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Give yourself an ancient, at-home spa treatment that’s the energetic equivalent of taking a bath, getting a foot rub, drinking a magic elixir, and petting a cute baby animal all at the same time. Just try it.
“I love a classic Ayurvedic oil scalp massage. It’s a really calming ritual that helps keep the scalp healthy while stimulating creative energy, relieving headaches, and repairing frayed nerves. It’s great for rebalancing the mind from the overstimulation of everyday life. You can use an herbal infused oil (I like this one) or just organic sesame or coconut oil.”
- Brush hair for 5-10 minutes with a natural bristle brush.
- Boil water and put in a heat proof bowl.
- Pour 2-3 tablespoons of the oil in a small jar and place in the bowl with hot water.
- After a few minutes, test the temperature of the oil with your fingers. You want it to be warm but not so hot that you burn yourself.
Starting at the crown of your head, rub in the oil by working downward and outward with your fingertips.
- Massage your scalp using a pinching motion, bringing the fingertips and thumbs together, then releasing. Move hands forward and back, then side to side, covering the entire head.
- Next, make slow and small circles on the scalp with your fingertips, maintaining an even, enjoyable pressure as you work from the hairline back to the base of the skull.
- To finish the massage, rub your whole palm in wide circles all over your scalp. Don’t forget to show a little love to your neck!
- To finish, make sure all the oil is coating the hair. Braid it, put a bandana on it, or comb it back and leave the oil on for 20 minutes as you relax. (Phone free. Just a suggestion…)
- To wash out the oil, shampoo your hair once (or twice if it still feels too oily), or use an apple cider vinegar rinse to get the oil out. But remember, the oil is great for your hair and scalp, so don’t overly wash or scrub it all out.
- Once your hair dries, try to stop obsessively petting your own head.