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Give yourself a scalp massage to get rid of stress
If you’re feeling tired and run down at the moment, and the stress is showing in your lank, flyaway hair, try an Indian head massage with plenty of herbal oils to restore your shine - and your sense of wellbeing.
Head massage has its roots in ayurvedic medicine and has been practised in India for more than 5,000 years. It can help ward off stress and "stimulate the body to heal itself", according to president of the Institute of Indian Head Massage Amarjeet Bhamra.
The act of rubbing scented oils into the hair is also a family bonding exercise, as mothers in India routinely rub their children’s scalps with sesame oil, rosemary oil and other types of oil.
While many beauty salons in the UK offer Indian head massage, you can get the same results by practising on yourself at home. Take a little hair oil of your choice, such as almond oil for hair strength, coconut oil for hydration or sesame oil for shine, and warm it between your hands first.
Next, use your fingertips to spread the oil onto your scalp and through your tresses using small, slow, circular motions. Apply firm pressure and start at the hairline just behind your ears, keeping the rotations steady. Make sure you don’t pull or drag at your hair as you go, and move all over your head, paying particular attention to the nape of your neck and temples.
Alternate between firm and soft pressure with your fingertips for an energising boost and, if you are suffering with a stiff upper back, continue the circular motions all the way down the back of your neck and move on to the shoulders.
Just a few minutes of scalp massage a day will have you letting go of that stress - and could even promote faster and healthier hair growth.
Posted by Matilda Jones
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Thank you Emiliano for your comment. In this blog we are referring more to oils, more so than butters and while we agree with you Shea is an excellent emollient for hair, it's consistency is more buttery and it is used more as a leave-in remedy to smooth hair texture. We have suggested Coconut oil as it helps slow down hair loss by penetrating deep into your hair shaft to prevent protein loss, which in turn prevents breakage. When applied to your scalp, it simultaneously moisturises and removes build-up around your hair follicles to encourage hair growth and is one of base oils always used in Ayurveda for hair treatments. As this post is more focused for hair and not for skin, the comedogenic scale applies to skin/pores and not hair follicles. Thank you again for your feedback.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Hello Zu, yes hair loss can be very stressful and this in turn amplifies the cause almost.. Perhaps with Covid, your system may have been depleted of nutrients and fighting the virus can take its toll on your immune system, so sometimes our hair and skin suffer when we have been ill. We really believe in oils for scalp massage as the best way to revive the growth and help regenerate the follicles. It may be also worth at looking at internal supplements and making sure you are getting enough of omega oils, perhaps plant based such as nuts and seeds in your diet. For external oil treatment, would recommend the Really Good Hair oil which we create with Brahmi, this herb is known to help bring the scalp back to health and improve growth. Biotin is also a good vitamin to take as a supplement to help with hair growth so do look into that. So hope these tips will be helpful for you.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?I, am very surprised that your article did not include Organic Shea Butter and that coconut oil, is your number one choice for hair growth and thickness. According to the comedogenic scale, coconut oil, has a rating of (4), on a scale from (0), to (5), on clogging your pores. Why would anyone put coconut oil, on their hair or skin knowing the pores will get clogged up. Shea Butter, on the other hand has a (0), rating on the comedogenic scale, which is great for dry hair and skin and won't clog up your pores.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Thank you for your very informative article. I suffered COVID in December, 2020, and in February I started experience extreme hair loss and all my hair jus falls like a person who is under going Chemo therapy. It's very depressing. Had to cut off all my hair and even the little that is left is falling off daily not sure what to do. Please suggest something.
- Carrot Oil for Face Hello :) You can use carrot oil only in small drops on your skin in the morning/during the day since it is highly potent. Carrot oil is rich in vitamins and is a very effective moisturiser. You can also mix a few drops of Carrot Oil with your favorite face cream. You can do that at least twice a week or include it in your daily skincare routine. Hope this helps.
- Carrot Oil for Face Can I use the carrot oil in the day time? Because I am using Vitamin c serum in the night. Please advise. Thanks