Oils and a Massage: Pamper your Scalp
Like most women on the pursuit to a lustrous head of curls, I want products and methods that will maintain health while creating enviable length. That’s why I’m a devout promoter of scalp massages with the use of an aromatic, scalp stimulating oil blend. Much like coffee and hot baths, a good scalp massage is one of my pleasurable addictions. Not only does it feel good, it stimulates the scalp and follicles which promotes hair growth. I indulge in a massage twice every week, just to let my scalp know that I’m thinking about it. Remember, a clean scalp is a happy scalp that produces the most growth.
My twice-weekly scalp massages are nothing without the aid of a good oil blend. If you’re going to prepare your own mix, do like me: find the oils that cater to your scalp, not the oils you favor for your strands. Essentially, choose lightweight conditioning oils that also aid in hair growth. Don’t go off and use Jamaican black Castor oil as a carrier oil, because this will cause unwanted build-up.
My blend consists of: Clary sage (5 drops), basil (5 drops), peppermint (10 drops), grape-seed (20 ml) and jojoba (3 ml). Here’s why:
- Clary sage is an essential oil that clarifies the scalp. It is one of the best in cleansing impurities away.
- Basil is another essential oil that stimulates and promotes hair growth by improving scalp circulation.
- Peppermint is one of the best and most popular essentials oils for hair growth. It has a refreshing tingle that stimulates the blood flow to the hair, nourishing the roots to create proper hair growth.
- Grape-seed is a carrier oil known for its moisturizing and conditioning properties. It is a common hair loss remedy. It aids in the relief of dandruff and is absorbed into the scalp.
- Jojoba is a carrier oil that moisturizes the scalp, clarifies, conditions, unclogs pores and creates new hair cells. What doesn’t jojoba oil do? For one, it’s absorbed by the scalp so it doesn’t cause build-up. Jojoba is found in many conditioners and it’s a must in my oil blend.
When you do choose your hair oils, just remember to do a skin test to see if they agree with you.
My scalp massage routine is fairly simple. First, I warm my blend by placing the bottle in hot water for one minute, shaking the ingredients together afterward. When it’s cool enough to put on my skin, I spray the mix into my scalp and then slowly massage it in. Just like that. To prevent unbearable tangles, I section off four pieces of hair and massage each section for a few minutes. Generally, a good massage lasts 10-20 minutes, so keep that in mind if you’re massaging individual sections. When I’m feeling kind of lazy, I’ll use my Studio 35 scalp massager, which you can pick up at Walgreen’s, 2 for $1. It works well and it’s good when you want to give your fingers a break.
So go ahead and light a few candles, dim the lighting and play calm music in the background if you’re inspired. This doesn’t have to be another chore on your way to long, healthy hair. Scalp massages are good for you and, heck, it feels good too. Enjoy them. Tonight, let your scalp know how much you care: massage it.
Tip for extra growth: Often, I look for a topical growth aid in my oil blends. While massaging oils into the scalp is one way to stimulate growth, I sometimes go the extra mile by putting a shower cap over my head and then tightly wrapping a scarf over the shower cap. I like to leave it in overnight to create and hold steam, as steam is known to strengthen hair and promote hair growth at the root by opening clogged pores.