Scalp Massage Oils

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This post goes into some detail on oils that help reinvigorate the scalp. A pliable, stimulated, and invigorated scalp is a truly healthy scalp, and regular scalp massages are great for increasing the flow of blood and nutrients to this region. However, a scalp massage is not truly a scalp massage without the help of essential oils. This article will offer information on these essential oils and explain the benefits of using essential oils for your scalp massages.

What Are They?
Essential oils are lightweight, volatile oils with high capabilities for scalp and skin penetration These special oils stand apart from their heavier oil counterparts because of their small molecular sizes and structures. Many essential oils have wonderful scalp stimulating properties that together with your own manual scalp stimulation, enhance the results of your regular scalp massages. Examples of common essential oils include: peppermint oil, rosemary oil, and thyme.  Massaging the scalp and hair with warm oil, preferably infused with hair-friendly herbs, is the best way to nourish the scalp and hair topically. Not only does the massage work wonders for your hair, but it also relaxes the mind and nervous system.

Essential oils have been used for centuries to cure illnesses and heal common ailments. They are not only good for massage, but work well added to regular products in your healthy hair care regimen. A few drops of an essential oil can spice up a drab shampoo or a boring moisturizer. Essential oils work by stimulating your sense of smell as well as your sense of touch and feeling. Essential oils produce a gentle warming sensation on the scalp that increases circulation to that area. This increased circulation nourishes the hair follicles in the region by encouraging the flow of nutrients from the blood. Because essential oils evaporate easily and penetrate the scalp skin unlike other oils that are made of larger, non-penetrating molecules, essential oils do not work very well for sealing in moisturizers.

Whatever oil you choose for your scalp message, each can be customized by hair and body type. There are three basic types of hair when considering which oils are best for you: a) Thin, dry and frizzy and prone to split-ends, b) Very fine hair prone to premature thinning or graying, and c) thick and oily hair.

The Benefits

A warm oil massage, done at least once a week (if you have more dry hair, you would want to try to do it two to three times a week), has the following benefits:

Choosing a Massage Oil

If you have dry frizzy hair, choose almond oil or sesame oil as the base oil. Both of these oils are very nourishing for the scalp and hair and help reduce stiffness and tightness in the scalp.

For very fine hair, messages with coconut oil is the ideal choice.

If you are thick oily hair, sesame or olive oil are good choices. Olive oil has purifying properties that help keep pores open.

While massaging with a appropriate base oil can be helpful, oils designed for hair and scalp massage typically include one or more hair-friendly herbs to augment the benefit of the massage. Traditionally, these herbs are slow-cooked with the oil, and the oil is then strained and ready for use.