your scalp massage.
Choose an essential oil.Essential oils can relax your mind and body with their scent. You can also pick specific oils that may help with various hair care needs.
- Lavender oil is good for moisturizing dry scalps.
- Rosemary oil minimizes greasiness in hair.
- Chamomile oil is a soothing option that’s also good for itchiness.
- Tea tree oil is the best remedy for dandruff, although lemon oil may help as well.
- Peppermint oil has a cooling effect and may stimulate hair growth.
Choose a carrier oil.You shouldn’t put undiluted essential oils directly on your scalp. Instead, add 8-10 drops of the essential oil of your choice to about 2 tablespoons (30 ml) (28 g) of your chosen carrier.
- Coconut oil is great for combatting dandruff and creating a generally healthier scalp.
- Castor oil may help thicken your hair.
- Jojoba oil is a light moisturizer.
- Olive oil works well in combination with lavender or rosemary essential oils.
Pour the oil mixture on the crown of your head.Use about half of the mixture at this stage. Keep your head tipped back slightly when you pour to avoid having the oil drip into your eyes.
Rub your hands across your scalp.Move from front to back and rub your hands through your hair in straight motions. Repeat with circular motions. These motions should spread the oil over the entire surface of your scalp.
- Focus primarily on your scalp rather than your hair at this stage.
Bend forward and pour oil on the back of your head.Tip your head forward until your head touches your chin. Pour the rest of the mixture at the base of your hairline on the back of your head. Use your hands to spread it forward.
Massage your whole head.Now that you’ve got enough oil on your scalp, take the time to really massage it in. Go from front to back and back to front. Do both sides of your head. Use both straight and circular motions. Pay special attention to spots that feel tense or tight.
- You can also spend a little extra time very gently massaging your temples.
Rub the oil into your hair from root to tip.Once you’ve covered your scalp, move on to your hair. Gently rub the oil into your hair. Move from the root all the way out to the tips of each strand.
Leave the oil in for at least twenty minutes.To get the full benefits of the oil, leave it in for at least twenty minutes and up to overnight. You can wrap your hair up in a towel to keep it from getting all over the place.
- To really get the spa effect, put your towel in the dryer for a few minutes to warm it up.
- If you leave the oil in overnight, put a towel over your pillow to keep it from getting messy.
- If your head starts to heat up uncomfortably or you feel pain, wash the oil out right away. You shouldn’t experience any discomfort during this treatment.
Wash your hair with shampoo and conditioner.Once you’re ready to remove the oil, take a shower. Cleanse your hair thoroughly with your normal hair products. Give yourself a bonus scalp massage for a few minutes while you’re doing so.
- No need to wait for the next morning to wash your skin. If you get any oil on your face, wash that right away. You don’t want the oil to sit on your skin overnight. Be sure to also wash your hands right after you’ve finished the massage.
QuestionWhat does it mean if I have a black, dandruff-like substance on my fingernails after scratching my itchy scalp?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThe substance that is appearing in your fingernails is actually the natural oil your hair produces. The substance is most likely your hair's natural oils mixed with dandruff.Thanks!
QuestionCan I massage my hair with oil every other day?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes, every other day is perfectly fine. Make sure hair is damp before applying oil. Try using a light oil to avoid a greasy look.Thanks!
QuestionDoes scalp massage increase blood flow to the brain?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes. Massaging your scalp can increase blood flow of your scalp, promote hair growth, and de-stress. It can also prevent grey hair.Thanks!
QuestionShould I put the oil on heat before using it on my head?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes. Heat the oil before you put it on the scalp. Only warm it, though. If it's too hot it will be really uncomfortable at best and cause damage at worst. If it's too hot, wait for it to cool down until it's just warm.Thanks!
QuestionHow much time should I keep the oil in the scalp?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerKeep it in for as long as you do the massage. If you're putting it in without a scalp massage, use only a little bit of oil (a penny-sized glob should do the trick). Leave it to be absorbed. Do not use a lot, and wash your hair in a couple of days so it doesn't look greasy.Thanks!
QuestionCan I put only extra virgin oil in my hair?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThanks!
QuestionWhich oil should I use for a scalp massage?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIt depends what your hair type is. For dry hair, coconut, olive, or jojoba is recommended. For oily hair, argon oil is good. For hair growth, castor oil directly on the scalp (combined with rosemary and peppermint essential oil) works wonders.Thanks!
QuestionCan I do the scalp massage on dry hair?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerSure. You could use oils and wash you hair afterwards.Thanks!
QuestionWill a massage help to regrow my lost hair?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerMassage can help stimulate the folicles, so massage away.Thanks!
QuestionMy scalp feels weirdly 'healthy' after giving it a massage. Could this mean I am stimulating hair grow?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes! Massaging your hair stimulates your scalp, so what you are feeling is correct!Thanks!
Which oil is best for long the hair?
- A good scalp massage can ward off or minimize a headache.
- To get the full benefits of a scalp massage, do it at least once per week.
- You can also look for commercial head massagers online, although they can get pretty pricey.
- Don't massage your scalp too roughly. You can make strands of hair break or fall out if you pull on them too hard.
- Watch for any allergic reactions to the essential oils, and visit your doctor right away if you develop a rash.
- Don’t plan to do work or drive after giving yourself a scalp massage.
Things You'll Need
Comfortable place to sit
Essential oils for
Shampoo and conditioner
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