A Preventive Method for Scalp Soreness and Hair Loss
A major contributor to hair loss is reduced blood supply to the scalp. Stress and aging can reduce circulation and vasculature in subcutaneous tissues all over the head. Does your scalp feel sore to the touch? If so, you may be losing hair due to reduced blood flow and the accompanying reductions in oxygen and nutrients.
Try a few things first:
1) Poke your scalp with a knuckle in different places
2) Massage your scalp pressing firmly
3) Hold an electric massager to different points on your scalp
If any of these feel sore or painful, you should do them more often to improve vascularity and circulation to your poor, deprived hair follicles. Your scalp is sore because the circulation is poor. Sore scalp has been closely associated with alopecia (androgenic and others), male pattern baldness, diminished microcirculation, reduced microcapillary perfusion, and the resultant miniaturization of follicles. Scalp massage is indicated by some doctors and there are other angiogenic methods of increasing circulation but these are usually performed in a less-than-optimal way and do not demonstrate clinically significant results. I think that there is one good way to effectively stimulate increased circulation.
My intervention is very simple and quick to perform, and largely reduces scalp soreness in only one week. Do the following:
1) Take the heel of your palm and press firmly down on the top of your head.
2) Move your hand in a circular motion while pressing very firmly.
3) Try to move your hand in very wide circles, attempting to stretch the scalp as far as it will go in each direction.
4) Take about one second’s time to circle in 360 degrees.
5) Do this all over the scalp focusing on the areas that are the most sore for a total of 2-5 minutes.
6) Be sure to focus on the hairline and forehead.
This area is tight in most people because the forehead muscles become strained and tense from social signaling. When we constantly raise and furrow our eyebrows these muscles remain tonically active selfishly eating up the blood supply to the general area. Relaxing the muscles in the face and head, especially in the forehead can mitigate this problem. Icing the forehead helps as well, and is similarly very painful at first, but after a few sessions, the ice packs are calming and feel good.