Stimulating your hair follicles is one way to promote hair growth. In addition to changing your diet and taking nutritional supplements, stimulating your hair follicles can help your hair grow a little faster than average. All of these methods have been proven to work. They are mainly natural methods of stimulating hair follicles that you can use at home.
Method 1 of 4: Massaging your scalp
Step 1. Decide if you want to use oil in your scalp massage
Many professionals recommend massaging oil into the scalp during a scalp massage. This not only stimulates the hair follicles, but also nourishes the scalp and hair roots. If you don't use oil, you're probably pulling and tangling your hair. The following oils are recommended, among others:
- coconut oil
- jojoba oil
- Olive oil
- almond oil
- egg oil
- avocado oil
- Castor oil
Step 2. Decide when to give yourself a scalp massage
You have some options here that mainly depend on whether you want to use oil in your scalp massage or not.
- In the shower while applying shampoo to your hair (no oil needed)
- Before showering
- Before bedtime
Step 3. Warm a small amount of the oil of your choice in a ramekin
If you want to massage your scalp with oil, warm up a small amount of oil. You can heat the oil with boiling hot water, or in a saucepan over low heat on the stove.
It is recommended not to use more than a tablespoon of oil
Step 4. Place your fingertips on your scalp and start massaging your scalp with small circular motions
The pads of your fingertips massage your scalp and stimulate blood flow to your scalp.
If using oil, dip your fingertips into the warmed oil before placing them on your scalp. Then massage the oil into your scalp in small circles. Use only a small amount of oil to prevent your hair from becoming too greasy
Step 5. Massage your entire scalp for up to five minutes
You can section your hair and massage each section for about a minute, or you can treat your entire scalp slowly.
- Touch your scalp in different ways and make different movements. Try kneading, stroking, rubbing, and tapping your scalp.
- Some methods recommend turning your head upside down while massaging your scalp to further stimulate blood flow to the scalp. This method has not been proven to work, so use caution, especially if you are pregnant or have health problems such as frequent dizziness.
Step 6. Wrap an old T-shirt or thin towel around your head or put on a shower cap
Wrapping something around your hair gives the oil time to soak into your hair follicles and hair shaft, giving your scalp and hair even more nourishment. Leave the T-shirt or cloth on your head for up to two hours to allow the oil to soak in.
- Heavy bath towels often cause your hair to break, so an old cotton T-shirt and a light microfiber cloth are good alternatives.
- This step is not necessary if you did not use oil in the scalp massage.
Step 7. Wash your hair thoroughly if you have used oil
Whatever hair type you have, your hair will become greasy if you put too much oil on it. This is especially true if you have fine hair, as oil is usually too heavy for this hair type.
Wash your hair with shampoo and conditioner as you normally do. You may need to shampoo your hair twice to get all the oil out of your hair
Step 8. Buy a scalp massager from the store if you don't want to use oil
You can buy such a massage device at drugstores and beauty salons. With a massager you can massage your scalp without the need for oil. You need batteries for some devices.
Step 9. Massage your scalp two or three times a week
It is not recommended to massage your scalp daily as your hair can become dry if you have to wash the oil out daily. Instead, massage your scalp two or three times a week. You can massage your scalp dry and also massage in the shower when you apply shampoo and conditioner to your hair.
Method 2 of 4: Using essential oils for your scalp massage
Step 1. Buy rosemary oil and peppermint oil
You can buy these types of oil on the internet and at health food stores.
Rosemary oil and peppermint oil have been proven to promote hair growth when massaged into your scalp
Step 2. Add 3-4 drops of both essential oils to a base oil
You can also use all the above oils that you can use for a scalp massage as a base oil. When you massage your scalp with oil, add a few drops of rosemary oil and peppermint oil to the base oil.
- You can also look for shampoos and conditioners that contain both types of oil.
- Do not use essential oils without a base oil, as they can irritate your scalp.
Step 3. Massage the mixture into your scalp
Massage your scalp with your fingertips, not your fingernails. When massaging, make small circular movements. Massage your entire scalp slowly for five minutes.
