The Amazing Effects of Scalp Massages on Hair Growth & Mood

Have you ever had a scalp massage?

They feel amazing!

But not only do they feel great, they actually benefit us both internally and externally. And they are inexpensive, non-invasive, and can be done at home. What more could you ask for?

Let’s Start With Hair Growth

Scalp massages are a great way to promote hair growth as they work by increasing blood flow to the scalp, which in turn stimulates hair follicles in the head. The increased circulation of oxygenated blood also promotes healthy skin and may reduce inflammation on your scalp. Plus, they’re an easy way to relax!

Studies have shown that scalp massages can help increase hair thickness by stretching the cells of hair follicles. This can help to stimulate the follicles to produce thicker hair. It’s also thought that a scalp massage may help dilate blood vessels beneath the skin – encouraging hair growth.

One study has shown that regular scalp massages may lead to thicker hair.
In this study, 9 men received a 4-minute scalp massage each day for 24 weeks. At the end of the study, it was found that the men had thicker hair than at the start.

Scalp massages not only feel amazing but they also are a great way to help us relax.

Scalp Massages For Relaxation

Scratching the skin on the scalp may stimulate nerve endings and release serotonin, a neurotransmitter that promotes feelings of happiness. Scalp massages are also great for reducing stress. Stress can lead to hair loss, which is why it’s important to find ways of relieving that stress.

In one study conducted by the Department of Psychology at Texas A&M University-Commerce in 2010, researchers found that four weeks after a single scalp massage session there was an improvement in both mood and stress levels. This is because stroking the skin on the scalp can stimulate nerve endings and release serotonin, a neurotransmitter that promotes feelings of happiness.

Here’s another interesting fact – this same study found that participants who received a single session of scalp massage reported lower levels of tension in their neck muscles when compared to those in the control group.

Now you know why people say they feel so relaxed after a scalp massage!

The next time you need to reduce stress, consider getting a relaxing scalp massage at home or in a salon. If you start feeling better and experiencing less stress – that’s just an added bonus!

Some Ways To Massage The Scalp

There are a few ways you can give yourself a scalp massage at home – or even have your partner or a friend do it for you!
Now, there is also the option of seeing a massage therapist as well – but of course, the cost can vary depending on the massage and what their rates may be. If you are seeking an inexpensive way, doing it at home is a great option!

Traditional Scalp Massage


To give yourself your own scalp massage – the most traditional way is using your fingertips only, with dry hair in any setting. While relaxing on the couch, waiting for sleep, etc. 

  • Use the fingertips of both your hands to apply light to medium pressure to your scalp, moving in small circles.
  • Work your way across your scalp to cover all areas.
  • Try to massage your scalp using your fingertips for at least 5 minutes at a time, several times a day.

Hair Wash Scalp Massage

This is a great option if you are pressed for time or looking for a relaxing way to start the day. You can use the same method above. Using your fingertips, gently massage your shampoo or conditioner into your hair for 5 minutes.

Then rinse your hair as usual.

Try it with our DIY hair growth conditioner recipe for added benefits!

Brushes and Massage Tools

Just like body massaging tools, there are also special tools you can buy for a scalp massage.

Although some dermatologists recommend using a scalp massager, others believe that a fingertip massage is just as effective. Of course, it’s up to you to decide which method works best for you.

Scalp massaging tools can be brushes or light handheld rubber massagers. You can work these all over your scalp in the same way that you’d use your fingers.

You can also use essential oils with your scalp massage. Some studies have shown that both lavender and peppermint essential oils may help promote hair growth.

Scalp Massage with Essential Oils or While Applying a Hair Scrub

If you are giving yourself a nice pamper session at home and doing a hair mask or scrub, doing a scalp massage while doing the hair mask is like a dynamic duo for your scalp!

Check out our Hair Growth Scrub and give yourself a scalp massage at the same time you do the scrub! 

Scalp massages are a great way to end or begin the day! It can be a great way to reduce the stress of the day while promoting hair growth – or start the day off feeling relaxed! 

Resources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4740347/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4843973/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4289931/

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