Makeover Monday Redux: Heads, We Win!

Just like the Hollywood set when they take a vacation, I’m airing a re-run this week. I was prompted to do it when my stylist suggested I increase my scalp massage to improve the blood flow to my scalp and improve the hair regrowth necessary after my bout of alopecia. I remembered posting about scalp massage before and figured there’s no time like the present to share the info again.

From June 8, 2008: Heads, We Win!

A few weeks ago, our Monday Makeover focused on feet. This week we’ll move all the way up to the tippy tops of our heads and pay a little special attention to our scalps.

I don’t know about you folks, but my scalp hasn’t seen so much sunshine and sweat in years and years. Working up said sweat six days a week means that I’m shampooing and conditioning more than ever. Plus, having lost a significant amount of weight, my hair has “thinned” (my stylist’s term), which is not unexpected and not irreversible. Between the exercise and the weight loss, my scalp must be very confused. It deserves a good pampering.

Massage is a good place to start with the scalp TLC. It stimulates blood flow which will help feed the hair follicles. This will help to prevent and fight thinning such as I’ve experienced and reestablish the natural development of healthy hair. Not to mention that it’s very calming and relaxing.

Scalp massage is easy AND you can do it yourself, even while shampooing if you wish:

1. Starting on your forehead, move the pads of your fingers in a
circular motion all along the arteries in the front, side, and back of the head.
2. Take a moment to continue those circular movements along the tendons on
the back of the neck. Ahhhhh.
3. Work your circles back up toward the top of the head.
4. Continue the pattern for about five minutes.

To be most effective, scalp massage should be done twice daily, morning and evening. (Oh goodie, a new habit to build!)

More kindnesses for your scalp:
Avoid using blow dryers too close to your scalp and hair. Too much heat isn’t good for either one.

Avoid getting hair products (conditioners, styling gels and sprays) directly on the scalp as this can clog your hair follicles.

As with your skin, avoid over-exposing your hair and scalp to the wind and sun.

After swimming, shampoo your hair as soon as possible to remove any chlorine residue. Chlorine is extremely damaging to the hair and scalp.

Avoid tight hats and caps as they contribute to poor circulation, depriving the hair of proper nutrition.

Speaking of nutrition, avoid “crash and fad” diets. (As if I needed to tell you all that.) Proper nutrition is a key factor for healthy hair and skin.


And that’s that! Not a lot of work but a pretty nice payoff. Your scalp and your hair will thank you for it.

I hope you all have a healthy, happy week!