Many people these days prefer to opt for alternative medicine and more natural treatments for some conditions. Occasionally experts at Belgravia are asked whether there is a more natural treatment for hair loss, such as regular scalp massage.
Certainly a scalp massage can help to increase blood circulation to the hair follicles, which will nourish the hair follicles and can strengthen the hair roots. This is why Belgravia’s clinical treatment sessions include scalp massage. In addition, any type of massage is great for relaxation and de-stressing, which can also be a contributing factor with hair loss.
Although good blood circulation is an important component for healthy hair, there is no scientific indication that scalp massage can help hair grow. According to Senior Trichologist Leonora Doclis: “Scalp massage enhances general blood circulation and relieves scalp tension. However, massage alone has neither effect on hair growth nor helps to stabilise hair loss.”
While it is a commonly held belief that improved blood circulation from regular scalp massage will help to stop hair loss there is no evidence to support this.
Effective hair loss treatments
There are only two proven treatments for hair loss. First there is Minoxidil which is used topically on both men and women. Propecia is the second hair loss treatment, which is just for men and is taken as an oral tablet. These are the only hair loss treatments that have been licensed by the British Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and approved by the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA). We find that when used alongside the appropriate hair growth boosters, these two treatments can provide a safe and highly effective solution for hair loss.
As Minoxidil is used as a topical solution or cream some clients wonder whether massaging the scalp with this product will make it more effective. However our Senior Trichologist Leonora Doclis warns that while “massaging these creams or solutions will aid absorption, it does not boost the effectiveness of the products. However, some of our clients complain that their scalp is sore or it feels tight. This is where a scalp massage may help.”
While scalp massage isn’t a solution for hair loss, regular gentle massaging of the scalp can help to reduce tension. For clients that are experiencing a dry itchy scalp gentle massaging with a bit of warm oil can help to relieve dryness and increase suppleness.
How to do a traditional scalp massage
Slightly warm a small amount of oil. Start along the hairline with your fingers spread out along the crown. Apply a small amount of pressure and move your fingers in a small circular motion. Slowly massage over the head and down towards the neckline. Next complete the same circular motion on each side of the head by massaging above the temple, behind the ears and down to the neck. Once you have covered the whole head you can repeat the process with slightly more pressure. For extra conditioning you can leave the massage oil in the hair for up to 30 minutes before shampooing out. If you have any cuts, swelling or irritation on the scalp you should forgo the scalp massage until it has healed.
If you would like more information on the most effective combination of treatments for hair loss or want to arrange a free consultation, call the Belgravia Centre on 020 7730 6666. If you prefer you can message the centre to arrange an appointment or ask a question. We also offer an online diagnostic form for those people who are unable to visit the Belgravia Centre’s London clinic.