Balding, thinning, and all forms of hair loss can leave you feeling self-conscious about the way you look. Thankfully there are many options for hair loss treatment. Dr. Robert J. Dorin and Robert H. True have helped countless patients in and around NYC, Boston MA, and New Jersey using these state-of-the-art methods for hair restoration.
A number of patients have asked us about natural hair regrowth methods, particularly scalp massage. We want to consider claims about scalp massage as a method of hair regrowth and what scientific consensus has to say about these claims.
What Happens During a Scalp Massage
A scalp massage involves gently kneading the skin of the scalp. Some recommend daily scalp massage for around five minutes, while others recommend scalp massages twice a week for up to 10 minutes at a time. Scalp massage carried out consistently for months can potentially have benefits for people who have lost hair or experience hair thinning.
There are also scalp massager products out there. These products resemble a hairbrush, and they purportedly stimulate the hair follicles of the scalp when used for roughly five minutes a day.
The Claims Behind Scalp Massage for Hair Regrowth
Claims regarding manual scalp massage and scalp massager products vary. The underlying principle is that scalp massage stimulates blood circulation of the scalp. This in turn stimulates the hair follicles into a growth cycle. Done consistently, this can help lead to hair regrowth, even in thinning or bald patches of the scalp.
There are also claims that the soothing sensation and deep relaxation associated with a scalp massage can help relieve stress. This stress relief can contribute to hair regrowth given the effects of stress on your system.
Is Scalp Massage an Effective Hair Restoration Treatment?
The jury is still out on this as far as strict scientific research and consensus goes. Doctors and supposed experts aren’t even on agreement in terms of the frequency of scalp massage, let alone if the massager products are any good. The causes of hair loss in an individual could be environmental and linked to genetic or lifestyle factors, none of which are directly address by scalp massage.
There are anecdotal references to the hair regrowth benefits according to numerous websites, but no cold hard facts quite yet. A 2016 story at Huffington Post even notes how different creams and products used could impact the effectiveness of scalp massage. Earlier this month when we discussed natural hair regrowth methods, we even noted a few natural oils that could be used during scalp massage.
Can Scalp Massage Reverse Balding?
We still need scientific evidence to say anything with certainty. As of now, your mileage may vary.
We have heard scalp massage helped people with thinning hair or brittle hair experience fuller, healthier hair. However, we have yet to see trusted, irrefutable evidence of scalp massage reversing male pattern baldness or female hair loss.
Why Professional Care By Experts Is Best
While scalp massage can relieve stress and potentially promote hair regrowth, hair transplant surgery and professional hair restoration methods are backed up by science and decades of results. Our team of hair transplant experts can determine the ideal method of treatment for you and offer insight into the treatment process.
Learn More About Hair Restoration
To learn more about hair restoration methods and which one may be best for you, be sure to contact a skilled hair restoration surgeon. You can reach the offices of True & Dorin Medical Group by phone in NYC at (866) 629-0866, in Boston at (617) 854-7490, and in Short Hills, NJ at (973) 218-2547.