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3 Benefits of a Scalp Massage

Next time you’re at the hair salon for a new cut or to change up your color, give yourself a treat of an added scalp massage. This involves your stylist applying gentle pressure and essential oils to your head, relieving tension and stimulating nerve endings. The following outlines the benefits of this self-care add-on.

Why Get a Scalp Massage?

1. Spread Natural Oils

The sebaceous glands in your scalp produce sebum: an oily, waxy substance that naturally softens and waterproofs your hair. During a scalp massage, that oil will be worked through the full length of your strands, increasing shine and moisture.

Those with curly or wavy hair might find massages particularly effective because sebum will otherwise get trapped in curl patterns, leaving ends dry and unruly.

2. Stress and Tension Relief
Scalp massages are proven to lower blood pressure and provide stress relief. By applying pressure in circular motions, your stylist will promote blood flow, while also relaxing blood vessels and neck muscles. The massage can also reduce the intensity and duration of tension headaches by easing tense muscles in your head that are prone to contraction.
3. Healthier Scalp
The essential oils used during your massage will improve scalp health. Lavender oil has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties and can help relieve psoriasis and eczema. Peppermint oil increases circulation to your scalp, which can help promote hair growth. Ask your hair salon about the ingredients in their particular blend.

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