A scalp massage is one of the best parts of getting your hair washed by a professional—but you don't have to wait for your next salon visit to enjoy one! An at-home in-shower scalp massage can help stimulate hair growth, remove product build-up, and relieve stress and tension in your head and neck. Below, we go over how to give yourself a scalp massage in the shower. After all, healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp. Let’s get started:
Step 1: Lather Up
Think of your shampoo as being like the lotion for a scalp massage. The suds will help your fingertips move smoothly through your hair without too much friction. Make sure hair is very wet, and that you’re using enough product to create a generous lather.
Step 2: Choose your tool or product
A fingertip massage with your regular shampoo is the most popular (and cheapest option), but when your scalp is in need of little something extra, invest in a scalp massager or scalp scrub.
Our Perfect Shine Clarifying Scalp Scrub is made with gentle exfoliating sugar crystals to clear product build-up, probiotic sake water to balance your skin’s pH, and ultra-hydrating Hyaluronic Acid for shine. It foams easily and is the perfect way to detox your hair after a long week. We’re also obsessed with this scalp massager, which has over 60,000 five-star reviews on Amazon and is less than $10.
Step 3: Get into it
Using your fingertips or scalp massager, apply medium pressure in circular motions starting at your hairline and working your way in toward the top of your head. Repeat for three-five minutes before rinsing. You can give yourself a scalp massage every time you shower, but once or twice a week is all you need—especially if you’re using a scalp scrub.
Step 4: Brush happy
Once you rinse and dry your hair, you can easily take care of your scalp with gentle exfoliation between washes. How? Your hairbrush! Brushing your hair (and scalp) increases circulation and reduces oil buildup. Choose a brush with rounded tip or soft bristles and use gentle pressure.