How Scalp Massage Can Restore Your Hairline

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A thinning, weak hairline is often the result of any of the following:

  • Chemical damage
  • Tight styling, including ponytails, buns and heavy extensions
  • Post-partum shedding
  • Aging
  • Medication
  • Stress/other medical conditions

Causes such as medication aren't easy to fix since thinning hair may be a side effect of a very important prescription that you need to continue taking. Aging is something we have no control over, so sparse hair may be something we have to learn to live with, especially if it tends to run in the family.

Stress is sometimes within our control, but we all know that it can be tough to deal with. Job stress is one thing; family stress is quite another. You can quit a job, but you can't quit your family. And living with medical conditions such as lupus or anemia are enough to handle on their own. Post-partum shedding is usually temporary, and while it can be distressing to live with it while it's happening, please be assured there's an end to it.

Which brings us to two things that are within our control when it comes to protecting our edges: chemicals and hairstyling. If you want to restore your hairline with scalp massage, you can reap the benefits more quickly if you lay off on the chemicals and tight styles first. This includes relaxing too frequently and/or using a formulation that's too harsh for your texture. Another culprit many of us don't think about is using hard-bristle brushes along with heavy gel to tame every single "baby hair" you have or to smooth your hairline into total submission when wearing styles off your face.

Using Scalp Massage to Restore Thin Edges

Massage on any part of the body stimulates blood circulation in that area, and this includes the scalp. Scalp massage doesn't take up a lot of time and you don't need anything besides your hands (or someone else's) to do the job. However, many people like using a product or two, especially ones that they feel contribute to hair growth.

If you use anything on your scalp during a massage, try one of these carrier oils:

  • Castor
  • Olive
  • Coconut
  • Jojoba
  • Almond
  • Grapeseed

You can add a few drops of any of the following essential oils (EOs), as long as you've cleared their use based on your current health (not recommended for pregnant women at all) and medical history. Important disclaimer: It's vital to do your own homework in terms of essential oils if you have any health concerns at all. Even if you're in great health, it's worth the research to make sure no EO will negatively impact your body.

The following EOs help stimulate the scalp and/or clear the scalp to promote growth:

  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Tea tree

You can also use a commercial product like Jamaican Black Castor Oil (JBCO), which has been widely touted to promote hair growth due to the ash content in the oil (the ash in black castor oil is what makes it different from regular castor oil).

How to Massage

Place a small amount of oil (if you're using it) between your palms and rub all over your hands. Using the pads of your fingers only (no fingernails), gently apply pressure in a circular motion section by section along your hairline. The complete process should only take 5-10 minutes.

Practice this at least a few times per week. Making it a nightly ritual that you look forward to will help you remember to do it; plus, it's a relaxing activity that could help you have a more restful sleep.

It will take some time before you notice growth, but as long as you're avoiding any poor hair care that contributed to the thinning, you should notice results within a couple of months. Taking "before and after" pictures help to show that the growth process is happening, which can be encouraging on those days when you have some doubts.

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  • The Inversion Method for Hair Growth
  • How Often to Clean Your Combs & Brushes
  • 5 Healthy Hair Habits