Hair growth is surprisingly slow at around an inch every few months, around 6 inches in total over the year. This growth rate, of course, varies from one person to another with various things affecting it such as nutrition, stress and illness.
Hair growth goes through a growth cycle: a period of growth is followed by a period of rest and then shedding or falling out. If you have experienced hair loss or want your hair to grow faster, there is a school of thought that suggests there may be a few remedies for encouraging and promoting hair growth.
Massaging Your Scalp: Does it Work?
There is some suggestion that massaging the scalp helps to stimulate and promote hair growth. The massaging of the hair follicles is thought to encourage blood to the base of the hair, a process that many believe could help hair to grow faster.
Nourishing your Scalp and Hair Follicles
It is not a ‘cure-all’ by any stretch of the imagination but quite often, factors such as stress, modern living, centrally heated homes and the chemicals in shampoos and some conditioners can lead to a dry, tight scalp. Just like the skin on the rest of your body, your scalp will benefit from being nourished and moisturised.
And this, in turn, encourages blood to nourish and support the hair follicle. Using a blend of essential oils such as almond, rosemary and peppermint massaged into your scalp can not only be relaxing but nourishing and warming for the scalp too.
Gently Does It
Whether you are trying to thicken your hair with lots of new growth or are encouraging your hair to grow quicker, being too vigorous in attempting to encourage a rush of blood to your scalp can be lead to damage.
Be wary of using shop-bought head massages and be gentle with other therapies such as Indian head massages too.
Does it Really Work?
By keeping your scalp nourished and moisturised, as well as regular, gentle head massages, the blood is encouraged to circulate around the scalp which can be helpful in encouraging your hair to grow through the growth cycle.
As well as massaging your scalp, some people also suggest that the inversion method – hanging your head upside down – also helps to encourage blood to the hair follicles promoting growth.
It may not be the cure for hair loss, but encouraging blood to hair follicles and scalp can be beneficial. Here at the Wimpole Clinic we’re always happy to speak to you about your specific issues. Why not ask our trichologists for more advice?