Should you oil your scalp? Find out with our quick pros and cons lists!
While there are a few downsides, there are lots of good things about using hair oils.
When was the last time you oiled your scalp? We habitually engage in dangerous hair practices that strip our hair of its essential oils and nutrients. Applying excessive shampoos, excessive hair washing and not applying enough conditioner are unhealthy practices for your scalp. Hair oils can moisturize the scalp and stimulate its pores to produce more healthy, natural oils. But keep in mind that however beneficial oiling the scalp may be for many people, it might not be right for everyone. Check out these pros and cons to help you decide if oiling your scalp is for you:
Let's start with some downsides of using oil:
- Oil gathers the pollutants and dust in the air
- Over-oiling can create greasy-looking hair
- Heavy oils can weigh hair down
Here are many upsides to using hair oil:
- Massaging oil into your hair stimulates blood circulation and relaxes your body
- Oil gives hair extra shine
- Oiling your scalp growth and add moisture
- Oiling scalp can counteract dandruff and dry scalp
- Oil conditions your hair and prevents it from being brittle and dull
- Some oils like castor oil and coconut oil promote hair growth
- Hot oil treatments lock in added moisture, increasing shine, body and bounce.
Many oils can be mixed to create blends for hair conditioning. Here are some oils that promote healthy hair:
- Jojoba oil is good for dry hair. It helps soften hair and can be used to detangle hair before shampooing
- Olive oil strengthens and nourishes hair
- Coconut oil adds lubrication to the hair. It's useful for damaged hair due to it's ability to strengthen it
- Rosemary herbal oil is useful for unwanted and flaky dandruff problems.
Remember a few things about hair oils. Not all hair oils are created equal. Try to avoid products with petroleum; they clog your pores and weigh your hair down. Use natural oils instead and only oil your scalp as needed.