Oiling your scalp is not…
► Going to stop dandruff and in many cases it will increase it. Putting oil on dandruff feeds the fungus (dandruff is caused by a fungus called malassezia) and only aggravates the condition.
Scratching it doesn’t help either. There are many dandruff shampoos on the market and some are even natural but all I do is add a few drops of tea tree oil* to my cleanser and apply to my scalp. It works wonders.
► Going to make your hair grow faster or better. As mentioned above it may clog the pores (if applied heavily) and keep the true moisturizers from softening your hair like water and leave in conditioners.
► Necessary on a regular schedule. Even if you feel your scalp needs some oil do not feel it must be a set schedule. You may need to apply some oil to your scalp more in the winter and not at all during the summer.
If your scalp is tight or itchy a light application of a carrier oil such as Jojoba oil*, coconut oil* or olive oil* may be necessary. If your scalp is smooth, non-flaky or clean it shouldn’t need any oil application at all.
Massaging the scalp helps blood circulation to the head and face and that increased circulation at the hair roots can promote healthy hair growth. Applying a good oil like Olive* or Jojoba* oils to our fingertips and massaging it into our scalp is a great way to get the oil into your scalp if you feel you need it and to get the blood circulation to the hair roots. Jojoba oil* is very similar to the sebum that your scalp naturally produces and is great for your hair and your entire bod.
Note – Many shampoos and conditioners already have natural oils in them that not only clean and moisturize your hair but keep your scalp healthy and at the right balance. If you are using cleansers and conditioners with natural oils additional oils may not be necessary.
Oiling your scalp is not necessary but it may be needed from time to time. Which oils to use are just as important to your hair care routine as anything else but please steer clear of hair grease!
I know old habits die hard but remember as you embark on your hair journey that many old habits will succumb to new routines and better knowledge about our hair and what it needs to stay healthy and happy.
Originally posted 2014-02-18 15:00:15.