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How to Effectively Massage Your Scalp



Source: Nairaland 

Properly caring for your hair goes beyond simply using the right products. It also involves mastering the correct techniques. Scalp massage is a technique that is often overlooked but can truly make a world of difference. A recent study revealed that 68.9% of its 340 participants with androgenetic alopecia saw a stabilisation of hair loss after massaging their scalps daily for 7 months. So not only does it feel amazing, but massaging your scalp helps stimulate hair growth.  

Before we dive into the how-to, here are some quick facts about the benefits of frequent scalp massages:  


  • Stimulate Blood Flow: Increased blood circulation to the scalp ensures that hair follicles receive more nutrients and oxygen, promoting healthier and stronger hair growth. 


  • Reduce Stress: A relaxing scalp massage can alleviate stress and tension, which are often culprits behind hair loss and poor scalp health. 


  • Distribute Natural Oils: Massaging helps to evenly distribute the scalp's natural oils, which can improve the overall health and shine of your hair. 


  • Exfoliate the Scalp: Gentle massaging can help remove dead skin cells and product buildup, keeping your scalp clean and healthy. 



With all of these benefits, the real question is, why are you not massaging your scalp? Here is a step-by-step guide to get you started: 



Source: Wimpole Clinic 


1. Choose the Right Oil 

For an effective scalp massage, it’s best to use a nourishing oil. MPL Black Castor Oil, MPL Pure Coconut Oil, or MPL Vitamin E Hair Oil are all excellent choices. These oils not only provide slip for the massage but also offer additional benefits such as hydration, strengthening, and repair. 


2. Prepare Your Hair and Scalp 

Start with clean, dry hair. Part your hair into sections to ensure that the oil reaches your scalp. Warm the oil slightly for a soothing experience, but make sure it's not too hot. 


3. Apply the Oil 

Using your fingertips, apply the oil directly to your scalp. Focus on small sections at a time to ensure even distribution. Be generous with the oil, but avoid over-saturating your hair. 


4. Start Massaging 

Begin by using the pads of your fingers to gently massage your scalp in small, circular motions. Avoid using your nails to prevent scratching or irritating your scalp. 

  • Start at the Front: Begin at your hairline and work your way back. Use gentle pressure and focus on small areas at a time. 

  • Move to the Sides: Massage the sides of your scalp, continuing with the circular motions. Don’t forget the area around your temples, which can hold a lot of tension. 

  • Finish at the Back: Finally, work on the back of your scalp, moving from the nape of your neck upwards. Ensure you cover your entire scalp for a comprehensive massage. 

5. Duration 

Aim for a 5-10 minute massage session. This duration is sufficient to stimulate blood flow and distribute the oil without causing any irritation. 


6. Post-Massage Care 

After your massage, you can leave the oil in as a treatment for a few hours or even overnight for maximum benefits. When you're ready, rinse your hair thoroughly and follow up with your regular washing and conditioning routine. 

Scalp massages are a simple yet powerful addition to your hair care routine. By stimulating blood flow, reducing stress, and distributing natural oils, you’re setting the stage for healthier, stronger hair. So go ahead, treat yourself to a relaxing scalp massage, and let your hair reap the benefits. 


Love MPL,  

Your Hair Doctor 

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