Do Head Massagers Work?

There are many massagers that can be used on all parts of the body. There are, however, some massagers which are designed for use on a specific area of the body.

One such device is a head massager. These come in a wide variety of designs with some being handheld, and others which are worn on the head like a helmet.

While head massagers are popular, the question is often asked by those who have never used one, ‘Do head massagers work?’ So, to answer that question, and hopefully several more, we are going to take a closer look at head massagers and identify some of their main benefits.

What are Head Massagers?

Head massagers are devices whose purpose is to stimulate the scalp and head muscles. Most head massagers are cordless and weigh very little so they can be held easily and without discomfort if they are handheld massagers. The other type of head massager is a helmet type which sits on your head during its use.

The principle behind head massagers is that they stimulate the muscles in your head, and as such relax them. The reduction in the tension which has existed can reduce or eliminate many undesirable conditions.

Massagers can do this with the use of massage pads which are fitted to the massager head. These come in many different shapes and sizes and are often interchangeable. This means that you can select the specific way in which you want the head massager to help you by changing which massage pad is being used.

The most common type of massage pad, or node as they are often called, is circular and it has multiple bristles which are what come into contact with your head. Normally these pads are made from silicone so the bristles are flexible and can move when the massager is being used.

Head massagers allow you to adjust the speed at which they are vibrating so you can set it to what you find the most effective or comfortable speed.  As it is in use the motion that a head massager can differ. Here are the main ones:

  • Kneading: Gently compresses your skin
  • Vibration: Normally found on helmet massagers
  • Percussion: A very fast motion with repeated impacts
  • Tapping: Used to stimulate muscles

Benefits of Using a Head Massager

There are many reasons why someone might use a head massager, simply because the number of benefits that they can provide the user is considerable. The types of benefits differ greatly as you are about to discover.

Treatment for Migraines and Headaches

Migraine sufferers can limit both the frequency and the intensity of migraines and the same applies to a normal headache. With tense muscles regarded as one of the primary causes of migraines and headaches, a head massager’s ability to relax muscles goes a long way to eliminating the tension within them.

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Overcoming Insomnia

Those who suffer from insomnia and irregular sleeping patterns can benefit from a head massager. It can increase the level of relaxation a person has and if used immediately before bedtime, it can put them in the correct state of mind and body for getting a good night’s sleep.

Reducing Stress

Massage has long been associated with the reduction of stress, and head massagers can certainly play a big part in helping anyone with stress to reduce it. While relaxed muscles cannot guarantee someone won’t experience stress, they certainly can contribute to a calmer frame of mind, and less anxiety.

Reducing Dandruff

Dandruff is a condition which many people have tried to deal with using all sorts of shampoos and scalp treatments. However, an alternative remedy is to use a head massager.

The reason it helps is that as it massages your scalp, the scalp’s natural oils are more evenly and effectively spread across your hair follicles. This acts as a natural moisturizer for your hair which in turn helps keep dandruff in check.

Promoting Hair Growth

A hair massage can help stimulate hair growth in several ways. We’ve already mentioned that it spreads the scalp’s natural oils, but in addition to that, it stimulates blood circulation. This has many benefits, but one of the most important is that it nourishes hair follicles and thus keeps hair healthier, thicker and stronger.


As you can see there are several benefits that are accrued from using a head massager. Hair massagers can offer physical benefits, such as hair growth. They can help with afflictions such as insomnia and migraine, and perhaps most importantly they can assist in keeping you free of stress and anxiety, thanks to their muscle-relaxing capability.

An avid yoga practitioner, massage enthusiast, and wellness advocate since 2008. From then on, she has helped countless people alleviate muscle pains, tension and stress, to ultimately achieve wellness and balance in life.