Best Way to Massage your Scalp
Healthy Hair and Scalp Tips
The following tips have been gleaned from various sources. They can help stop hair loss as well as keeping the hair you have healthy.
Massage your scalp (see the next section to give you step-by-step instructions) with your fingertips (not your nails) daily to stimulate and promote circulation to your scalp.
- When using blow dryers, always keep the heat a good distance from your scalp and hair. Avoid heating the scalp and hair excessively.
- Avoid getting hair creams, lotions, styling gels and sprays directly on the scalp as this can clog your hair follicles.
- After swimming in a pool, shampoo your hair as soon as possible to remove any chlorine residue. Chlorine is extremely damaging to the hair and scalp.
- Avoid over-exposing your hair and scalp to the wind and sun.
- Avoid tight hats and caps as they contribute to poor circulation, depriving the hair of proper nutrition. Sweat, dirt, and grime around the rim inhibit follicle health and contribute to build-up.
- Always consult your health care provider for extreme fallout and thinning.
- A medical condition or medication could be causing hair loss side effects.
- Strive for balance and harmony in both your personal and professional lifestyle. High stress factors can cause our body to react by fluctuating hormone levels. This in turn causes excessive oil secretion (sebum) which results in hair loss.
- Pregnancy, nursing, menopause even birth control medication cause constant changing factors on your nutritional needs and hormonal levels which contribute to hair loss and fallout.
- Avoid “crash and fad” diets. Proper nutritious meals along with vitamin and mineral supplements is a key factor for healthy hair and skin.
Give Yourself a Hair/Scalp Massage
Massaging the scalp helps keep your hair healthy and can also promote hair growth. Nourishment is sent to the capillary vessels in hair papillae to activate the hair cells. Many hair stylists, while shampooing hair, will give scalp massages.
Massage your scalp in this way:
- Start from the forehead hairline along the arteries in the front, side, and back of the head, making small circles with your fingertips.
- Work your way toward the top of the head as if drawing a circle.
- Massage your hair/scalp for just ten minutes a day: once in the morning and once in the afternoon. Do not give up after a few days. Make it a habit! You can also massage your scalp when shampooing your hair.
Additional Massage Help From Your Brush
Many hair stylists say that the only role that brushing plays is to arrange and style your hair. Excessive brushing can damage your hair because it can scrape away your hair cuticles.
Forget the old saying about brushing 100 strokes a day! Brushing too much or too roughly can strip away your hair’s cuticle, or even cause it to hair breakage.
Additionally, It can also make oily hair more oily and dry hair more brittle.
The type of bristles on your brush can make a difference in your overall hair health. Choose a brush that works best for your type of hair.
Generally speaking, wooden brushes with natural or Boar’s Head bristles are a lot easier on the hair. The natural bristles can also provide gentle massage for the scalp and give the hair shaft a smooth finish.
Soft plastic brushes are usually best for medium to fine hair. The ones with knobs at the bristle ends are generally easier on the scalp but may NOT be good for your hair.
Article from: http://www.hairboutique.com/tips/tip273.htm
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