Ever been to a salon for hair treatment or for a new style or even for a cut and your stylist gives you a good scalp massage? Don’t that make you want to sleep. You feel all your energy seeping away and you feel relaxed.A good scalp massage is so beneficial to our well being as well as to our hair.
Benefits of massaging your scalp
1. It Relaxes
Scalp massage is a good way to ease out tension. When you are stressed or had an hectic day it is an easy way to get your mood back on track. Or even when you have headaches a good scalp massage can make you feel better. A feeling of calmness and relaxation is what I get from a good scalp massage.Also it usually helps when I am finding it hard to phrase topic, you know when you are trying to write something and you are stuck, after a good massage I start to recollect. You can try it too, it helps.
2. For Hair Growth
Scalp massage is one of the great ways to help the hair grow as fast as possible. It stimulates hair growth. When you massage your scalp it increases blood circulation and this in turn channels more nutrients to the hair roots.
3. It Thickens Hair
Daily scalp massage is one way I have been able to thicken my hair. Massaging dilates the scalp and increase blood flow to the hair follicles. This improves the texture of hair, making it thicker and stronger over time.
4. Lubricates The Scalp
A dry scalp can result in itchiness, flakes and hair breakage. These are examples of what we don’t want our hair associated with.The skin produces natural oil know as sebum. Sebum on the scalp is an example of a healthy and well nourished scalp. Massaging the scalp ensures that the scalp is rich with sebum and also that the scalp is not dry because dryness can lead to low levels of sebum which in turn lead to an oily scalp. This is because your scalp will try to overcompensate and produce more oil than you need.You can choose to do your scalp massages with oils, which will of course lubricate the scalp. But even if you choose to just massage your scalp without oils, it will still speed up the production of Sebum.Scalp massage is a great way to regulate the production of sebum and keep the levels on your scalp at a healthy and beneficial level.
5. Helps In Moisture circulation
A good scalp massage is a good way to ensure every strand of your hair sucks in moisture. A hair that is rich in moisture will grow healthy, vibrant, bouncy and long. I have also noticed thickness when I massage my wet hair. And when you massage you also reduce product build up if your hair and scalp have any.
How To Massage Your Scalp
The best way, I will say is to get the help of someone so you can doze off because that’s what a good scalp massage puts you in the mood for, sleep! However you can also do it yourself, you either do it with your hands or use a scalp massager.
- While Shampooing: I wash my hair with a sulphate free shampoo. After I put in the shampoo and lather my hair then I massage my scalp for 5minutes before I rinse off the shampoo.
- While Conditioning: When I did not massage while shampooing I massage when conditioning my hair for 5minutes. I either use my hands or with a scalp massager.
- With oil: You can use your favorite oil as well to massage your scalp. I love to use olive oil, it’s light and has moisturizing benefits.
- Without products: Yes you can massage your scalp with just your hands. You don’t need to use a product before you massage. Sitting on the couch watching your favorite tv programme is a good time to start massaging or anytime you desire since the only tool you need are your hands.
Have you been massaging your scalp? How does it make you feel? If you don’t massage, do you intend to start massaging your scalp?
Let me know in the comment section I will love to read from you.
When summer heat wave strikes we find that most times our hair is sapped of moisture because the temperature is high and this can make our hair and scalp dry leading to hair breakage and split ends.
How to lock in moisture into your hair in summer heat
There are several measures to take to help keep your hair feel alive and bouncy even with the heat intensity, they are;
- Deep condition your hair once a week: Deep conditioning is a good way to infuse moisture into your hair. You want to use products that promote moisture and keep dryness away. For example honey is a natural humectant, which means that it can draw moisture to your hair and keep it there. Aloe Vera is another good humectant. Do a blend of Honey, Aloe Vera, Avocado, Apple cider vinegar, and Olive oil. Apply the mix section by section to each strand of your hair. Wear a shower cap and leave for 4hrs. Rinse with a conditioner.
- Use a daily spritz. (In a spray bottle, put 70%water, 20%leave-in-conditioner and 10%water, shake the mixture well before spraying): Have it in a carry-on Size so that you can have it handy. During summer with the intensity of the heat you will need a refresher to keep your hair constantly soft and well hydrated.
