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How To Do A Scalp Massage For Your Next #SelfCareSunday

This relaxing routine will help you keep your scalp clean, healthy, and free from dryness and itchiness

Release tension and nurture skin health when you incorporate a salon-style scalp massage into your hair care regimen. Once a week, indulge in a more intensive shampooing and conditioning routine in order to get the mentally and physically soothing benefits of a deep cleaning wash. By combining a thorough scalp and hair cleansing with a potent but nourishing shampoo, you will boost hair health starting at the scalp—all while enjoying a relaxing treat. Here’s how.  

Make sure your hair is very wet.

One common mistake people make when washing their hair at home is to rush this first step. For a professional-style scalp massage, you’ll need to make sure that every strand is soaking wet. Not only will this make it easier to work your fingers through your hair for a good massage, it will also be the base for creating a foamy lather for the shampoo—meaning you’ll be getting a deeper clean. To get your hair very wet, simply stand under the shower for about a minute. If you have dense hair, it will help to flip your hair or part it to guarantee that the water runs from root to tip.  

Use a shampoo that addresses the needs of your scalp and hair.

Once you’ve soaked your hair, lather shampoo through your scalp and hair. The best way to cleanse your scalp without compromising your hair health is to use a sebum-busting anti-dandruff shampoo that doesn’t dry out your strands.  Dove’s Dermacare Scalp shampoo will is a dermatologist-recommended formula that is potent enough to clear dandruff, while gentle enough to keep hair smooth and soft.


Massage your scalp in a figure-eight motion.

Using the pads of your fingertips, work Dove’s Dermacare Scalp shampoo through your scalp and hair, creating a foamy lather. Do this with the pads of your fingertips while applying good pressure to stimulate blood circulation and release tension. Make sure to work the lather throughout your hair, down to the tips. Remember to pay attention to your hairline while shampooing your scalp. Makeup can build up along the top and sides of your face, so it is important to shampoo well in these areas.  

Rinse thoroughly.

Be sure that no shampoo residue is leftover on your scalp and hair.  

Optional: Shampoo a second time

If you have the time, lather your hair with Dove’s Dermacare Scalp shampoo a second time. The first wash removed dirt and buildup, but this second wash will cleans the scalp. We know that dryness and itchiness can be exacerbated by factors such as not getting enough sunlight, being in cold, dry areas (such as an air conditioned room) for long periods of time, an unbalanced diet, and even stress. So, to promote the health of your scalp, work the shampoo around your head again. Its ingredients consist of Octopirox, an antimicrobial agent that will fight dandruff at its source, and sunflower seed oil, which restores and protects your scalp and hair. Rinse thoroughly.


Apply conditioner.

Once you’ve rinsed your hair, apply conditioner. Dove’s Dermacare Scalp conditioner is specially formulated to supplement the anti-dandruff properties of its shampoo counterpart. Use this soothing and moisturizing conditioner to maximize the effects of the shampoo. Saturate the conditioner at the tips of your hair to smoothen any tangles. Rinse thoroughly.  


To ensure the effects of this #SelfCareSunday scalp massage and hair wash last as long as possible, use hairstyling products sparingly throughout the week as this could cause unwanted buildup, which leads to dryness and itchiness. Additionally, refrain from putting products directly on your scalp. But if you must, such as in the case of applying a hair volumizer to your roots, limit your product use to just one.

Follow this weekly routine to give yourself a rejuvenating scalp massage and hair wash, while also helping to boost hair and scalp health.