Hopefully you know the feeling of a good scalp massage. Your skin tingles, you get goosebumps along the back of your neck. You forget that list of errands. Problems fade into the background. Your mind clears. You are in the moment.
I recently had sat down with Abigail Kuehl, master stylist, to talk about the benefits of a good scalp massage. She’s made the scalp massage part of her guest regimen for over 10 years. Her technique is legendary among her clients.
Why do scalp massage?
“I like to help my guests make the transition from the busy outside world to the restorative space of the salon, but it’s much more than just about making my guests feel good.” Kuehl explains that there are physical benefits that come from a good scalp massage too. “A good massage increases blood flow to support the body’s natural internal cleansing process, and reveals healthy skin cells. I like to enhance the process with a high quality plant based oil blend, the combination promotes healthy skin and improves hair texture. My favorite blend is ANTIDOTE 1848 AVOCADO HAIR + BEARD OIL with organic avocado, grape seed, jojoba, and grapefruit oil. These are great for soothing skin and strengthening the hair and this product doesn’t have harsh additives.”
The ideal brush?Our favorite is a boar's hair and nylon bristles in a soft rubber bed.
Kuehl’s explains her approach, “I like to start by brushing the hair in multiple directions to expose the scalp, remove dead skin cells and stimulate circulation. Then I rub a few drops of a good hair oil into my fingers and start taking long strokes across the scalp from back to front and side to side to transfer the oil onto the scalp and hair. For people with long hair, I also apply hair oil to the ends of their hair. Starting from the forehead and moving to the back of the neck, I use gentle circular motions across the crown and then from the temples.”
You can enjoy the benefits of a scalp massage by giving one to yourself. “Find a quiet spot and give yourself 5-10 minutes. Even a couple of days a week can make a difference. Feel free to mix it up – so you don’t have to do the same thing each time. Nature sounds can be fun to use. The National Park Service has some great options. And don’t forget to take deep slow breaths to make sure you get lots of fresh air!”
“If you want to get more adventurous, find a scalp massage buddy! It’s good for you, fun and a great way to improve your technique.”
-- Abigail + David, ANTIDOTE1848
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