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A guide to the benefits of a relaxing scalp massage

This guide aims to give you advice on the benefits of a hair and scalp massage. We also have a how-to guide for giving yourself a scalp massage.

By Hannah Mepham

6 Minute read

A soothing scalp massage is certainly relaxing, but could it also encourage stronger hair growth and a healthy scalp?

In this post we explore the benefits of scalp massage techniques alongside natural hair care products that support scalp health. We also have a how-to guide for giving yourself a relaxing scalp massage.

The benefits of scalp massage

You can encourage a soothed scalp and healthy hair growth with scalp massage techniques.


A self-care practice that everyone can do at home, a warm oil massage has the following benefits:

  • It conditions the scalp, helping to prevent flakes and dry, itchy scalp
  • It helps enhance blood circulation in the head and neck area. When the scalp is “tight” from stress, circulation and hair growth are impeded
  • It helps strengthen the roots of the hair and nourishes the hair-shafts, promoting new hair growth and strengthening existing hair
  • The massage helps relax the scalp and the muscles in the neck

You may like to use a scalp massage tool to invigorate your scalp.

The rising popularity of scalp health hair care

In early 2023, Pinterest predicted that crown care would be a blossoming beauty trend, citing that Google searches for scalp massage techniques had increased by 55% as evidence that the UK is becoming increasingly concerned with the care of their scalp[i].

UK internet searches for scalp health have also grown with some publications claiming that searches around scalp health increased by as much as 300% between 2021 and 2022[ii].

3 shampoos for scalp health

Healthy hair of course starts with a healthy scalp, which is why all Green People hair care products are pH balanced and formulated with gentle, natural ingredients that can help soothe and balance an itchy scalp.

3 of our top choices for supporting scalp health are:

Eucalyptus & Mint Shampoo Bar

We make our anti-itch shampoo bar with Celery Seed Extract, a natural ingredient that’s anti-dandruff and has proven anti-itch properties.

Green People for Men No. 10 Itch Away Shampoo

Pineapple Enzymes help this SLS-free shampoo to fight a flaky scalp by breaking down the bonds that connect dead skin cells to the scalp.

Irritated Scalp Shampoo & Conditioner

Packed with Pineapple Enzymes, this shampoo and conditioner set is scented with soothing Lavender and Rosemary essential oils, the latter added for cleansing properties that help to prevent dandruff.

Not sure which shampoo is best for you? Find your perfect match with our shampoo quiz.

Best hair oils for a scalp massage

In the UK scalp massage tools are widely available but you don’t have to use a massage tool at all.

A relaxing scalp massage is easy to do at home with a warm oil and the following base oils are all useful for scalp massage. By choosing the right essential oil for your hair and scalp, you can boost the benefits of your scalp massage.

Some oils should not be applied directly to the skin or scalp so always check that the chosen oil is safe to use on the scalp before you begin your massage.

Best scalp massage oil for dry hair

Coconut Oil melts in the warmth of your hands and the oil is particularly well suited for scalp massages because it has conditioning properties that are ideal for dry hair.

Best scalp massage oil for greasy hair

Jojoba Oil is not actually an oil but liquid wax. It is highly penetrative and helps to encourage a healthy and balanced scalp by dissolving sebum and unblocking pores.

Best scalp massage oil for hair growth

Both Avocado and Olive Oil are rich in nourishing vitamins and are excellent choices for improving blood flow to the scalp and stimulating hair growth.

Shampoos for rinsing after a scalp massage 

Remember to wash your hair thoroughly after your scalp massage. Our natural and organic shampoos are gentle on the scalp and contain plant extracts and oils with a bounty of benefits for a healthy scalp and clean, shiny hair.

Alternatively, you can go plastic-free with one of our natural shampoo bars.

Scalp massage techniques to try at home

Use our 4-step routine and see if you can benefit from a relaxing scalp massage

Step 1: Warm the oil

Pour your preferred carrier oil into a bowl and warm the oil by placing the bowl in some hot water. The oil should be warm but comfortable to the touch, alternatively warm a little oil by rubbing your hands together.

Step 2: Massage your scalp

Using the pads of your fingers, work the oil into your scalp using circular motions. Slow, deliberate movements are relaxing whereas vigorous movement helps enhance energy and circulation.

Apply the oil little by little to different parts of your scalp, parting your hair as needed.

Step 3: Rest

Allow 30-60 minutes for your hair to absorb the oils. For a more intense hair conditioning treat, leave the oil on overnight, protecting your pillow with a towel.

Step 4: Rinse

Wash your hair as usual with our natural shampoos.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our guide to the benefits of scalp massage! For help choosing the best organic hair care products for you, please contact our friendly UK customer care team on 01403 740350 or take our helpful hair care routine finder quiz.

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