What is the purpose of hair cracking? Read all about this viral trend and whether it actually works!

Written by Kristiyana Burdeva

Ever heard of hair cracking? Hair cracking or scalp popping has become a super viral technique that a lot of people are trying out as a means to help with a headache or migraine. But there are some questions that need to be asked before thinking it’s a good idea to give it a try yourself. Does it actually work? Is there reliable proof that this method can really help with head pain? What are the side effects? Get your answers by reading all about the hair cracking trend!

What is the purpose of hair cracking?

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First, let’s go over the purpose behind hair cracking. This viral technique is used by a lot of people as a means to relieve headache pain. Hair cracking or “popping your scalp”, involves taking a few strands of the hair close to your scalp, wrapping it around your fingers and then pulling the hair away from your head. The method can be performed by yourself, or you can ask someone else to do it for you. If you have applied a lot of pressure, you will hear a popping sound, hence the other name of this trend. People do this as they believe that when they create another point of discomfort, this will ease the headache pain they are experiencing. But does it work?

Does the hair cracking technique work?

You are experiencing a headache or migraine. You perform the technique of hair cracking or scalp popping. The sudden feeling of applied external pressure to your head might make you think that your head pain has subsided. But is that really how it works? Well, no. According to experts, there is no scientific proof that hair cracking actually helps with headaches and migraines. For some people, applying external pressure to their heads can be comforting. However, that doesn’t mean that scalp popping is a real healing method and will get rid of your headache or migraine for good.

Can hair cracking actually be harmful?

Not only is this “head pain relief” technique ineffective, but it can also be harmful to those who practice it. Experts on the subject say that hair cracking and scalp popping can lead to you mistakenly pulling out your hair. You could create folliculitis and even tear your scalp! Furthermore, popping your scalp can cause hair breakage, damage to the hair and hair loss. You might also experience redness or inflammation of your scalp. And you can tear your skin, which can lead to an infection. All in all, better not risk it and skip on the head cracking altogether, okay?

How to naturally relieve headache pain?

What if instead of going for risky and harmful methods that won’t succeed at relieving your headache or migraine pain, you try some natural methods that are actually helpful? There are multiple natural ways to ease your head pain. From drinking plenty of fluids, to increasing your magnesium intake and using essential oils as a pain relief, keep on reading to find out what you can do to help with your headache at home! No scalp popping included!

Cold or hot compress instead of hair cracking

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A super easy and natural way to relieve head pain at home is with a cold or hot compress. When you apply a cold compress to your head, it can help reduce inflammation and constrict blood vessels. This can ease the pain of a headache. How to do it? Wrap some ice in a towel and place it on your forehead or the back of your neck. You can also purchase gel packs made specially for this purpose. Heat can also help to relax tense muscles, which can alleviate headache pain. Place a hot water bottle, wheat bag, or heating pad on your forehead or the back of your neck. Already feeling better?

Relieve head pain with aromatherapy

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Did you know that aromatherapy can also help out with head pain? Certain essential oils, such as lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus, and rosemary, have been found to be effective in relieving tension headaches caused by stress and other factors. If you are experiencing a headache or migraine, mix a few drops of any of the aforementioned essential oils with a carrier oil (jojoba, argan, avocado, etc.). Rub a small amount of the oil mix onto your wrists and temples. You can also place a few drops of an essential oil on a cloth and inhale deeply to relieve head pain.

Coffee as a natural remedy for headaches

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Another natural remedy you can try for relieving the pain of a headache or migraine is to drink a cup of coffee or black tea. Caffeine helps reduce inflammation in the brain, which can help relieve headaches caused by tension or stress. It narrows the blood vessels around the brain, reducing the pain associated with vasoconstriction. It also stimulates the production of endorphins, the body’s natural pain relievers. Not only that, but coffee can also improve your concentration and focus, which can help to take your mind off your headache.

All in all, I would strongly advise against trying out the viral head cracking trend for yourselves. Just because it’s trending, doesn’t mean it will actually help you. And in this case, it can even do you harm. Better to try any of the above-mentioned healthy and natural ways to soothe the pain of a headache or migraine. Stay safe and good luck!




Kristiyana Burdeva is a content writer interested in the latest trends when it comes to hairstyles, fashion, makeup, interior design and tattoos. She loves to travel, and often embarks on road trips with her friends. Kristiyana likes to spend time in nature, going on hikes and camping trips. Ever since she can remember, she has loved to share her personal thoughts and opinions through writing and enjoys reading classical literature works.   Experience 
  • Author at Deavita.net since 2022, Kristiyana has written over 300 articles on various topics related to hairstyles, fashion, makeup, interior design, tattoo art, healthy lifestyle and kitchen recipes.
  • Prior to working at Deavita.net, Kristiyana worked as a freelance writer for various projects.
  • Her interest in hairstyles started back in late 2016 when she first started experimenting with hair dyes, and has been dyeing her own hair and that of close acquaintances ever since
  • Kristiyana has experience in working for a beauty company that sells luxurious cosmetics, which sparked her interest in learning about and establishing a quality skincare routine.
  • When it comes to cooking, she loves trying out new recipes, especially ones with various kinds of spices and herbs, and enjoys cooking for her family and friends.
  • In her yearly years, Kristiyana was very fond of drawing and painting and went on to study Arts for a brief period, and follows many artists on social media till date, tattoo artists included.
Education  Kristiyana went on to study in a specialized high school for English and German, and her love for the languages continues to date. She obtained a bachelor's degree in English and American studies. During her studies, she wrote numerous essays, poetry works, short stories and translated different texts. She was also involved in many volunteering programs, where she helped to educate children that came from unstable communities, or projects connected with the European Solidarity Corps.

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