If you've ever had your hair professionally shampooed at a salon, you know the calming luxury of a scalp massage firsthand. However, you may not know that there is a method to your stylist's madness. He's not only giving you the star treatment, he's employing a massage technique that traces its roots back to the ancient Indian art of ayurveda, which focuses on preventing problems before they occur. In addition to bestowing a sense of peacefulness and calm, a scalp massage can also increase blood flow and lymphatic drainage in the head, both of which purportedly stimulate hair follicles in the scalp [source: Osborn].
So, next time you lather up, take your time and really massage your scalp, rubbing the pads of your fingers firmly against your head in small circles [source: Rooks]. You might also consider investing in a scalp massage brush, which can be used while you shampoo or on dry hair.