Megan Tries It:  An Acupressure Scalp Massage to Do in the Shower

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Megan Tries It

An Acupressure Scalp Massage
to Do in the Shower

Megan O'Neill

Megan O’Neill is the senior beauty editor at goop. Which is another way of saying she has a passion for clean products, loves anything that reduces stress, and will happily guinea pig herself in the name of wellness.

The weather’s finally getting warmer, and Memorial Day will be here in a hot second. The two things I love most about summer in New York City are the searing heat (some wilt; I thrive) and all the aquatic excursions it provokes. When the air is thick and the sun so unrelenting that you’re drenched thirty seconds into your commute, my friends and I hop the A train to Rockaway Beach, where we rotate swimming and basking until the sun is a receding swirl of hot pink and sherbet orange. Or my husband and I take a Zipcar to swim in the falls in Minnewaska State Park, which I think of as the Big Sur of the East Coast.

They make my summer, but salty oceans, secret swimming holes, and hot tubs are unquestionably brutal on my hair. Which is why I’m obsessed with goop’s hair scrub, and why I jumped at the chance to try an in-shower acupressure massage from GP’s acupuncturist, Paul Kempisty.

Kempisty designed it to be deeply calming and resetting—and it is. It feels indulgent, soothing, and grounding all at once. It leaves your hair pristine and your mind preoccupied with nothing but the heavenly sensation of your fingers fluttering and stroking your head. It’s also incredibly simple.

Here’s a two-minute video I made on how to do it—or you can read the instructions below:

goop’s Detox Acupressure Scalp Massage

  1. Start with wet hair. You want it soaked, so you get the full extent of the brilliant lather.

  2. Work one or two generous scoops of the scrub into your hair until the lather is billowing and cloudlike.

  3. Starting at the top center of your forehead and lightly, slowly fan your fingers all the way down either side of your face. Repeat, starting farther back at the top of your head, fanning your fingers all the way down past your ears. Repeat this motion, moving backward each time you start at the top of the head so that you cover the entire head, back to front, top to bottom.

  4. Make little circular scrubbing motions with your fingertips, tracing a fake Mohawk down the center of your head, going front to back. Repeat front to back, moving the path of your fingers laterally farther and farther out each time until you’re scrubbing down either side of your head and hit your ears. Exerting some pressure here feels great.

  5. Follow the same front-to-back course, expanding laterally, but this time, firmly push your fingernails down into your scalp.

  6. Next are pinches: Use your fingertips and thumb to gather little sections of the scalp, again going front to back, fanning farther and farther out.

  7. The last motion is the zipper: Starting at your chin on either side of your head, rake your fingers up to meet at the top center of your head, so ultimately your fingers are intertwined. Do this from the front to the back of the head. The more pressure here, the more intense/euphoric it feels.

These are the musings and opinions of Megan O’Neill based on her own personal experience. Individual responses can vary greatly.