Oiling Your Scalp Is Not Necessary For Healthy Hair

Ultra sheen hair greaseOiling 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.

Scalp massages

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.

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About Sabrina Perkins


Hello all, I'm Sabrina. I'm a freelance writer and a full-time blogger at my site, http://www.seriouslynatural.org/ where the focus is on Natural hair, beauty and style. I became natural 8 years ago at the tender age of 35 and love sharing my ups and downs as I master this thing called natural hair. Married, with two kids (one being a natural herself) gives me a different perspective on our hair and why I love being natural. I want healthy hair, long hair and sexy hair! I'm an older natural---that's right---I'm grown and sexy, and I have much to share. I love fashion too and recently opened a clothing shop for beautiful black women at www.seriouslynatural.spreadshirt.com

About Sabrina Perkins


Hello all, I'm Sabrina. I'm a freelance writer and a full-time blogger at my site, http://www.seriouslynatural.org/ where the focus is on Natural hair, beauty and style. I became natural 8 years ago at the tender age of 35 and love sharing my ups and downs as I master this thing called natural hair. Married, with two kids (one being a natural herself) gives me a different perspective on our hair and why I love being natural. I want healthy hair, long hair and sexy hair! I'm an older natural---that's right---I'm grown and sexy, and I have much to share. I love fashion too and recently opened a clothing shop for beautiful black women at www.seriouslynatural.spreadshirt.com

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Comments

  1. MiSonia Moore
    MiSonia Moore

    Maybe it should say greasing your scalp is not necessary for healthy hair…the title is kind of misleading

      1. Sherry

        Thanks for sharing your experience. Everyone’s scalp is different. Some naturally produce more oil than others.

    1. Blessedfrom Above
      Blessedfrom Above

      My scalp use to be so flaky and I have researched and tried different oils…find the one that works best…black caster oil, coconut oil, olive oil, emu oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil, argan oil, carrot oil..just to name a few…

    2. Sabrina Richmond Perkins
      Sabrina Richmond Perkins

      Also a few drops of tea tree oil added to your shampoo or cleanser may help with the flaking scalp and for the dryness find products with water within the first 5 ingredients.

    1. Panama M America
      Panama M America

      how do u get past neem odor? I did like it but, I just could’t stand the unrefined neem oil odor. plz share ur secret:)

      1. Sabrina Perkins Post author

        Maybe add a few drops of an essential oil you like? I hate the smell of olive oil and have to add a few drops of lavender to mask it. Hope that helps.

    2. Sabrina Richmond Perkins
      Sabrina Richmond Perkins

      You can mask the smell with a favorite essential oil. That’s what I do with Olive oil. I HATE the smell and add a few drops of lavender oil and I can tolerate it.

    3. Panama M America
      Panama M America

      you know pure Neem oil is a smelly beast. i’m essential oil hoarder. i tried it every which way mix combos, i could think of with my collection. that pure neem is as strong as garlic,onion if anything much more intense.lol it did make my hair feel soo soft. i tried so hard to work with it. it got on my pillow case. i had to throw out my pillow too. its bad odor. on different level than tea tree. its funky. if there is another way to cut thru it and get it under control. ill try it again for sure.

  2. Teyara Smith
    Teyara Smith

    I rarely oil my scalp. I can go a whole year without doing so and my hair grows just fine and seems pretty healthy. I do lots of cowashing though.

  3. Charmel A. Bennett-Bloodsaw
    Charmel A. Bennett-Bloodsaw

    when you put oils on you hair and brush your hair…it transfers to the scalp. At least it does for me. If I put oil directly on my scalp I get no length retention and flaky scalp. Skincare 101 the scalp mimics the the skin on the face.

  4. Consuela Uno
    Consuela Uno

    I stopped “oiling/greasing” mine many, many moons ago, while I was still relaxing. It made mine itch more and I hated the build up. Whatever I put on my hair finds its way to my scalp and that has been enough for me, even after returning to natural. 🙂

  5. Shani Adams
    Shani Adams

    Everyone’s scalp is different. What works for me may not work for the next person. If I do not put oil on my skin and scalp it will become dry, flakey, and itchy. It works for me.

  6. Joya Felton
    Joya Felton

    It really depends on the persons scalp. Some have a very dry scalp so oil is very necessary. But myself, maybe once a month.

  7. See Jay
    See Jay

    You don’t need oil on your scalp to retain length. But I sure need it for my dandruff
    C
    #flakefreeforme

    1. Sabrina Richmond Perkins
      Sabrina Richmond Perkins

      Using natural oils are best but to keep dandruff away there are dandruff shampoos or a few drops of peppermint or tea tree oil add to your shampoo will help with the dandruff.

  8. Tiara Vian
    Tiara Vian

    I never use to oil my scalp and my scalp was not healthy nor did my hair grow very fast (lots of flakes/dandruff). Now that I’m transitioning and I oil my scalp with jojoba and lavender oil for my itchy scalp, my hair growth has improved dramatically as has my scalp. I don’t do it regularly, but when needed. I also use jojoba oil in my deep conditioners and it works wonders. My itchy scalp hasn’t been completely eradicated, but it’s getting there. No to the grease, yes to the natural oils!

