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Does Head Massage Cause Hair Loss?

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The answer is both ‘Yes’ and ‘No’

But before we delve further, lets look at the hair growth cycle.

Growing Phase (2 to 7 years) → Resting Phase (6 months) → Hair Falls Out → A New Hair Grows In Its Place

Scalp hair grows for about 2 to 7 years, then it goes into resting phase and falls out, and is replaced by a new hair. At any given time about 80 to 90% of our hair are in a growing phase and the remaining 10 to 20% are in the resting phase, waiting to fall out. Therefore, it’s normal to lose about 100 strands every day as part of hair growth cycle.

Does Head Massage Cause Hair Loss? 

I have received few emails, mostly from women, saying that head massage is causing more hair to fall out. They were very distressed about this and unsure whether to continue with head massage or not.

Has anybody else experienced this?

Well, I have. I was indecisive whether to continue the biweekly head massage and I am glad I did. In retrospection this was a wise decision that yielded visible benefits in a few months.

As I mentioned above at any given time 10% of your hair are in resting phase. These hair are just hanging there, and any slightest pressure will cause them to fall out. When you head massage you exert some pressure on these hair, and the result will be excess hair fall.

The Real Culprit

Under normal circumstances, the hair that falls out will be replaced by a new hair. But if you have any nutritional deficiency, illness, stress, or use harsh chemicals on your head, there will be a time lag of few months before the new hair grows. Also, these factors can cause more than 10% of hair to go into resting phase. And the result – excess hair loss with no sign of new growth.

And if you head massage you will obviously notice lot of hair falling out. But these hair are dead. And they are not worth saving. They will fall out eventual. What you need to do is treat the root cause and healthy new hair will grow back.

In fact head and neck massage can play a significant role in restoring your hair loss. Massaging increases scalp circulation and more blood flow means more oxygen and nutrients are supplied to the hair follicles. It also drain away any toxins that gather in your scalp. Plus, you may even stimulate the dormant hair follicles and get your hair growing back.

After few months of regular head massage (twice a week) my hair fall almost halved. I think all the resting phase hair fell off and new hair began to grow in its place. (Along with hair massage I was also doing yoga and eating healthy. So these thing may have helped too.)

During the process I have learnt few things that may help you improvise on your massage technique.

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Massaging the right way

1. To oil or not to oil: You can head massage with or without oil, it’s up to you. Although, oiling does provide extra nourishment and conditioning. You can even use a wide tooth wood comb and comb several times all over the scalp. This will have similar effect as massaging. (You may like: Why use a Wooden Comb? Top 6 Hair Benefits.)

2.Massage: Work the oil into your scalp using the finger tips, Apply slow, deliberate movements all over the scalp. Finish by stroking along the length of your hair. Note: Don’t be rough in handling your hair, as it may cause trauma to your hair roots.

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3. Don’t forget the back of the skull (the occiput) & neck area: If you spend a lot of time in front of a computer or are under stress, the muscles around the back of your head and neck tend to get stiffer and tender. This not just affect your neck posture, it also restricts the blood flow around the scalp. Work on this area using your finger pads or base of your palm. As you work, the stiffness will ease and feel better.

4. Choice of oil: If you have extremely thin hair choose oils such as jojoba, coconut, ghee, evening primrose or sunflower. If you have dry, coarse hair then chose richer oils such as olive, sesame or avocado. You can also use aloe vera gel, flax seed gel, or herbal infusions. Listen to your hair’s needs.

5. Positive Affirmations: Be in the present and do one task at a time. When massaging, massage. When eating, eat. When writing, write. When talking, talk. Don’t head massage and at the same time plan your work. It just spoils the fun. Focus on the task at hand, and enjoy the process. Reciting positive affirmations do help. It’s to do with cell intelligence – every cell of your body listens to your talk and here’s the scientifically proof.

Happy massaging!!

Do you head massage? Would love to know your style of practice, please share in the comments below.

 

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55 comments
shivani sharma says

Hi Nina,
Is it okay to leave fresh aloe Vera in your hair for long periods of time.. like, you wash your hair, rub some aloe in there, and wash post 4 days or so?

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Ayush says

In a month how many times we can do oiling scalp massage????

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    Minaz says

    You can head massage twice a week.

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Pankaj Parkash Sharma says

Your solution worked for me .. but i am also doing Balayam daily 1 hour .. but your solution worked too first time I lost more then 50 2nd time less then 20 and after that I am losing less then 10 hair per massage …. and I am doing oiling 4 times in week because my hair is rough .. so my only question is oiling 4 times a week is good or not

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    Minaz says

    That’s great. If it’s working for you than continue doing it.

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Sameer khan says

Hii , my name is sameer Khan I am 18 year old .
Ma’am I don’t know why my hairs falling to much from past few weeks pls help .

