Legit or Gimmick? The Science Behind Scalp Massagers & Hair Growth
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Whether you were born with thin hair or are suffering from acute hair loss due to stress, the natural aging process, or a bad hair cut, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all cure for treating hair loss. While there are plenty of treatments, supplements, vitamins, and biotin-infused hair care products that can help promote hair growth, taking care of your scalp as opposed to your stands, is often times the best course of action to start with if you want to see results.
Our hair follicles (located at our roots) are the only “alive” parts of our hair, so in order to promote hair growth, it’s usually best to stimulate the scalp to address the root of the problem (pun intended) causing the thinning. Many studies have shown that spending approximately three to four minutes a day massaging the scalp can trigger better blood flow to the hair follicles, leading to improved hair growth.
Essentially, the applied pressure to the scalp enhances circulation, resulting in better absorption of oxygen levels. The increase of oxygen delivered to the hair follicles results in accelerated hair growth and even an improvement in texture over time. It should be noted that while scalp massaging is an effective and reliable way to speed up hair growth, it is a slow process, so don’t expect to see results immediately with this method.
The best way to massage the scalp is while you’re shampooing in the shower, but you can also massage it with dry hair. You can either message your scalp by hand or enlist in the help of one of these handy shampooing brushes and in-shower massagers. These shampoo brush hybrids are also an excellent way to not only harness the benefits of scalp massage, but also blast away product buildup, oil, and grime, all of which can inhibit hair growth by clogging the follicle. Read ahead to find out our top picks for speeding up hair growth while you shower.
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1. Maxsoft Scalp Massager Shampoo Brush
This adorable brush is a game-changer for those with long or artificial nails who want to reap the benefits of scalp massage without ruining their manicure or breaking a nail. Its handle offers the perfect grip so that your hands and arms don’t tire after minutes of massage.
2. Rolencos Hair Shampoo Scalp Brush
This scalp-stimulating brush is super effective for those suffering dandruff and other scalp-related conditions and is gentle enough to prevent further inflammation of the scalp. Just as with our skin, gently exfoliating the scalp can help accelerate heightened hair growth by sloughing away product buildup and dead skin.
3. Vitagoods Scalp Massage Brush
We love how this brush-massager hybrid essentially does the work for you preventing muscle fatigue and it also just feels amazing. The vibrations also help give your shampoo a nice leather helping to make them more effective by giving you a more thorough cleanse.
4. Hair Scalp Massager
This lightweight shampoo brush makes massaging your scalp in the shower easy. It fits comfortably in the palm of your hand. Plus, it has a grip that can go between your fingers, so you won’t accidentally drop it. The massager will help get your head clean and promote blood circulation better than your fingers would. It comes in black, purple, green or rose pink.
5. Hair Scalp Massager Shampoo Brush
Whether you’re traveling or at home, you can treat yourself to a scalp massage whenever you want. The bristles, which are made out of silicone, are designed to remove build-up from your head and encourage hair growth. This brush is compact and can easily fit into a suitcase without taking up too much valuable real estate. It’s available in black, pink, red, purple and green.
6. Scalp Massager, 2 Pack
You get two scalp massagers in this set, which you can use on any hair type. The handle makes sure this brush stays put in your hand. It’s equipped with soft, thick silicone bristles that’ll get rid of dead skin cells and promote hair growth. It’ll make sure the shampoo really gets your hair clean. The brush set is available in multiple color combinations.
7. LATME Electric Scalp Massager
Instead of giving yourself a massage, this electronic one does it for you. It has 28 shiatsu massage nodes, four different modes and is totally waterproof, so you can use it in the shower. This rechargeable scalp massager will help alleviate tension and promote hair growth. It isn’t only for your head, though. You can use it on your arms, calves or feet.