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How Do You Use a Scalp Massager To Elevate Your Shower Experience?

Written by Alexa Adler
How Do You Use a Scalp Massager To Elevate Your Shower Experience?

Scalp massagers are must-have silicone gadgets that dwell in showers across the globe. They help scrub your scalp, remove sebum, and encourage blood circulation to your scalp and hair follicles. Some experts claim these brushes may even promote hair growth

But why are these spiky objects the center of attention lately? Here’s what you need to know about how to use a scalp massager to elevate your shower experience.

What Is a Scalp Massager?

Scalp massagers, commonly referred to as scalp scrubbers, are massage brushes with spiky rubber tips or silicone bristles. The concept of the scalp brush is that it exfoliates the scalp, helps distribute shampoo throughout your scalp for a great cleanse, and stimulates blood flow to help with hair growth.

What Are the Benefits of Using a Scalp Massager?

Scalp brushes claim many benefits, including:

  • Increased blood flow

  • Reduced scalp tension

  • Exfoliation to remove dead skin cells and sebum

  • Increased product absorption

Increased Blood Flow

Massaging the scalp with a brush daily can help stimulate blood flow, which may help reduce hair fall. How? Some studies suggest that blood flow to the scalp is stimulating for our hair follicles, and healthy hair follicles are the key to healthy hair growth.

Reduced Scalp Tension

Scalp tension can occur due to stress, anxiety, depression, or several other factors. To relieve tension, a scalp massage helps by stimulating nerve endings, relaxing the muscles, and increasing circulation which can help ease tension.

Scalp Exfoliation

Exfoliating the scalp with a professionally designed scalp brush loosens any buildup from dandruff flakes, dry skin and dead skin cells, and residue from styling products. Clearing buildup and debris from the scalp leaves it feeling clean, fresh, and happy.

Increased Product Absorption

It makes sense that a vigorous scalp scrub would help product absorption. A clean scalp is essential for proper product absorption when using products to stimulate hair health or growth, and simply applying your regular shampoo and conditioner. Plus, as hair follicles become stimulated and the blood is circulating, the scalp is in an ideal environment for product absorption.

The benefits of using a scalp brush are equivalent to a scalp massage. It is stimulating and relaxing, and it helps loosen scalp debris, flakes from dandruff, and excess natural oils on the scalp.

Exfoliating the scalp with a professionally designed scalp brush loosens any buildup from dandruff flakes, dry skin and dead skin cells...

How Do You Use a Scalp Massager?

We’ve said before and we’ll say it again: Incorporating a scalp brush into your hair care routine can bring numerous benefits to your hair and skin. So now that you know the benefits of scalp massagers, here’s how to use one effectively.

  1. Start out by dry brushing your scalp before stepping into the shower. Dry-brushing in a gentle circular motion across your scalp helps to exfoliate, loosening any impurities and debris from flaking or product buildup. It also helps to distribute our scalp’s natural oils across your hair strands.

  2. After dry brushing, hop in the shower and use the brush to help distribute shampoo throughout your scalp. Remember, especially with sulfate-free shampoos, it’s important to make sure your hair is completely soaked through before applying a cleanser for more even distribution.

  3. Using a scalp brush when cleansing also serves as a relaxing and feel-good scalp massage that stimulates blood flow to the scalp.

  4. After rinsing out your shampoo and conditioner, follow with a cool scalp rinse (to lock in moisture and seal your hair follicles) before moving onto your drying routine.

  5. Air dry your hair when possible. If you must use a hairdryer, use low heat.

Can You Use a Scalp Brush Every Day?

Using a scalp brush is great for removing impurities and for scalp exfoliation. It is perfectly safe to use a scalp brush every day; however, you can still reap the benefits from using one just 2-3 times per week, depending on your wash routine.

You’ll feel the benefits right away, but a consistent routine with a scalp brush is key to maintaining a healthy, clear scalp.

When Should You Use a Scalp Brush?

ICYMI, you can use your scalp brush on dry hair and scalp prior to hopping in the shower, or in the shower while your hair is wet.

Massaging hair oil into your scalp with a scalp brush is also beneficial. Just make sure the oil you choose is designed for use on the scalp. After all, a healthy, hydrated scalp allows for healthy hair growth.

What Type of Shampoo Should You Use With a Scalp Brush?

Choosing a shampoo that encourages a healthy scalp is essential to promoting gorgeous hair. Shampoos with ingredients such as coconut oil, sage, and sugar kelp extract help clean and nourish your scalp and hair.

Additionally, a medicated shampoo with zinc pyrithione helps reduce redness, remove flaking from dandruff, and lessen scalp itch. 

How To Shop For The Perfect Scalp Brush

When you shop for a scalp massager, look for one that fits comfortably in the palm of your hand and allows for a firm grip, so you can work it around your scalp efficiently. You’ll want to choose one with soft, thin, and flexible silicone tips. Avoid nylon bristles, as they may cause tangles to your strands.

We’re a bit biased, but our Scalp Brush checks all of the boxes. 

What Are The Don’ts of a Scalp Brush?

Scalp brushes work as an exfoliant and a massager, so they must be treated that way. You would never use deep pressure with a loofah on your skin, so use the same careful technique with a scalp brush. Medium pressure is sufficient to remove any scalp buildup and dandruff flakes. Massaging with too much pressure may cause damage to your delicate scalp and hair follicles, or even worse, cause redness or sensitivity.

Does Using a Scalp Brush Help Hair Grow?

While there’s no scientific evidence that proves using a scalp brush increases the growth rate in hair or stimulates hair regrowth, scalp brushes do improve blood circulation which is key in discouraging hair fall and may stimulate healthy and normal hair growth.

Bottom Line

Scalp massagers are fantastic self-care tools that bring many benefits to your hair and scalp. Choose a scalp brush that is professionally designed to relax your scalp, stimulate blood flow, and scrub away dirt, oils, and debris while helping to effectively clean your scalp.

In addition to using a scalp brush, pair it with the right hair care products that work together to keep your scalp healthy and your hair moisturized and looking its best. Learn more about Jupiter’s scalp-healthy hair care products here.

Scalp Brush
Scalp Brush

Our exfoliating scalp brush helps remove build-up from flaking, styling products, or other impurities. Gently dry brush the scalp in circular motions before washing, or in the shower while you lather your shampoo with gentle front-to-back strokes. Added bonus: a cleaner scalp means thicker and healthier looking hair. It just so happens to feel really really good, too.

The information contained in this article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice, nor is it a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician with any questions you may have about the information contained herein, as well as the risks or benefits of any treatment.