Have you been massaging your hair every week?
I am so glad it’s finally spring! Nature is coming to life again. The trees are sprouting new leaves and all the pretty flowers blooming everywhere.
And it’s also great news for our hair. If you have struggled with hair growth in autumn and winter, rejoice as the dreadful phase of slow growth is coming to an end.
The spring air brings with it magic dust for hair growth. The days are getting longer which means more sunlight. Plus there is a natural hormonal shift (in a good way). Both of these can help overall health of your scalp, therefore making your hair grow faster.
Before I talk more on this let’s take a look at the head massage hair and get beautiful hair challenge results.
Most of you don’t know that this is the longest my hair has ever been. I always use to have a bob in school and college, after that my hair was shoulder length. Let’s see how far I can keep up.
I have been doing a regular head massage since October. (I’ve written here why October is not so good month for hair growth.)
My hair sailed through tough autumn and winter pretty well and they look amazingly good. Head massage does get a lot of credit.
My hair grew an average 2.3 cm or 0.9 inches per month, which I think is superb. This is way beyond general average hair growth, which is half of what I achieved: 1.25 cm or 0.5 inches.
The other two indicators I was keeping a track of were: hair loss and scalp dryness.
Hair loss was definitely less. I didn’t count the number of hair fall out but you know when it’s more or less.
And scalp dryness was less too. I have tendency to get dry scalp in cold weather, and it can get really itchy and flaky. But because of regular oiling and massage, dryness was almost nil. And like I mentioned in the previous post that I was going to up my intake of nuts and seeds. I did that. Every morning I eat 1 teaspoon of soaked sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and 6 to 7 almonds. I also eat 1 soaked fig to add some fiber and sweetness to the mix.
(You may also like: why soak seeds here)
How to measure hair length
You can do it two ways:
Let someone else measure it for you as it’s difficult to do it yourself. And do it when your hair is completely dry. You can also take monthly progress photo.
If you didn’t start the hair growth challenge in October, now is a good time to jump in and take full advantage of glorious spring.
Here’s a quick recap on benefits of head massage:
Do less and gain more: In October post I talked about importance of regular head massage. I was doing 3 times a week. This is because in autumn you are particularly prone to seasonal hair fall and reduced hair growth.
But now is the time to do less work and gain more. Once or twice a week for 5 to 10 minutes is good enough as nature is on your side.
Spring and summer is the perfect time to grow long, luscious hair you always wanted.
In ayurveda you have different oils for different seasons. Spring blends are generally warm, spicy and invigorating, designed to penetrate through stagnant winter energy and wake up your sleeping hair follicles. The best carrier oils for this season are:
You can mix in a few drops of essential oils to go with them. Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Holy Basil (tulsi), Cedarwood, Juniper, Marjoram, are good choices for this season.
Blending instruction: Since the essential oils are very strong and potent you only need a very small amount. For 2 tablespoons (15ml) carrier oil add 2 to 3 drops of essential oil of your choice.
If you are struggling with hair loss pick sunflower, grapeseed or jojoba oil. Stir in a few drops of marjoram essential oil and massage this blend on your hair. You can also add some castor oil to enhance growth.
How to head massage: You can do it with or without oil. Just use your fingers and get massaging. More on how to do it here.
Get a trim: Don’t forget to trim your hair regularly as this is really important. You don’t want unhealthy looking ends as they look very shabby. How often should you trim depends on the health of your hair , I do it every 4 to 5 months.
I am also excited to hear your results. Has your hair outgrown mine? Do send me your before and after pictures and/or length measure on [email protected]
Till then happy massaging!!