In my previous articles, I’ve spoken rather thoroughly about choosing and using scalp treatments such as hair loss shampoos, root tonics, and masques.
These are an essential part of The Hair Loss Black Book’s total body therapy scalp technique.
However, the best scalp remedies for hair loss are only as good as their application.
So, now it is time to make sure you know all you can about scalp massage.
Scalp massage is really no different than any other type of massage.
The skin and muscle tissue is kneaded to release tension, increase blood flow. Doing so removes toxins from within the tissue and accelerates nutrients to the tissue.
When done correctly, scalp massage can help remove the DHT, oil, and dirt from within the hair follicles. It helps release the DHT built up within the skin around the hair follicles.
It helps hair growing nutrients reach the hair follicle more quickly. It also helps cure infection and reduce scalp swelling.
In other words, scalp massage stops hair loss. It helps your hair grow. The trick is to do it right.
How To Perform A Self- Scalp Massage
The first step to massaging your scalp is to use the right scalp tonic. I have provided several recipes in The Hair Loss Black Book.
I strongly recommend using a mixture containing an antiseptic, a stimulant, and antioxidant essential oil, and a DHT blocker. Spearmint, apple cider vinegar, aloe, tea tree oil, and lemon juice are my go-to ingredients.
In the book, I recommend this recipe as a good daily treatment:
In 1 to 2 ounces of water combine: 2 drops of tea tree oil, 1 drop of rosemary, and 1 tablespoon of aloe gel.
Thoroughly combine ingredients before using, fresh rosemary can be soaked in the water ahead of time to release its nutrients.
The next step is the massage itself. It is a simple task, but you want to make sure you’re doing it correctly to give your scalp all the benefit you can.
These instructions are for a nightly, intensive scalp massage but I also recommend doing a truncated version in the shower each morning.
1. Sit down or make yourself comfortable where you can hold your hands up to your scalp for several minutes.
2. Start by dipping your index and middle fingers into your massage cocktail.
3. With your other hand, lift your hair to give your fingers better access to your scalp.
4. Holding your two fingers together, move your fingers in a circular motion over your scalp. Use very firm, but not uncomfortable pressure.
5. Start on the outer edges of your thin spots and work toward the center. After each spot has been massaged, work out from the center of each spot to the rest of your scalp. Make sure you massage as much of your scalp as you can reach.
6. The circles should move in the direction opposite of your hair growth. In other words, if your hair is growing out in an upward left direction, your circles should move in a downward right direction. This will compress the hair follicles more effectively.
7. Each circle should be no more than 2 to 4 inches in diameter.
8. After 3 circles, reapply the massage cocktail to your fingertips.
9. Continue the massage for at least 10 minutes, but 15 to 20 minutes is ideal.
Then, rinse (not shampoo) your scalp to remove excess ointment. Let the remaining ointment stay on the surface of your scalp overnight and use your regular shampoo to remove it in the morning.
10. Do this every night if possible. If you are only able to do an intensive massage a couple nights a week, you will want to use a stronger solution of aloe and spearmint. Please note, tea tree oil must be diluted or it will burn your skin.
That’s it. As you can see, scalp massage itself is not difficult. The hardest part is probably just having arms that are strong enough to massage your head for 10 to 20 minutes.
(This is why I often put a towel down on my pillow and do it laying down.)
Scalp Massage No-Nos
If there is a right way to do scalp massage then there is also a wrong way. Since your scalp is already inflamed, unhealthy, and suffering from DHT overload you do not want to do anything to make things worse.
If you use the wrong techniques or products, you can tear, scar, burn, or otherwise injure your scalp and hasten your hair loss.
To make things simple and keep your scalp healthy, I’ve made this list of scalp don’ts:
1. Don’t massage at the end of a shower, do it early. You know how your fingers get pruned and the skin is more easily damaged when you have been in the water too long?
The same thing happens to your scalp when you are in the shower too long. If your scalp is over soaked, massaging it could cause excess skin stretching and tearing which is NOT what you need.
2. Don’t use your fingernails, use your finger pads. Fingernails are tough and sharp, no matter how manicured they are.
When you scratch your skin, it causes tears- some microscopic and some much larger. These tears allow dirt and bacteria access to the deeper layers of your skin. As you may imagine, that is the last thing you need on your scalp.
If you want to scratch an itch on your back, use your finger nails but never use them on your scalp.
3. Don’t perform a massage with dirty hands, wash them thoroughly. If you really knew everything you touch during the day, you’d probably become phobic.
Dirt, germs, contaminants, and million other tiny organisms are on the surface of practically everything you come in contact with. A sick scalp does not need to have more of a burden to bear.
So, before you massage your scalp make sure you have thoroughly washed your hands with soap and warm water.
4. Don’t perform a massage using conditioner, do it when you shampoo or using a natural scalp tonic. Conditioners moisturize and soothe the hair shaft and use thick oil (from petroleum) or oil-like ingredients to complete the task.
Unfortunately, oil is something you want to keep off your scalp or you could further compact your hair follicles. As long as you remember to only use conditioner on the length of your hair you should be okay.
5. Don’t pull your hair, but light tugging is okay. This is a no brainer, you’re hair is trying to fall out and we want to keep it in place.
If you pull on your hair, even mildly, it dislodges the “root ball” from the hair follicle. Only a healthy, firmly set root can grow strong hair.
However, an extremely gentle tug can help dislodge oil and dirt built up around the entrance to the follicle. If you decide to try tugging, grab large sections of hair to reduce tension and pull in the opposite direction of your hair growth.
6. Don’t use artificial ingredients, only natural ones. Artificial ingredients are too acidic to your sensitive scalp. They are also foreign to your skin and your body does not know how to process them.
I chose the ingredients listed in The Hair Loss Black Book for a reason. They are wholesome, homeopathic herbs and extracts which counteract DHT, reduce inflammation, promote hair growth, or kill germs.
Other than herbs, minerals, and extracts from similar species, there really aren’t too many other compounds out there which will truly give your scalp the nurturing it needs to stop hair loss and grow new, stronger hair.
I know I normally endorse doing everything yourself and at home. In most cases, even when talking about scalp massage, you can get very good results at home without having to shell out the big bucks on professional products or services.
However, every once and a while there are benefits to indulging yourself with a professional scalp massage.
When it comes down to it, it is a matter of physics. It is easier for someone else to reach all over your scalp than it is for you.
It is probably very easy to reach the places where your hair is thinnest, on the top and the sides, but not as easy to reach the areas which are only just beginning to suffer like the back of your head and nape of your neck.
However, every part of your scalp needs therapy if you expect it to heal.
Not only can another person reach your entire scalp more easily, but a professional masseuse can probably keep it up longer than you can.
The fact is, the longer you can massage the skin the more toxins will be removed and the greater blood flow will be increased.
Giving yourself a regular massage for 10 to 20 minutes will has plenty of benefits and a professional massage isn’t required, but an occasional professional massage will have great benefits.
Finally, let’s face it. A 30 minute or hour long professional massage is pretty relaxing for the rest of the body as well. Personally, it is one of my favorite anti-stress therapies.
After all, stress is increasing your DHT just as much as any physical factors.
Perform your own daily massages and follow them up with the scalp masques and other remedies recommended within The Hair Loss Black Book.
When you get the chance and if you can afford it, treat yourself to a professional scalp massage.
Just remember, if you take care of your scalp it will take care of you.