Scalp exercises work on the principal of increasing blood flow in the scalp, which means that more vital oxygen is pumped in thereby giving you a “scalp work-out”. This helps in stimulating the hair follicles and flushing toxins out which is actually a big barrier in hair growth, thus leading to hair loss.
Some Scalp Exercises To Reduce Hair Loss
Slide Your Scalp Exercise
Join your palms and interlock your fingers. Now place your hands behind your head so that your middle fingers touch, but your thumbs will not be close to each other. Vigorously and with a little pressure, move your palms up and down and feel your scalp moving. Do this daily for at least 5 to 10 minutes.
It will be difficult at first to feel any “real” movement of the scalp but as you practice this every day, it will make things much easier and you will feel the difference in your scalp movements.
Here is another exercise but instead of using your fingertips, use your knuckles. It is an old Indonesian technique and very effective. Gently tap your scalp with your knuckles applying a slight pressure all over, your head. Knock with your knuckles on your temples on top of your head, at the sides and down the back of your neck. Do this for at least 5 minutes daily.
Advanced Version of Knuckle Tap
Once you have mastered doing this, try an advanced version, by massaging while you stand and lean forward. Stand with your feet about a foot apart while keeping them firmly on the ground. Now, gently bend your upper body until your head is parallel the floor. Your head should be lower than your abdomen at this point.
Now, try further lowering your head a little more. Do not bend your legs. It will be difficult in the beginning, but later on you will be able to do it easily. Let them remain in the straight position. Now, use your knuckles to gently tap all over and around your head. Keep tapping your scalp for at least a minute. Slowly return to the upright position. Keep on tapping your scalp for another 30 seconds.
Tugging sections of your hair lightly also helps to invigorate hair follicles. Take a section of hair, hold it close to the head and gently pull or tug at it a few times. Next, take another section of hair and repeat to encourage a thicker growth of hair.
Rubbing fingernails of both hands against each other stimulates activities in the scalp. The nerves that run directly under the nails are connected to the scalp and thus rubbing them stimulates and controls the Dihydrotestostrone which in turn rejuvenates the hair follicles and results in thicker, darker and denser hair growth. This exercise is to be done daily for at least a few months to show results of reduced hair loss.
We have all heard the fairy tale of the princess brushing her hair every night with a 100 strokes. Well, princess or not every day brushing of hair regularly stimulates the scalp and reduces hair loss. Make sure that you use a good quality brush.