How to give yourself a scalp massage

Ever wonder why the scalp massage you get in the hair salon feels so great? Here at Noughty, we spend a lot of time thinking hard about all things scalp and got to puzzling over what the science behind this could be. It turns out we aren’t the only ones wondering. Studies have shown that scalp massage can release the feel-good chemistry our body makes; endorphins and serotonin, lifting your mood, helping you relax and reducing stress. And that’s just the benefits you feel in the moment…there are an array of benefits lurking just below the skin.

Massage helps lift away dead skin cells, stimulates blood flow to the scalp, flow that contributes to the health of your scalp. And since a healthy scalp equals healthy hair, adding a scalp massage to your haircare regime makes sense…and is free. All it takes is five to ten minutes twice a week to make a difference. Here’s how.

  • Starting at the front of the scalp and working towards the base of your skull, massage with the fleshy pads of your fingers. Work in gentle, circular motions to apply pressure to the scalp.
  • Every couple of minutes, change the pressure you’re applying and the direction of the circular motion.
  • If you have a sensitive or oily scalp, use less pressure for a shorter period and rinse with cool water. The drier your scalp, the longer the massage and the firmer the pressure as it will help lift away flaky skin and stimulate the production of the scalp’s own oils that you tend to be short of.
All scalps and manes will benefit from the increase in circulation – it will help your lymphatic system (the body’s rubbish disposal) flush toxins away from the scalp and support the activity of the follicles to create the best environment for new hair growth.

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