Ayurvedic scalp massage is an ancient massage practice incorporated in India hundreds of years ago. An Ayurvedic scalp massage is an art which needs to be studied and practiced regularly. Massaging the scalp and hair with warm oil, preferably infused with hair-friendly herbs, is the best way to nourish the scalp and hair topically. Not only does the massage work wonders for your hair, but it also relaxes the mind and nervous system.
This article will educate you about all the necessary things you need to know about ayurvedic head and scalp massage or ‘Champi’.
HOW TO DO AN OIL MASSAGE (CHAMPI):
Warm the oil to a comfortable temperature.
First, part the hair down the centre and apply the warm oil mixture to the scalp with your fingers or use a tint bottle with a long nozzle.
Work in small sections down the sides of the head, then the back making sure the mixture covers the entire scalp.
Bend your head forward so that your chin touches the chest. Pour more oil along the back of your head down to where the hairline ends.
Spread the oil over the back of the head and massage the oil into your neck and shoulders.
Next, give your scalp a good massage. Rub with the pads of your fingers in a circular motion all over the scalp for 5 to 10 minutes. Apply some pressure, but don’t press so hard that it hurts.
Leave the oil in for a minimum of twenty minutes. Cover your head to protect it from air and cold drafts.
You can also keep it overnight but make sure you tie your hair and wear a shower cap.
OILS FOR AYURVEDIC OIL MASSAGE OR CHAMPI:
You may use individual oils or a mixture of oils. Some of the popular ayurvedic oils are brahmi oil, bhringraj oil, neem oil, mustard oil, sesame oil, almond oil, amalaki oil, Jamaican black castor oil, coconut oil etc. READ MORE – Top 10 Hair Oils for longer, stronger and healthy hair
You may also add essential oils like rosemary, tea tree and lavender if you are applying mixture of oils. It is always best to use the mixture of oils due to added benefits. READ MORE – Top Essential Oils for healthy Hair Growth
BENEFITS OF AYURVEDIC HEAD AND SCALP MASSAGE:
It helps to get rid of various hair related problems and conditions such as dandruff, dead skin, scalp psoriasis and many more.
It also prevents the hair from greying and protects against the harmful effects of the sun and bad weather.
It spreads the natural oils of the hair, increasing hair lustre and vibrancy.
It is replenishing and rejuvenating for dry, damaged hair, and helps prevent excessive brittleness and split-ends.
It lubricates and conditions the scalp, helping to prevent flakes and dry scalp without the use of harsh chemical shampoos.
An Ayurvedic scalp massage is also beneficial in getting sound sleep.