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8 Steps to Effectively Massage Scalp with Natural Oils

Scalp massages are very beneficial for hair care and growth, and you should incorporate them into your scalp care regimen ASAP.

Scalp massages can help alleviate several common problems associated with the scalp such as hair loss, dandruff, psoriasis, itchy scalp, dry scalp, flaky scalp, and dermatitis. 

Scalp massages are usually done by professionals but did you know you can easily do it yourself.

You can get most of the benefits of a professional scalp massage with a few simple steps and techniques.

8 Steps to Effectively Massage Scalp with Oil

I’ve included a basic scalp massage oil recipe card at the end of this article for you to print and have on hand whenever you’re ready to give it a go. 

The scalp massage oil recipe included is ideal for promoting healthier hair growth as well. Alternatively, you can try out the custom-made Iyanu Premium Hair Growth Oil


Are Scalp Massages Good for You?

Scalp massages are an excellent way to relax your senses and relieve tension in your neck and shoulders.

They can boost your mood and promote faster recovery from hair loss issues by stimulating blood flow to the scalp area and nourishing your follicles.

Can Scalp Massages Stimulate Hair Growth?

Yes. This was one of the methods I used to recover from hair loss a few years ago.

They are very effective when done regularly and with the right hair growth oils and techniques. 

Which Natural Oils for a Scalp Massage?

You can use most natural oils to massage your scalp but there are several that are more beneficial to the scalp.

A couple of effective natural oils for scalp massages include calendula oil and lemongrass oil.

For even more natural oils targeted toward scalp issues, have a look at How to Grow Hair Healthy and Long with Natural Oils.

Featuring over 30 natural oils and updated every year, this is a complete guide to including natural oils in your hair regimen.

There are several methods for a scalp massage with natural oils but outlined below is a step-by-step guide that will optimize the process and make sure you get all the benefits:

Effective Scalp Massage for Hair Growth – 8 Simple Steps

Step 1 – Mix Oils

Pour your natural oils of choice into a small bowl. Don’t mix more than 3 natural oils at a time. You can also add 5 – 10 drops of your preferred essential oils.

However, I recommend peppermint essential oil, tea tree essential oil, rosemary essential oil, and, eucalyptus essential oil.

Step 2 – Heat the Oils

Heat the oil by lowering it into a bigger bowl full of hot water. You can microwave it if you like but I wouldn’t recommend this. It might compromise the mixture’s effectiveness and burn your scalp.

Step 3 – Section Your Hair

While the oil is heating up, section your hair into manageable sections – 3 to 4 parts – and pin up. More if you prefer. Enough sections as required to prevent hair tangling.

Step 4 – Apply to Your Scalp

Once the oil is hot, take 1 section of hair and start parting that section into smaller sections, then apply the oil directly to the scalp.

You can get heavy-handed if you have type 4 hair but just enough to cover the exposed scalp. If the oil is dripping down your face or neck when you’re done, you’ve applied too much.

Step 5 – Start Massaging

Once you’re done with the scalp area in that section, pour a bit of oil into your hands and rub together until warm then start massaging your scalp with the fingertips only (no nails).

Step 6 – Promote Blood Circulation

Rub in small vigorous circles until you feel a bit of heat. This should take about 5 – 10 minutes. This promotes blood circulation to the scalp. Take as much time as you want with this step.

Step 7 – Spread the Oil Residue

Work whatever oil residue you have on your palms through the length of your hair then braid up that section, pin hair up and repeat with the rest of the sections.

Step 8 – Leave-in Overnight

Cover with a disposable plastic cap or cling film, then a satin sleep cap or satin scarf. Leave the oil in overnight. Your body heat will provide a mild steaming effect.

Wash out the next morning with a diluted Pure Castile Soap. If your hair still feels greasy, then try a stronger but still diluted shampoo like:-

Deep condition and style as usual. 

Schwarzkopf BC Aloe Essence Sensitive Soothe Mild Shampoo

Schwarzkopf BC Aloe Essence Sensitive Soothe Mild Shampoo

Davines Momo Shampoo for Dehydrated Hair

Davines Momo Shampoo for Dehydrated Hair

You can also leave the oil in until your next full regimen day to wash it out if you have type 4, thick and coily hair. It won’t clog your scalp.

In addition to alleviating several hair issues, frequent scalp massaging with oil also keeps these problems at bay.

Scalp massaging promotes stronger hair growth and helps to regulate sebum production on the scalp the same way it regulates sebum production when applied to the face.

You can make scalp massages even more effective by incorporating a scalp massage brush and exfoliating your scalp.

For more on using a scalp massage brush, read Effective Scalp Exfoliation with Natural Oils.

Scalp Massage Oil

Scalp Massage Oil for Hair Growth Recipe

Yield: 1 bottle
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Difficulty: Simple

This scalp massage oil recipe is a great base to use for your scalp massage therapy. I have included the healthiest oils and essential oils for the scalp in this recipe. This particular recipe is also great for promoting healthy hair growth.


  1. Open the 8 oz bottle and measure in the oils except for the essential oils one at a time in the order they're listed in the ingredients.
  2. Once done, close and give the bottle a shake. Open up and measure in the essential oils. Close and shake again.
  3. When it's time to use, pour enough for your scalp in the silicone mixing bowl and place in a hot water bath to gently heat up the oil.
  4. While the oil is heating up, section your hair and pin-up each section.
  5. Once the oil is warm enough, apply to your scalp area in each section and massage thoroughly into each section for 5 - 10 minutes.
  6. When you've applied the oil to your whole head, rub the residue into your strands, pin-up again, and cover it with a disposable cap.
  7. Leave in overnight and wash out the next morning with a mild moisturizing shampoo followed by a deep conditioning session.

Scalp Massage Oil


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