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Purnima priyadarshini says

Hi sirmam
Actually my scalp is sometimes paining .and now I am suffering form hair loss .so I don’t know to prevent hair loss slightly hard massage is good or light and soft massage is good for hair???

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Sohair says

I used Jadayel hair oil with jojoba oil and olive oil and massage my scalp with it after warming the oils. I did twice then noticed losing lot of hair so I hurried to wash it. I’m so scared to use it again. Please let me know why this happened. Thanks!

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    Minaz says

    Don’t warm the oil. Don’t mix the other oils.

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Christine says

Thanks to your website I have started doing oil head massage and yes I have noticed I am losing more hair during massage and washing afterwards…I am considering to stop but maybe I need to stick to it longer…..

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    Minaz says

    Try using a hair brush, see this

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pinki raghav says

I m having a severe hairfall …severe…it means really severe…i have used each and every tricks m frnds and people told me…i evn used those shampoos which i had nvr used.i used lemon onion juice neem boiled water eggs and lot of remidies…evn i used a lot of shampoos (medicinal) nd i consulted to doctor he told me to use multani mitti but it too had nt worked…i used kesh king oil…patanjali’s kesh kanti oil…sarso oil…nd now i m using amla oil…for 1 year i m suffering a severe hairfall tha i cant evn braid them…i m so worried…i have used everything that i could but found no results..i thought aregular hot oil massage will reduce hair fall but it even increased it.plz me what to do…i m so worried…i think that all my hair are just an illusion .i feel i have nothing on my head…help me plz

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    Minaz says

    Massage your head without any oil. Or you can use a few drops of rose water.

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mahtab says

Hi I am 24 years old and I am really suffering from hair fall . my blood test just indicated the lack of vitamin D, does it affect the hair fall?. I do regular exercise but I am under pressure of a hectic studies. can you please tell me what you mean by healthy diet. I am too eager to do that?

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    Minaz says

    Healthy diet means you eat fresh wholesome foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, dairy, grains and pulses.
    Avoid packaged foods like biscuits, cakes, sugary drinks, so called ‘low fat’ items.
    In simple terms eat home cooked foods as much as you can because you know what goes into your food.

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Oshmi says

hello ma’am! i am 18 years old and every winters i experience lot of hair fall while combing, oiling and shampooing, also there is no dandruff still i suffer extreme hair fall. is there any way to stop hairfall in winters

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    Minaz says

    Hello Oshmi, some people are prone to seasonal hair fall. I don’t think you should stress about it.
    Eat healthy, exercise and try and use natural products for your hair.

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Priyanka Sarkar says

Hi i’m priyanka i’ve curly hair…..last few years i ‘ve facing mire hair fall…its really excessive.. when i do oil massage then hair fall process more its just ridiculous…please suggest me how can i save my hair

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gaurav says

Hi, I am having receding hairline. Currenlty, i am using extra-virgin olive oil+castor oil to reduce my hair fall. But it doesn’t seem to work for me. Is there any other remedy?

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shivam says

ma’m i am 23 old boy and my hair is getting thinning..i want to regrow my hair and i want to know that regular oiling in head before sleep regrow hair or twice a week because whenever i apply oil around 70-80 hair falls pls guide me

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    Minaz says

    Oil head massage improves blood circulation to scalp, thus bringing nutrients to hair follicles. So yes it does help.
    Use pure oils such as coconut, almond and olive oil.
    You lose around 100 hair a day. And please stop counting. It causes more stress.

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Ahmed says

hellow im a man im not oil my hair they make too much falling they make spaces also mostly i was feel stress now im happy im excercising and my weigth go up pls help

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    Minaz says

    Hi Ahmed, it’s okay if you don’t oil your hair. Use homemade shampoo to wash your hair.

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Riya says

Hello. Iam riya and i am 18 years old.my hairs were so beautiful,thick and shinny 3 years ago and now it is damaged and oily also i have too much hair fall. So i select Olive oil for my hair as it reduces sebum production. But when i oil my hair it shed alot so how long will the shedding of hairs continue? Im really worried because i dont want to lose more hairs and will it really work on my hairs and give good results?

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    Helper says

    Hello Raya,
    Do you still have problems with your hair shedding?

    There are easy and smart cures for this problem
    Let me know if you need my assistance

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      Uma says

      Hi,

      Could you please elaborate on the easy and smart cures. I have started massaging my hair regularly with oil but see lot of hair fall when I do so, Please advice.

      Thanks,
      Uma

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      Minaz says

      Hi Uma, just do a light tapping on your scalp with your fingers.

      Follow up with egg and olive oil hair mask. Let me know how it works for you. Wish you thick, beautiful hair. Also read my article on stress and hair loss.

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DC says

I really like your approach towards hair care.

I have been suffering from severe stress in the last 1.5 years. The stress is slowly disappearing starting only now, but it will be a slow process to get my hormones back to normal. Is there any hope for hair to regrow?
Thank-you so much.

