How to Do a Relaxing & Effective Scalp Massage for Hair Growth

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I know what you need: a guided scalp massage for hair growth. Luckily, you’re in the right place. Scalp massage benefits are numerous. A scalp massage can reduce hair fall, increase hair growth, prevent flakes and buildup, and strengthen the hair you already have. Let’s get started.

Tools and materials:

  • Hair oil
Applying hair oil to the scalp

1. Apply hair oil to your scalp

I’m using rosemary oil, but you can use any hair oil you like. Apply the oil directly to your scalp and gently rub it in.

You should use only a little, enough to thinly coat your scalp. You don’t want to be dripping in oil. This is going to make your scalp nice and hydrated, and you can do it if your hair is in twists, braids, and, of course, if it’s out. All you need is access to your scalp. 

If you decide to use rosemary oil, it’s proven to prevent or repair hair from hair loss, damage, traction alopecia, and alopecia areata. It’s also said to have anti-inflammatory properties, promote nerve growth, and improve circulation.

Similar to peppermint oil, it provides a tingly feeling on your scalp that promotes blood flow and oxygen flow to your follicles. 

Read my previous tutorial for a powerful and effective DIY hair growth oil recipe.

Applying hair oil to the hairline

2. Add hair oil to your hairline

After you’re finished adding oil to your scalp, add oil to your hairline. Your hairline is the weakest part of your hair as it’s the finest and most prone to breakage. 

How to massage your scalp

3. How to massage your scalp

Take the time to close your eyes if you wish and begin to slowly massage your scalp in small circles. I always start at the top of my head and move my hands slowly downwards.

This process should be incredibly relaxing. I love to do it at night as it’s relaxing enough to help me sleep.  

Scalp massage techniques

Continue to do this all throughout your head, slowly working your way backward as you massage. Again, start from the top and work your massaging hands downwards.

Make sure you don’t use your nails, as this can be extremely damaging to your hair follicles.

Additionally, don’t massage too hard and only use the pads of your fingers. You should only feel gentle pressure against your scalp. You’ll know you’re doing it too hard if you feel any pain or any of your hair falls out.

Scalp massage benefits

Another scalp massage technique I like to do is lock my hands behind my head to massage the back part of my head simply by opening and closing my hands. If it’s not comfortable for you, you can go back and only use the previous, rounded motion technique.

At this point, you should begin to feel your face heating up as warmth rushes to your cheeks and forehead. This is a sign that it’s working and the blood is rushing to your scalp sending more oxygen, promoting hair growth, and improving the productivity of whatever oil you applied to your scalp.

You should also begin to feel a slight tingling, almost itchiness, but it shouldn’t hurt.

How to massage the hairline

Now with the pads of your fingers, you want to go around your hairline and gently stroke it. This is so relaxing, it might even make you feel a bit sleepy. 

Scalp massage for hair growth

After you finish massaging your hairline, begin the process all over again with gentle, rounded strokes. This typically takes me 5-10 minutes, but you can stop anytime you feel like your scalp has been thoroughly massaged, you feel warm, or your scalp feels tingly.

I like to use this moment to set my intentions regarding my hair. Use this time to visualize what you’d like your hair to look like: if you want it longer, fuller, thicker, or healthy.

Envision how long you want it to be, if you want it to touch your shoulders, if you want it to be waist-length, etc.

How to do a scalp massage with hair oil

If your arms are getting tired, you can easily massage with just one hand and let your other hand relax, switching hands when necessary.

Does scalp massage help hair growth?

Eventually, the massage will come to an end. Put your hair in whatever style you need to - whether it’s a protective style for bed or a style to wear out but avoid anything too tight that will pull on your scalp, and you’re done.

Scalp massage for hair growth

This hair massage is amazing right before bed; it’s simultaneously relaxing and stimulating and your scalp will thank you. If you liked this guided massage, let me know in the comments down below!

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  • Gi Gi on Mar 29, 2022

    Did you use essential oil mixed in a carrier oil or something else? Did you see a difference in your hair from b4 you started massaging it with rosemary oil?