You can divide your hair into smaller sections if you want to make sure you massage all the sections
Step 4. Leave the oil in your hair to condition your hair and scalp
After your scalp massage, you can choose to leave the oil in for up to two hours. You can wrap an old cotton T-shirt or thin towel around your head, or you can put on a shower cap.
Step 5. Wash your hair thoroughly
You may need to shampoo your hair twice to get all the oil out of your hair. Then treat it with conditioner as you normally do.
Method 3 of 4: Using a boar bristle brush to stimulate your hair follicles
Step 1. Get a natural boar bristle brush
To stimulate your hair follicles as best as possible and to ensure that your scalp produces its own natural oils, it is recommended to use a brush with natural boar bristles.
Step 2. Brush your hair to detangle it
Start brushing at the ends and then slowly work your way to the roots. You can apply a leave-in conditioner or dry conditioner before brushing to prevent knots from forming while brushing.
Step 3. Bend over at the waist to hang your head upside down
You will hang your head upside down briefly so that you can brush the underside of your hair at the nape of your neck.
Step 4. Brush your hair with long, gentle strokes, starting at the nape of your neck
Brush your hair forward over your crown and toward the ends of your hair toward the floor.
- Brush all the hair at the nape of your neck, then work your way up the sides of your head toward the areas next to your ears. You can also set aside strands of hair to brush off areas that are hard to reach.
- Brush your hair for 3-5 minutes.
Step 5. Slowly rise and stand back up
Prevent dizziness by rising slowly to give your body time to adjust.
Step 6. Brush your hair the same way you just did
Start at the roots and work your way down to the ends. Brush your hair for 3-5 minutes and treat the entire top of your head.
- Brush with slow, gentle strokes to stimulate your scalp and prevent hair from breaking.
- If necessary, divide your hair into different sections to brush them separately.
Step 7. Do this up to three times a day
You can brush your hair with a natural boar bristle brush up to three times a day, but it is recommended that you do this at least once a day.
Method 4 of 4: Applying onion juice to your scalp
Step 1. Buy some onions
It is best to make a small amount of onion juice so that the juice does not spoil, but it is useful to have some extra onions on hand so that you can make the next amount.
Step 2. Peel the skin off the onions
Peel the onions with your fingers or cut the onions into pieces so that the skin comes off easily.
Step 3. Decide how you are going to extract the juice from the onions
You have three options for this, depending on which kitchen equipment and tools you have at home:
- A juicer: cut the onions into small pieces and then put them in the press.
- A blender or food processor: Cut the onions into about four pieces and puree them in the blender or food processor. Strain the mixture over a bowl using a metal sieve or piece of cheesecloth so that only the juice is left.
- A grater: cut the onions in half and run the halves over the grater. Strain the grated onion pieces with a piece of cheesecloth over a bowl to extract the juice.
Step 4. Test the onion juice on a small, hidden spot on the skin to see if you are allergic to it
Fresh, pure onion juice is potent and can cause a reaction if you are allergic.
Do not proceed with the rest of the steps if you are allergic
Step 5. Apply the onion juice and massage it into your scalp
Gently pour the juice over your scalp, then use your fingertips to massage the juice into your scalp. By massaging your scalp, your hair follicles are stimulated even more.
Step 6. Leave the onion juice for at least half an hour and up to an hour
For best results, let the onion juice soak into your scalp for at least half an hour.
Step 7. Wash your hair as usual
When the time is up, wash your hair as usual with shampoo and conditioner to get rid of the onion smell.
Step 8. Do this three times a week
It is recommended to perform this method three times a week for several months to get the best results.
- Always use your fingertips when massaging your scalp so you don't scratch and cut your scalp with your fingernails.
- Clean a natural boar bristle brush by running through it with a wide-toothed comb. Lay the comb flat so that it is perpendicular to the bristles and gently push it through the brush to remove any trapped bristles. Then rinse the brush with water and lay it flat on a towel to dry with the bristles down.