The skin of the scalp comprises primarily of the inner dermis and the outer epidermis. The hair that grows out of this part can be divided into two parts, the root and shaft. The root part is in the skin (epidermis) of scalp. The root is surrounded by a pouch like structure called follicle. The base of root is in the shape of a bulb. This bulb is indented by capillaries and nerve fibers. The cells in the center of bulb divide. The newly divided hair cells push the previous cells up. The cells which move upwards die slowly forming hard hair shaft.
Scalp has to be massaged regularly with herbal oils to keep the skin and hair follicles healthy. The following steps have to be followed while massaging it.
1.Select the herbal oil which is suitable for your scalp skin type.
2.Usually KB-special oil is recommended for all scalp skin types, as it is made of sesame and hair friendly herbs. Sesame oil when processed with herbs alleviates all three doshas.
3.The Keshbeam hair oil is recommended for persons who have normal and dry type of scalp skin.
4.The hair oil has to be warmed before applying it on scalp. Boil water in a big vessel. Pour massage oil to a small stainless steel bowl. Keep this bowl in hot water till it becomes warm. Never heat this directly on stove. Direct heating strips away the essential nutrients in the oil.
5.Apply this warm herbal oil on scalp with the help of cotton balls. Dip the cotton ball in oil , part the hair carefully and apply it by smearing the ball along the hairline . repeat the process till entire scalp is covered.
6.Now massage the scalp with finger tips exerting moderate pressure. The finger tips should be moved in circular motion.
Benefits of head massage
1.Head massage increases blood supply to scalp skin and increases supply of nutrients to follicles.
2.According to texts of ayurveda, massaging head with herbal oil normalizes vata and reduces hair loss, drying of hair and increases hair growth. The herbs in oil boost the scalp skin health. Head massage with herbal oil, prevents drying of scalp and dandruff formation. Ayurveda acharyas recommend applying oil to scalp to balance all three doshas in head and neck region.
3.Head massage reduces stress. Correspondingly, reduction of stress lowers the level of cortisol (stress hormone). Low cortisol level in blood promotes hair growth.
4.Head massage also help in release of “feel good” hormones known as endorphins which help to elevate one's mood.
5.Last but not least the head massage helps one get a good night's sleep.