It’s true that your scalp health can affect your hair’s appearance. After all, your hair grows from the hair follicles that are located beneath the surface of your scalp. According to some sources, improving scalp circulation may actually promote hair growth by increasing the flow of nutrient-rich blood to the follicles within the scalp. Keep reading to learn more about how you can increase scalp circulation to help support healthy hair growth.
What is Scalp Circulation?
Your scalp is criss-crossed with thousands of tiny blood vessels. These blood vessels deliver oxygen and nutrients to the cells that make up your scalp, including your hair follicles.
Your hair follicles require certain vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients like amino acids in order to grow strong hair. Your hair follicles receive these nutrients through your blood vessels. This is the basis of why experts believe that improved scalp circulation can help promote hair growth.
First, eat a good diet, or take a hair growth† supplement like Viviscal that’s rich in vitamins, minerals and amino acids. Then, increase scalp circulation. In this case, the improved blood flow to your scalp can help nourish hair follicles with more of the nutrients they need for growth.*
4 Ways to Increase Blood Flow to Scalp
So how do you increase scalp circulation? Anything that gets your blood moving (like exercise) will help promote circulation to your entire body, and that includes your scalp. But if you want to target your scalp specifically, try these tips to invigorate your scalp and boost circulation:
1. Wash with Menthol Shampoo
One way to invigorate your scalp is to wash hair with a shampoo formulated with menthol. Menthol has a refreshing aroma and tingly feeling that stimulates the scalp. When shampooing, give your scalp a vigorous massage for several minutes. This will also help deliver more blood flow to the scalp and hair follicles (more on this below).
2. Add Peppermint Oil to Your Shampoo
Like menthol, peppermint essential oil has a tingly, invigorating feeling. You can make your own peppermint shampoo blend by adding a few drops of peppermint essential oil to Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Shampoo and washing hair thoroughly. (Hint: always follow with Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Conditioner for lightweight moisture that leaves hair looking thicker.)
3. Take a Cold Shower
While we all love a nice hot shower, adding cold water to your bathing routine can help boost circulation to your scalp and the rest of your skin and scalp.
We’re not advocating for an end to hot showers altogether! Instead, try alternating hot and cold water in the shower. And then rinse your hair with cold water after shampooing and conditioning. This will not only help improve blood flow to your scalp, but cold water actually helps seal the hair cuticle to minimize post-shower frizz.
4. Give Yourself a Scalp Massage
Scalp massage is another easy way to increase blood flow to your scalp. When you’re washing your hair, use your fingertips to gently massage your scalp in a circulation motion. Begin at the front of your scalp and work your way back. You can also do scalp massages even when you’re out of the shower, sitting at your desk at work or when you’re watching TV. Not only will this improve circulation to your hair follicles, but it can also help relieve stress and tension.
Improving scalp circulation can help to promote hair growth by delivering more of the nutrients in your blood to “feed” your hair follicles. Of course, you need to be sure you’re consuming proper nutrients for optimal hair growth! That’s why it’s so important to eat a diet with plenty of lean proteins, healthy fats, and fresh vegetables. And take Viviscal hair growth† supplements, formulated with iron, vitamin C, zinc, biotin, horsetail plant extract, and an exclusive AminoMar™ marine complex to promote healthy-looking hair growth.†*
Try combining one of these methods to increase scalp circulation with Viviscal supplements for best results!*
†Existing hair growth