Why You Should Oil Your Scalp

This scenario may sound familiar: A child sitting between a mother's knees, as the mother parts and oils the scalp in preparation for hairstyling.

Many of us remember this ritual from childhood. Maybe you had that ubiquitous jar of Ultra Sheen (blue or green) sitting in your bathroom; maybe your mom used something different. That was the rule back then: to oil the scalp. Do you still need to do that today?

It's really up to you whether or not you want to oil your scalp. For some people, it just feels good to apply a light oil to your fingers and massage the scalp before styling the hair. Other people have dry scalps that benefit from the moisture.

However, it's not necessary to oil the scalp. You may have an oily scalp that doesn't need any additional oil; yes, you can have dry black hair with an oily scalp. It may not be the norm, but it happens. Your hair is what requires moisture, which is why you apply products to it and not necessarily your scalp.

If you like the feeling you get from oils applied to your scalp, feel free to do so, keeping these points in mind.

Avoid Petroleum-Based Products

Clogs pores and weighs hair down. 

Use Natural Oils

Grapseed, Argan, Castor (Jamaican Black), & Avocado Oil are all great.  

Oil as Needed

You may not need to oil your scalp every day, even if this was common practice for you as a child. Learn to recognize your hair's particular needs, which may differ season to season and can be very different from other people in your own family. Examine your scalp: Is it tight? Does it itch? Then maybe you could benefit from a light application of oil. If it feels smooth, it's not flaky and it's clean, then skip the oil. You may need to oil your scalp once a week or once a month. Winter might see a weekly scalp oiling, while this is a practice you skip in the summer. The bottom line on scalp oiling: do what feels right for you and your scalp and hair.


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