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    Minaz says

    Yes absolutely! Work on yourself. When you get stressed, observe yourself, your thought process. Don’t try to fight it. Just observe and be more compassionate towards self and people around you. And you will see the stress slowly melt away.
    I am so happy to hear that you are on path to healing from stress.
    Best wishes.

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Pallavi Chopra says

Thank you for the great information. When we apply one of this remedies. Can I wash with warm water?

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    Minaz @hairbuddha says

    You are welcome. Yes you can use warm water.

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Ladukatron says

Hi,
I’ve been oiling my hair daily with coconut oil, or a mix of coconut,almond and castor oil. I only do a wash once a week with Amla and shikakai. My question is that I shower everyday and just rinse my head with water. After hair is dry I oil again. Is this an ok routine? Is it ok to wash you hair daily with water when there is oil in it?

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Sehrish Khawaja says

hi there
my hair are falling for 2-3 years and when i do oiling they increase falling. what should i do now? i am also taking vitamin medicine for hair skin and nails but their is no sign of re growth. can you tell me any thing for regrowth of my hair?

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ankita rochani says

Hi my hair is falling these days too much specially while oiling and shampoo time.. Even I don’t open my hair.. I just make pony tails still hair falls out in pony also. I can see on floor laying. I had visited to doctor and my taking pills for vitamins iron and calcium as she said this main reason of ur hairfall. But still after 1 month of medicine I am unable to see any result .. Plz help me

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Mohit Gupta says

Hi ,

I recently got some tests and found suffering severly from B12,D3 and thyroid .I am taking medicines for the recovery of some.Meanwhile in last 1-2 years I have lost most of my hairs.I am trying onion juice or amla powder with water on my scalp . Is there a way i can get all lost hairs back.

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    Minaz @hairbuddha says

    Hi Mohit,

    Treating B12, D3 and thryoid should help. Give it some time and hopefully you will recover.
    Include vegetables, fruits, chicken and fish in your diet. (you may also want to see a nutritionist/ayurvedic practitioner for what to eat).
    Practice pranayam and yoga every morning.
    Best wishes.

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Sapana Nimje says

Hi,

Thanks for sharing very valuable information !!

I am suffering from female pattern baldness ( Hairs are falling out in Parting line and on crown)

I started using shikekai and ritha mixture 1 week back, still its falling

I use this mixture for washing my hair every alternate day.

Also my hairs are so greasy and this mixture doesnt remove oil from hair.

I get very nervous after hair wash because of hair falling.

Doesnt understand what to do.

I am doing all the necessary steps to reduce hair fall.

Shall i Consult a doctor ?

If yes can you pl suggest me good doc for hair in Pune?

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    Minaz @hairbuddha says

    Hi,

    If your hair still stays greasy first use this egg shampoo then use reetha shikakai water as last rinse.

    Yes please see a doctor to eliminate any deficiency or medical condition – check your iron, calcium, B12 and D3, as well as thyroid.

    You may also want to consult an ayurvedic practitioner and/or nutritionist to improve your diet and health.

    Practice pranayam every morning and go for regular walks.

    Hope this helps.

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      Sapana Nimje says

      Thanks Minaz!!

      Its very useful information.

      Will try egg shampoo for next wash!

      Will revert back to you with results!!

      You are doing very good work, such a useful info !!

      Thanks a lot!

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      Waruna says

      whatever you do, dont ever try to reduce your DHT even using natural methods such as saw palametto. This will make you impotent

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Manges Pomme says

Hi Maniz, to your knowledge are there any hair oils that would cause the scalp to burn and the roots to die?

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Minaz @hairbuddha says

What oils are you using?

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    Amal says

    Hello
    I’m having dry skin and I used to oil hair daily without shampooing.im working in a dust free atmosphere.thats y I’m not using shampoo.should I use shampoo actually??

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      Minaz @hairbuddha says

      Hi Amal, no you don’t have to use shampoo daily.

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      Amal says

      But my hair is falling even if i run my fingers through it(so much hair fall from the top of the head).I am having dry skin and I oil daily.Can we reduce hair loss??

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      Minaz @hairbuddha says

      Try this hair mask . It will help with dryness and also promote hair growth.

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      Amal says

      Madam
      Last Question.
      This pack is to be used weekly right?Then how to wash my dry hair daily?Simply rinse with water is enough??

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Vani says

Hiiii, your reviews is superb… I have a few doubts… i used castor oil 3 moths back, my hair is start to falling very badly from past 3 months i lost half of my hair.. i’m trying many ways but i cant find the solution. when i’m applying hair oil and do head massage and hair wash my hair is vanish too… i’m totally depressed…. what should i do

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    Minaz @hairbuddha says

    Hi Vani, Castor oil doesn’t work for every one. And you are suppose to use it diluted with other oils.

    Try lighter oils such as almond, grapeseed or apricot kernel.

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      Aishu says

      When I apply oil to my hairs it’s too much irritating and hairfall also

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