Head Massage and Grow Your Hair Faster (update 1) - hair buddha

Head Massage and Grow Your Hair Faster (update 1)


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Long, Beautiful Hair


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.

Head Massage and Get Beautiful Hair Update

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.

hair growth

Average hair growth

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:

  1. From the top of your crown to the ends.
  2. From the back of neck line (lowest point) to the ends. I did it this way. But next time I will measure both 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.

Be the part of hair growth challenge Now

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:

  • brings oxygen and nutrients to hair follicles
  • promotes stronger and healthier new growth
  • get rids of scalp toxins
  • improves scalp health – which is the foundation for healthy hair growth.
  • adds shine, texture, and life to your hair

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.

Best Oils for Head Massage in Spring

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:

  1. Sunflower
  2. Sesame (mixed with sunflower oil)
  3. Grapeseed
  4. Almond
  5. Jojoba
  6. Ghee (clarified butter)

You can mix in a few drops of essential oils to go with them. Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Holy Basil (tulsi), Cedarwood, Juniper, Marjoram, Clove 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]

Here is a shout out to all the awesome people who said they were in for the challenge. I would love to hear from you, How did it go? How often did you massage? Your stories and benefits you are seeing?
Next update will be in July/August.

Till then happy massaging!!

UPDATE :  Head Massage and Grow Your Hair Faster (Update 2)

Leave a Comment:

Cathy says

Can you tell me what is the best hair growth mask other than the ones written above since I don’t have them?

    Minaz says

    Cathy, you will find hair growth hair masks in this article

ishita says

Hi,I had heavy hair but now I have a lot of hairfall I took many supplimnts of biotin and iron but almost no result,I have dandruff and itchy scalp too ,Now I am using a herbal shampoo of Baba ramdev,I don’t what to do I m soo tensed about this ,I had hairfall from 2 months,I thought haircut would be a good solution but no it was worse….My hair have started falling even more,also they say stress causes hairfall but I can’t stop stressing about this,whenever I comb I loose so many hair, oiling also causes a lot of hairfall,it’s like my worst nightmare I went to doctor they said no serious issue it’s winter hairfall or stress,but I am just unable to live my life ,I always keep on thinking about my hair,tell me what can i doo for this plz help

Cinthia says

Great article. I must try.

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brototi says

Hi Minaz, Sorry I didnt show up in a long time. Am happily back! I had started out dedicatedly on the massage but lost my way in the midst of the business of life. Am back from a vacation to find major hair loss in the front of the scalp. When i puff my hair, the scalp shows. So am back to massaging. I try to do it for 5 full minutes everyday with or without oil. Am also doing the finger-rubbing exercise. Hope to see the benefits soon.

Luna says

Hello! A late starter, but i would like to join!
I’m a woman, with alopecia, since i was a little child.
Somehow always been drawn to the more natural ways of life.
One day i just happened to fall into this blog, and i directly fell in love with it!
I read through all the posts, and it encouraged me to do some changes in my life.
Now I’ve been doing it for a bit more than a month.
From not bothering about caring for my hair, brushing like once a month, i went to totally love and adore and care for it!
I’m currently massaging about 3 times a week, with coconut oil, and condition with various versions of your rosemary rinse, days in-between these washing hair days, i use the dry shampoo recipe.
Recently been trying to up the intake on seeds, (for the zinc) and drinking a cup nettle tea a day mostly for iron. And as a coffeeholic, I’ve actually reduced my coffee intake. (Which i thought would never happen!)
Loosely going on a low carb diet, moving around a lot at work, taking stairs instead.

Well that’s a bit bout me, hoping for some regrowth, but not expecting any miracles.
Bit too early to see any changes, other than the beautiful shine.
I’ll will try to remember to keep you updated how it goes.
But for now and lastly in this long post i just want to thank you for this!

Shir says

Wat u recommend for scalp psoriasis and hair loss because of the psoriasis

Terressa Ferguson Zook says

Hi Minaz. My challenge experience is now a way of life. I massage my scalp just about everyday, because since I work at a plant nursery, (in the sun all day), I have to oil my hair 2 to 3 times a week and I massage and finger brush my hair. Plus I wear a hat, so I dont get too much sun on me or my hair, & I don’t have to worry about customers seeing my oiled up hair. I have to oil and finger brush because my hair has not been trimmed in 7 months and it gets very tangly. But my scalp is the healthiest it’s ever been. I also make it a habit to rub my finger nails together, like you suggested. It feels good as well as the massage. Both are very self-soothing to me. Although I have not measured my hair, I know it’s steadily growing, because I’ve never in my life had long hair, till now. Thank you, love you, & more power to you. Keep up the good work, I know I will, te-he.

    Minaz @hairbuddha says

    Hi Terressa, thanks for sharing your experience. And appreciate your unconditional support.

    Massage is such a soothing process, and I especially love it when my mother does it for me – I made her do almost every other day when I was in India 🙂

    Suja S says

    Hi Terressa, Good to read experiences like yours. Looking for to share my experience like you hopefully in couple of months 🙂

John says

Good progress Minaz, keep it up and keep inspiring.
As mentioned previously I have short hair and my goal was not to grow hair in length but getting rid of dryness in hair. I am happy to report that my hair doesn’t feel as dry as before and a side effect is my dandruff is totally gone [not that I had a lot 😉 ] but now there is none, nada.

    Minaz @hairbuddha says

    Hello John, thanks for commenting.
    So glad to hear that your dandruff is gone, it is such a relief.

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