Research & Studies

If you’ve ever had a scalp massage, you no doubt recall how relaxing it felt. Besides easing stress and tension, there’s also buzz around scalp massages being able to promote hair growth.

Is this just a myth or is there truth to this additional benefit of a scalp massage? In this section, we’ll take a closer look at scientific evidence around scalp massages and hair growth. 

What is a scalp massage & can it help with hair growth?

A scalp massage is similar to a massage you’d get for your neck, back, or body. However, a scalp massage is usually done a little more gently. A typical scalp massage uses the fingertips but there’s also the option of using a scalp massaging device like NoFlaky's Brush.

According to a small 2016 study, researchers concluded that regular scalp massages may lead to thicker hair. This study involved nine men who received a 4-minute scalp massage each day for 24 weeks. At the end of the study, it was found that the men had thicker hair than at the start.

Additional research from 2019 supported these findings. This study was based on survey responses from 340 participants who had followed specific instructions by doing twice-daily scalp massages to improve hair loss.

According to the self-reported findings, approximately 69 percent of participants reported that their alopecia had improved.

The benefits of a scalp massage for hair growth centers on the hair follicles. Each hair on your head starts its life within a follicle, located just beneath the skin on your scalp.

According to research, scalp massage increases hair thickness by stretching the cells of hair follicles. This, in turn, stimulates the follicles to produce thicker hair. It’s also thought that a scalp massage may help dilate blood vessels beneath the skin, thereby encouraging hair growth.

What’s known so far does show some promise regarding scalp massages and hair growth.

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