Scalp massagers are an amazing tool that is both affordable and has a number of benefits, for hair growth and beyond. These small tools are normally pretty inexpensive but they can pack a punch by being a part of your self-care, shampoo, and hair growth routine.
Whether you’re interested in their ability to simulate hair growth or simply give you a nice head massage after a long day, these tips will help you make the most of your scalp massager.
Do Scalp Massagers Work for Hair Growth?
Scalp massagers are often said to be helpful for hair growth, and while they don’t directly contribute to the growth of new hair, they play a big role in blood circulation which can improve the health of your hair follicles and lead to better hair growth. Increased blood circulation in your scalp makes it easier for your follicles to get the nutrients and oxygen they need, making them healthier and better able to support hair growth.
But the benefits for scalp massage on hair growth don’t just end there. Scalp massagers also give your scalp gentle exfoliation. Exfoliating your scalp of dead skin cells and oil or product buildup can also create a healthier scalp environment and lead to healthier hair follicles.
The third way that a scalp massager can help with hair growth is through increased product absorption. Hair growth oils and serums penetrate the scalp better when massaged in with a scalp massager, leading to better results.
Scalp massagers help serums and tonics absorb better into your scalp
Hair growth is ultimately something that can be achieved with the right routine, and a scalp massager can be a helpful tool to help make those efforts more effective. If you are still having trouble with hair loss or lack of hair regrowth, it’s good to see a dermatologist to see if there are other issues at play.
How Often To Use a Scalp Massager
You can use a scalp massager as frequently as every day, but it’s a good idea to pay attention to how your scalp is feeling so you don’t irritate your scalp. If you do notice any sensitivity fro using the scalp massager so much, peel back your usage. I like to use a scalp massager with my shampoo to remove buildup regularly and when I use any serums to increase their absorption and effectiveness.
How Long To Massage Your Scalp
5-10 minutes is considered a good amount of time to massage your scalp during a session, but it’s important to not overstimulate your scalp and lead to sensitivity or irritation. If you find that 5-10 minutes is too long for your (either because it causes discomfort or you simply don’t want to spend that much time doing it), opt to do it for less time but at a greater frequency. Every day or every other day for a couple minutes is better than 5 or 10 minutes every 2 weeks.
Disadvantages of Scalp Massage
Using a scalp massager is generally pretty risk-free as it is a gentle tool meant to give your scalp mild stimulation. However, over-use or use on a sensitive scalp can lead to irritation or discomfort. Make sure your scalp massager has soft bristles that don’t rub too hard against your scalp. And if you have any open sores or scalp infections, it’s a good idea to pause use of your scalp massager until those conditions are gone.
Scalp massagers generally don’t cause damage to hair, but there is a risk of tangled hair or breakage when used too vigorously without taking care not to pull or tug on the hair. Be gentle with the scalp massager to avoid causing any tangling of your hair.
How To Use a Scalp Massager (Without Tangling Your Hair!)
Scalp massagers can be used on wet or dry hair, but wet hair is a little easier to manipulate. It’s also my favorite way to use a scalp massager because I can use it while shampooing to fully cover my scalp with shampoo to give my scalp a deep clean. Here are some quick guidelines for getting the most out of your scalp massager without tangling your hair:
1. Use a soft-bristled scalp massager
Some scalp massagers have hard bristles that can be harsh o your scalp. Choose one with soft bristles that will cause only gentle exfoliation and massage.
2. Apply products to your scalp (optional)
Using a scalp massager with your shampoo can help remove more buildup. Using it with a scalp serum can lead to greater absorption. However, you can also use your scalp massager alone for a nice massage or to stimulate blood flow of the scalp.
3. Part your hair
It’s important to make sure the scalp massager is rubbing along the scalp instead of the hair. This will help maximize the scalp massager’s effectiveness and minimize any tangling of your hair.
4. Move the scalp massager in gentle, circular motions
Move the scalp massager in small circular motions, focusing on one area at a time. Hold it against your scalp with gentle pressure. Rubbing harder will not lead to better results and may lead to irritation.
5. Lift the massager to move around your head
Lift the massager to move it to other parts of your head instead of dragging it through your hair. Move slowly to avoid tangling your hair and part your hair before setting it downs that the scalp massager can work on exposed areas of your scalp.
6. Work until you’ve covered your head
Massage your whole scalp for the most benefits for hair growth, relaxation and deep cleansing.
How To Use a Scalp Massager Conclusion
Scalp massagers are an amazing tool to add to your self-care routine because of the many benefits they hold. They are an affordable way to improve your scalp health and create a good environment for hair growth without too much effort. Plus they offer a nice way to improve you shower experience by indulging in some relaxing massage.