Thinning hair? Doctors recommend this at-home trick

Hair loss is not just a guy’s problem. In fact, some 40 percent of Americans with hair loss are women, according to the American Hair Loss Association. If you’re starting to see your strands thinning, consider trying this simple at-home strategy: scalp massage, which may promote hair growth. Watch out for these 7 sneaky reasons that your hair is falling out.

“A scalp massage can increase blood flow to the scalp and to the hair follicles,” explains Debra Jaliman, MD, a dermatologist in private practice on Manhattan’s Upper East Side and author of Skin Rules: Trade Secrets from a Top New York Dermatologist.

A study in the January 2016 issue of ePlasty shows that just four minutes of scalp massage a day increases activity among genes known to promote hair growth, and dials down the activity of genes linked to hair loss and inflammation. What’s more, study participants also noted an improvement in hair thickness. “Gentle massaging of the scalp can increase blood flow to the hair follicle, the root of the hair, which is the only living part of the hair,” says Abraham Armani, MD, medical director of Armani Medical Hair Restoration in Dallas. “Massaging works by dilating the very small arteries within the scalp, increasing blood flow to the hair follicle and therefore prolonging the growth cycle of hair.” Also, give these natural remedies to treat hair loss a try.

Scalp massage for hair loss also reduces stress, which can worsen hair loss. “Not only does the boost in blood circulation to the surface of the skin aid in delivering more nutrients, it’s also relaxing,” Dr. Jaliman says. A study in an October 2016 issue of the Journal of Physical Therapy Science backs this up. It found that twice-weekly scalp massage lowers levels of stress hormones, blood pressure, and heart rate, all of which are known to be elevated during times of emotional or physical stress.

When to do scalp massage?

Scalp massage for hair growth can be done while you’re shampooing in the shower or when your hair is dry pre-shampoo. “You should aim for at least three minutes if you are working with both hands because that encompasses a large surface area,” says Jessie Cheung, MD, director of the Jessie Cheung MD Dermatology & Laser Center in Willowbrook, Illinois. There’s no need to use any oil or serum, she says. But some people like to include aromatherapy. “Relaxing scents such as lavender, and invigorating scents such as eucalyptus or mint, will augment the circulatory boost,” Dr. Cheung says.

How to do scalp massage?

A gentle fingertip massage is a good jumping off point. “That’s enough to stimulate the blood flow,” Dr. Cheung says. “If you tend to hold a lot of tension in your neck and scalp, you can increase the pressure gradually.” Start from the edges of the hairline and work your way in toward the crown, she suggests. “You want to stimulate the lymphatic drainage as well, and that starts at the periphery.” Dr. Jaliman adds: “Kneading, in particular, aids with warming up the skin, which helps increase blood flow to the scalp.”

Keep in mind that significant or rapid hair loss may be a sign of an underlying medical condition and should be evaluated by a doctor. This is what your hair is desperately trying to tell you about your health.

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Margot Robbie in 2016

Margot Robbie this winter

Kieran:

"Margot’s hair gives her a modern interpretation of ‘Old Hollywood’ glamour. A much more linear line shows off her bone structure and the richer blonde brings out her beautiful blue eyes. The focus here is all cheek bones and eyes: Sleek, polished, beautiful."

Khloe Kardashian in 2015

Khloe Kardashian in 2017

Kieran:

"This gives Khloe a more sophisticated look. It’s strong with an edge but is still long enough to be sexy. The move away from the paler beige blond towards a more golden blonde softens the look and adds dimension complimenting her skin tone: Elegant and sophisticated."

Lucy Hale in 2011

Lucy Hale in 2018

Kieran: 

"The change in Lucy Hale’s hair has taken her from a ‘sweet girl’ look to a sexier, edgier look. The shorter hair makes those beautiful eyes the star attraction.  The dark, rich color gives the look it’s strength whilst the textured ends give it its softness: Sexy, strong with edge."

Rachel McAdams in 2012

Rachel McAdams in 2016

Kieran: 

"Rachel’s new look accentuates her neck line and the softness around the face, her cheekbones. This length makes her hair look fuller, more robust and the color is a warmer, golden tone. The warmer blond compliments her skin tone: Strong but still fun and flirty."

Bella Hadid in 2016

Bella Hadid in 2017

Kieran: 

"The move away from long all one length gives more interest to Bella’s look and the center part allows the shorter style to frame her features perfectly. The rich brunette color works well for her skin tone and makes her eye color really pop: Classically beautiful."

Jenna Dewan in 2007

Jenna Dewan in 2018

Kieran: 

"This length on Jenna is a real statement length. No hiding behind hair here, it really opens up her face. Her check bones prominently come to the fore and the deep, lush, rich brunette color intensifies her amazing green eyes. Sultry and stunning." 

Kim Kardashian in 2012

Kim Kardashian this summer

Kieran: 

"Ever the hair chameleon, this look really compliments her jaw line, elongates her neck and accentuates her cheek bones. The rich color compliments her eye color perfectly because of the way it frames her face. The dichotomy of the deep, dark brown hair next to the whites of her eyes, makes the caramel in her eyes stand out: Rich, lustrous and bold." 

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