Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Spa Girl loves a good scalp massage

Hair is a great indicator—healthy hair, healthy body and like the rest of the body it requires a good balance of vitamins and minerals.

Hair is made of keratin, a protein also found in our nails and healthy hair is slightly acidic. Each hair follicle has a sebaceous gland that secretes sebum to keep hair properly lubricated and help protect it. If your hair is on the oily side the sebaceous glands are over producing and sluggish if you have dry hair. Daily brushing or a good scalp massage will help stimulate the sebaceous glands, not to mention that it feels wonderful.

Massaging the scalp with warm oil infused with essential oils is a great way to keep your locks looking great. In addition to feeling great, scalp massages helps to relax the scalp and neck muscles as well as the mind and ultimately the nervous system, ensuring a great sleep. It also helps with circulation and hair growth while nourishing the roots and shafts.

Massage, lets face it--is pure magic!

Jojoba, almond, olive, avocados are all great carrier oils to use for scalp massages, then add essential oils that suit your hair type. Coconut oil can be used for dry or coarse hair. Heat the oil in bowl in a sink of hot water, the oil should be comfortable to the touch, then add a few drops of your selected essential oil and gently work the oil into the scalp adding a little at a time. Leave the oil on for 40 minutes or longer then wash out with a gentle, natural shampoo. You will be delighted!

Essential Oils for Hair Types
Scents have definite links to memory so when selecting which essential oil to use for your hair type, simply smell them all and use the one that smells the best to you.

Normal=eucalyptus, cedarwood, geranium, orange, lavender, rosemary

Oily=basil, bergamot, cedarwood, cypress, grapefruit, lavender, lemon
Dry=frankincense, geranium, lavender, palmarosa, rosemary, sandalwood
Damaged=comfrey, horsetail, lavender, frankincense
Dark=rosemary, thyme
Fair=roman chamomile

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