  9. Blessedfrom Above
    Blessedfrom Above

    I use to oil my scalp for many years because we didnt know any better…however now with the oils that penetrate the hair I find that I dont have to oil my scalp…its not dry, flaky, or itchy…

  10. Tonya Brooks DeBrow
    Tonya Brooks DeBrow

    It all depends on the type of hair/scalp. Some hair holds moisture and it’s own oil very well which doesn’t require constant oiling. other types not so much. My scalp requires it 2-3 times a week. It’s like it drinks it up. Just listen to your hair it tells you what it needs. I use coconut oil raw unrefined cold pressed kind, olive oil, jojoba oil and castor oil.

  11. melanie washington

    I wouldnt use hair grease but with temps dropping into 8 and below lately I have been using my natural oils more. This has been the toughest winter for my moisture balance and its not over yet

  12. Alx Edg
    Alx Edg

    Nope! Oiling my scalp works for me. The misconception I had up to about 3 wks ago was that oiling meant I was moisturizing my hair.

    1. NubianPrize

      Same weather here plus very dry air & tons of snow !! I found that i was using up my expensive Qhemet too fast & decided to seal over it or a leave in with grease. Don’t fear using it. Dax & Blue magic will keep hair moisturized for days & you can refresh with water or SCurl between wash days

  13. Krista

    Ladies,

    Let me say something about silicones, petrolatum and mineral oil. They are not BAD, they are occlusive, there is a difference. They can weigh hair own and stifle scalp if over used. But if lightly use they are OKAY!! These substances create a thick layer on the hair, that doesn’t let water in or out. Consequently things with mineral oil for example can be very effective sealants. This is why for some people products with these ARE effective in maintaining hair health. I would dare to say that they are okay to use for MOST hair types. The issue presents if you have fine hair, use lots of products or wash your hair infrequently (for example monthly). In these situations occlusive agents will promote product build up and can compromise the integrity of the hair and scalp. The term BAD connotes an idea that these things are somehow going to ruin you hair health, which can be true depending on use. However, if these substances are included in a product this is not license to assume the product is bad for your hair. If you listen to you hair’s needs, darn near anything can be effective, and your hair will thrive. So please can we put to bed the term BAD when referring to Petrolatum, Mineral Oils and silicones.

    Signed,

    A Scientist Hairlista

    1. Sabrina Perkins Post author

      THanks for sharing but for many women they do attract dirt and clog the scalp as well as keep water from getting in so to me and many they are considered bad for the hair.

  14. shelly

    Yea, this does not go for everybody. If I do not oil my scalp then its flakeville soon after my hair dries. I understand scalp very well as I suffer from scalp eczema and researched a lot. Using natural oils to oil my scalp is necessary. It also does not make dandruff worse as the post stated. If I do not oil then the dandruff will come.

    **Also adding tea tree oil to your oil bottle helps dandruff tremendously.

    1. Panama M America
      Panama M America

      feel cleaner w/o all the unnecessary extra goo+odor. ppl get used to the odors, relying on the hair products scent to carry to them2 next wash day. builds up after day2 add the layers over days. heads stinky.lol

  15. Shelley Washington
    Shelley Washington

    Yes I also added a scented oil I added vanilla waited 2 day cause its very potent and takes a bit for aroma to settle. Love it !!! I add castor oil, neem oil, avacado oil, coconut oil, argan oil, almond oil and 5000 mg biotin capsule along with fresh rosemary leaves let it all marinade for 2-3 days and apply to hair ends, scalp when needed and conditioners. I 2-strand twist out nightly with water spritz and oil plus leave in and put on bonnet and massage my scalp with bonnet on my head so no scalp irritation.

  16. Shelley Washington
    Shelley Washington

    I also use t-shirt on my pillow at night and use that same t-shirt on co wash days then wash it and dry back on for next 3-4 days soaks in oils and repeat every 3-4 days.

  17. Shelley Washington
    Shelley Washington

    I always get compliments asking wats that im wearing lol I use coconut oil on my skin daily and I use Egyptian musk oil so I guess it blends in well with the oils that are in my hair.

  18. Cynthia Lawson
    Cynthia Lawson

    My scalp itches a lot more when I use oils, so I don’t do it anymore. At first it felt strange, but I am embracing it now. It really is about what works for the individual.

  19. Delores Richards
    Delores Richards

    @Panama, I only use about three drops of neem oil whenever I use it and I add a lot of peppermint or lavender oil along with grapeseed oil or almond oil. I usually massage this mix then co wash but I’ve left it in before and I could only smell the peppermint, not the neem. Hope this helps.

  20. NubianPrize

    I quit oiling my scalp many years ago. Mom used to do it when i was a kid but never with a heavy hand. Anyhow, Last fall I went back to using grease as a sealant after shampooing & conditioning my hair. The winter weather was wreaking havoc on my hair last winter & even worse this year. Last year we had no snow & I just used my Qhemet & wore a wig all winter. This year we’ve had a LOT of snow & the breakage got worse & I needed heavy duty protection, so i got some Blue Magic, Dax, & Kuza. Had to see which worked best since I’d never used any of them. Long story short, my hair stays moisturized & soft for days. I just refresh with water,rosemary tea or S Curl. I’m also retaining length very well & no more split ends & breakage. I only use it on my hair with a very light hand…a fingertip tip … on 10-12 sections before twisting it up. very little ,if any, gets on my scalp. Hair doesn’t get greasy at all. From now on it’s grease in fall & winter !!

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