The Ends VS. The Roots

First off let me say that I am new to this site. I love it so much!! Thanks for all the inspiration and useful tips. It is truly helping me to become a more knowledgeable & confident woman with my transitioning hair this time around.

I've been doing a lot of research on how to properly moisturize my hair. I fully understand the importance of this but my concern is my scalp. I see a lot of focus is being placed on products like moisturizers & sealants but no mention of hair grease or any kind of lubrication for the scalp itself.

This is strange to me because for years I've used some kind of grease (hair food, blue magic, etc) because that is what I was taught by my mother and the women before her.


Here are my question : Is greasing your scalp bad or good and is it even necessary at all? Also, which part of the hair is the most important? The scalp/roots or the ends?
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I personally do not put anything on my scalp. When I would oil or grease my scalp it always became flaky and irritated. I agree with Keythema from Youtube that you don't need to oil your scalp because it can cause build up, but at the same time I have seen plenty of people use castor oil on their scalp and have good results. It probably depends on what your hair likes. I think the roots and the ends are both equally important and should be taken care of to prevent damage.

Last edited by k.lee; 06-23-2011 at 01:41 PM.
It's neither bad nor good. I would recommend using a light oil for a scalp massage. Avoid mineral oil on your scalp as it clogs pores and can buildup.

All you hair is important, but it's very important to take care of your ends as they are the oldest/weakest/most vulnerable part of your hair. So you need to protect them more than say, your roots

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I oil my scalp and massage it at the same time. I guess it's not for everybody. My hair just produces seemingly ZERO sebum, so my scalp gets very very dry. I could not wash my hair for weeks and still have a bone dry scalp and dry roots. So I use non-irritant natural oils/balms on my scalp for a massage a few times a week (well, twice - once when I pre-poo and once midweek if I remember to) or on my parts when I'm doing a style with parts.
Scalp is skin and my skin is as dry as a desert rock all over, so it's no wonder my scalp needs help.

I try to look after my ends too, but previously I was transitioning so kept wondering what the point of caring so much for the ends I was going to chop off was, and now I have a TWA, so I don't really have 'ends' yet, just hair! Lol!

Last edited by Jo Somebody; 06-23-2011 at 02:10 PM.
Is greasing your scalp bad or good and is it even necessary at all?
Originally Posted by MissAvie
I don't know if it's bad or good. All I know is I'm not a fan of leaving product or butter/oils on my scalp for extended periods of time.

Also, which part of the hair is the most important? The scalp/roots or the ends?
Originally Posted by MissAvie
Both. I do things to keep my scalp happy (pre-poos w/ oil and hair rinses) and my ends happy (keeping them stretched and moisturized). With respect to length retention, it's best to pay more attention to your ends as they are what matter more.
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First off let me say that I am new to this site.
Originally Posted by MissAvie
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I've been doing a lot of research on how to properly moisturize my hair. I fully understand the importance of this but my concern is my scalp. I see a lot of focus is being placed on products like moisturizers & sealants but no mention of hair grease or any kind of lubrication for the scalp itself.

This is strange to me because for years I've used some kind of grease (hair food, blue magic, etc) because that is what I was taught by my mother and the women before her.


Here are my question : Is greasing your scalp bad or good and is it even necessary at all? Also, which part of the hair is the most important? The scalp/roots or the ends?
Originally Posted by MissAvie

Some people have problems with dry skin/scalp, so greasing their scalp helps to keep their scalp moisturised. Greasing the scalp also helps to soften, and smooth the scalp if someone has a scalp condition.

Petroleum based products (like blue magic) are known to block the follicles so they are not recommended. Natural oils and butters are preferable as they absorb into the skin. However, some natural oils and butters can cause spots.

I only grease my scalp if I'm wearing my hair in a style wear my scalp is exposed (such as braids or flat twists). When my scalp is exposed it dries out quickly because the moisture evaporates from my skin. However, when I am wearing my hair in a style where my scalp is covered my hair keeps my scalp moisturised so it doesn't dry out (and there is no need to grease my scalp).

ETA- I grease my scalp with Avocado butter

Last edited by AlikaIssa; 06-24-2011 at 08:29 AM.
I believe in starting with the basics before adding extra things. If your scalp is perfectly fine without the grease or oil , there is no reason to create an extra step in your regimen

Umm the first ingredient for most hair grease in the market is mineral oil , like coilynapp said if u must oil your scalp look for a natural oil like coconut or almond etc .

And yes your ends need the most attention, but I pay a lot of attention to my scalp, I ensure I am shampooing the right way to remove dirt and massage my scalp at the same time

Last edited by ttlolla; 06-24-2011 at 08:22 AM.
Well, I put product on my scalp once a week. If not it will get dry, itchy and possibly get dandruff. Lol.

And old habits die hard so I still use hair grease on my scalp. Never had a problem growing. But that's just me.

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Thanks ladies. I really think I've been using too many heavy products on my scalp. Going to try avoiding that and if I do feel the need to apply something it will definitely have to be something light. Maybe like castor oil or jojoba oil.
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Poos /Condit -
Shea Moisture (SM) Moisture Retention, Tresemme Naturals, Terressentials
DC - SM Deep Treatment Masque, Aubrey Organics GPB

Leave ins - KCKT, Giovanni DLI
Oils - Castor, Argan, Grapeseed, Shea Butter, Jojoba,
Rosemary
Moisturizers - SM Curl Enhancing Smoothie, SM Moisture Mist

My Natural Hair Journey

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