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How to Give Yourself a Scalp Massage


Massages are great. They help you relax, relieve stress and in the case of scalp massages, are believed to help with hair growth (in some circles). Whether or not regular scalp massages make your hair grow, they just plain feel good. Learn how to give yourself a scalp massage and once you know the ropes, you can massage someone else's scalp, which they'll love.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: 5 to 20 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Loosen your hair. Your hair doesn't have to be completely loose, but remove all pins, scrunchies, headbands and accessories. You can massage your scalp while your hair is braided or twisted, so these styles don't need to be undone, but ponytails should be taken down.
  2. Divide your scalp into four to eight quadrants with a part down the center. You don't have to physically do this, but mentally section off your scalp. You'll massage one section at a time on either side.
  3. Using your fingertips only (keep your nails out of it), begin at your temples, working a small section in this area. Move your fingertips in small circular motions. Don't press too hard, but keep your pressure firm.
  4. Work back in small sections, always using your fingertips for massaging. Don't neglect the area around your ears. Remember, this is a scalp massage, so keep your fingers on your scalp, not on top of your hair (this will lessen the chance of tangles).
  5. Focus on one section at a time on either side of the head, working all the way back to the nape of the neck.
  6. Enjoy the relaxed feeling that a scalp massage gives you!


  1. This is great to do right before a shampoo and condition session as it will help to loosen any dirt.
  2. Use natural oils sparingly if desired.
  3. Avoid scalp massages for a few days before a relaxer or touch-up as it may make your scalp more sensitive and lead to irritation during the chemical process.
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