- Ensure all the products you use are water based: Like how water is the cure for dehydration that is the same way it revives a dry hair. Water is the best moisturizer. Look out for product that have water at the top of their list because then you know goal to kick out dryness is achieved. You can also apply water directly to your hair and then seal with an oil.
- Refrain from sulfate shampoo: Or if you can help it from shampoo altogether. You can use a conditioner instead. All you have to do is scrub your scalp properly after you apply the conditioner.
- Use lighter products: For example You can switch from gels to styling creams, which tend to be a more moisturizing formula for styles. The lighter hair stylers may not give you hold that will last for a week, but their water-based formulas will be more moisturizing.
- Heat appliances: Limit the use of all heat appliances or avoid it totally because you don’t want to induce dryness rather you want to infuse moisture. When you do use the hair dryer, make sure you use a warm, not hot, setting.
- Use a swimming cap in the pool: This will help keep your hair safe from the chlorinated water.
- Use a hat to protect your hair from the sun: This will help secure moisture into your hair and prevent the UV rays from drying your strands.
How do you protect your hair during summer heat? Are you familiar with any of my methods? Let me know in the comment, i will love to read from you.
Aloe Vera for Your Hair: What Are the Benefits?
Aloe Vera is a plant of the genus Aloe. It is succulent and has thick, fleshy green leaves with a gel-like substance in between its leaves. They grow wild in tropical climates all over the world, and is cultivated for both agricultural and medicinal purposes. It can be successfully grown indoor.
Aloe Vera for medicinal purposes
One of the beauties of aloe Vera is that when it’s gel is applied on a skin rash or burn or wound it soothes it and eventually heals the skin because of its anti-inflammatory properties. I also apply it to my face when it is dry or when I have acne – it is hydrating, it removes impurities, it clears out the dry patches and blemishes, and overall it makes my skin glow. Aloe Vera has been used for centuries for its healing properties.Asides for the skin, aloe Vera also can be used in restoring damaged hair, strengthening hair shaft, hydrating the scalp, infusing moisture to the hair and encourages growth.The best form of aloe vera to use on your hair is the raw gel of the plant. Nevertheless you can also use also use the ones sold in pharmacies or health food shops that come in bottles or tubes.
Benefits of Aloe Vera on the hair
- Helps removes dandruff and eases scalp itching. By nature, Aloe Vera is naturally anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antibacterial. By helping moisturize the scalp, it effectively helps prevent or reduce overall dandruff.
- It acts as a great conditioner and leaves your hair smooth and shiny.
- Prevents breakage and promotes hair growth. When your scalp has been cleansed and your hair has been conditioned with aloe vera, you might see that hair breakage and loss slows down.
- Strengthens and repairs hair strands. Aloe Vera contains vitamins that contributes in promoting healthy cell growth and shiny hair and prevents hair breakage.
Using Aloe Vera on the hair
There are so many ways to incorporate aloe vera into your hair regime:–
Aloe Vera as a deep conditioner: In a blender, put 6 spoons of your favorite deep conditioner (mine ishttps://edenbodyworks.com/products/jojoba-deep-conditioner), a stick of aloe gel (scrape the gel from the plant), castor oil and a little water, then blend. Apply the mixture section by section to your hair. Wear a shower cap and allow mixture to sit in your hair for 3hrs. Rinse with water.Aloe Vera as a pre-poo treatment: Blend aloe gel, olive oil and 6-8 spoons of your favorite pre-poo product ( mine ishttps://themanechoice.com/products/heavenly-halo-herbal-hair-tonic-soy-milk-deep-hydration-pre-poo).
You can also add the aloe gel to your leave in conditioner and apply to your hair every 2days.
Rubbing Aloe Vera into your scalp and hair and letting it penetrate your hair follicles could condition and improve damaged, dry hair.
NB: Even though aloe Vera is a natural plant you could be allergic, therefore do a patch test on a little portion of your skin and scalp to ensure you are not especially if you will be using it as a leave conditioner. Leave it on for 2hrs to be sure you are risk free.