Do u oil your scalp?

If so, why/why not?

I do hot oil treatments every once in a while because I'm told I "should" but I have no idea why. My mom oiled my scalp every time she shampooed, but I stopped as soon as I got my hands in my hair because of something I saw/heard on Oprah I think.

Anyhow, I'm trying to figure out what the benefits are of oiling my scalp on a more regular basis now that I've cut it off.

How often should I do it and what are the benefits? Also, are you supposed to wash it out right after you let it sit for an hour or two or can I leave it in overnight?

Thanks!
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I do sometimes. I think that the scalp is like other skin on your body, after you clean it you put something to keep the moisture in. I don't always remember to do it but I only put it on a clean scalp.
I'm participating in a Castor Oil Challenge for growth on Hairlista so I oil my scalp twice a week.

Prior to the challenge, I rarely oiled my scalp.

I do find that the castor oil help my hair to hold moisture and I am seeing more growth than usual.

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I'm participating in a Castor Oil Challenge for growth on Hairlista so I oil my scalp twice a week.

Prior to the challenge, I rarely oiled my scalp.

I do find that the castor oil help my hair to hold moisture and I am seeing more growth than usual.
Originally Posted by Kinky Rhonnie
Well that did it for me! I'll be getting some freakin' castor oil THIS AFTERNOON!!!
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Well that did it for me! I'll be getting some freakin' castor oil THIS AFTERNOON!!!
Originally Posted by NubianCoils
Now you know it can be psychological. LOL

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What?! I'm in! Do I have to use castor oil specifically or will any oil do (coconut/neem)? Also, do you apply it to your scalp only or to your hair and then wash it out?
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I do. I'm not in the Castor Oil for growth challenge, though I will be running to check it out immediately , but I do have a Black Castor Oil pomade that I use on my scalp every night. I use a Mega-Tek mix that I use in the morning, and I use the JBCO to help keep the moisture level up between washes. I really like it, but I won't be doing any length checks until the end of August.
Well that did it for me! I'll be getting some freakin' castor oil THIS AFTERNOON!!!
Originally Posted by NubianCoils
Now you know it can be psychological. LOL

I started out neck length in May and am currently shoulder length.
Originally Posted by Kinky Rhonnie
I don't CARE if it grows psychologically, as long as it grows!!

More information, please:

1. Do you use black castor or regular castor or it doesn't matter?

2. Do you just apply and massage in scalp at night or is it more involved, like a rinse or something?

3. Any other specific information you can provide will be greatly appreciated. I am aiming for chin length unstretched by the end of the year!!
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Where can you buy Castor Oil? I've looked in the BSS and it's always a mixture of other stuff. Not Pure Castor Oil or is there no such thing as pure Castor Oil??
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Where can you buy Castor Oil? I've looked in the BSS and it's always a mixture of other stuff. Not Pure Castor Oil or is there no such thing as pure Castor Oil??
Originally Posted by NaturallyCurlyEnnovy
Yes, I've seen it at my local health food store. You can also get it online at Texas Naturals Supply. But I bet if you went to a health food store or Whole Foods or something, you'd find it...
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i only oil my scalp as needed. when i oil my scalp on a regulat or daily basis sometimes it gets too be too much for my skin and my scalp gets gunky and itchy. i do oil my scalp when its gets dry and flaky. once it returns back to normal, i stop.

i can honestly say when i was oiling my scalp on a daily basis with moe grow oil (i dont have a link to the recipe but do a search on nappturality.com), i had 3/4" of growth per month rather than my usual 1/2".
Where can you buy Castor Oil? I've looked in the BSS and it's always a mixture of other stuff. Not Pure Castor Oil or is there no such thing as pure Castor Oil??
Originally Posted by NaturallyCurlyEnnovy
You can get it at the health food store or sams247.com. If you're dealing with a dry scalp, dandruff, etc. You can always just take epo or flax oil and those will clear it right up and keep your scalp, skin, and hair healthy.
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Last edited by lashon20; 07-07-2009 at 04:30 PM.
I stopped oiling my scalp about a year ago. Turns out, it was the oiling of my scalp that was making it all itchy 'n stuff. Now that I stopped, 99% of the itching has gone away as well.
I oil my scalp atleast 3 times a week with raw castor oil (home health brand) that I get from the vitamin shoppe. I've been oiling my scalp nearly all my life but only recently started using natural oil on my scalp. I was using grease for the longest.
Anyhoo, I also add amla and sulfur powder to the castor oil for the extra growth and yes it works. Im going to add brahmi powder next to see what that does for growth.

ETA

I tried not oiling my scalp just to see how my scalp would react and I didn't like it, my scalp needs oil. It gets dry and itchy if I don't oil it with something heavy like castor. anything lighter and I have to oil on a daily basis, my scalp drinks oil up!

i can honestly say when i was oiling my scalp on a daily basis with moe grow oil (i dont have a link to the recipe but do a search on nappturality.com), i had 3/4" of growth per month rather than my usual 1/2".
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I saved this recipe a long time ago from LHCF. I still haven't made any but since you said you saw some good growth I just might invest in the ingredients.

Here is the original recipe and directions. If you don't have the supplies you can order them online.

supplies
one glass jar
6oz of jojoba oil or macadamia nut oil
2oz aloe vera juice/gel
2 tblsp of horsetail herbs
plastic squirt bottle (like the one for hair dye)

1. place oil and herbs in a the jar
2. place jar in a pot of boiling water let the oil heat up
3. remove jar from water and place the top on it let this sit for three days so the herb can infuse with the oil
4. strain oil in to squirt bottle
5. pour in 2oz of aloe
6. shake well and your ready to go
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Last edited by Stephanie198907; 07-07-2009 at 06:38 PM.
Yes a couple of times a week with jojoba oil, and occasionally coconut oil. About once a month as a pre-poo, I use olive oil with a couple of drops of rosemary oil.
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If so, why/why not?

I do hot oil treatments every once in a while because I'm told I "should" but I have no idea why. My mom oiled my scalp every time she shampooed, but I stopped as soon as I got my hands in my hair because of something I saw/heard on Oprah I think.

Anyhow, I'm trying to figure out what the benefits are of oiling my scalp on a more regular basis now that I've cut it off.

How often should I do it and what are the benefits? Also, are you supposed to wash it out right after you let it sit for an hour or two or can I leave it in overnight?

Thanks!
Originally Posted by Crazy Kinky Curly
I do not oil my scalp because I have seborrheic dermatitis and oiling makes it worse. I will sometimes put oil on my hair if it has been feeling particularly dry. Most dermatologist advise not putting oil on you scalp because it is suffocating to the skin and your scalp produces it's on oil.
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ETA

I tried not oiling my scalp just to see how my scalp would react and I didn't like it, my scalp needs oil. It gets dry and itchy if I don't oil it with something heavy like castor. anything lighter and I have to oil on a daily basis, my scalp drinks oil up!

i can honestly say when i was oiling my scalp on a daily basis with moe grow oil (i dont have a link to the recipe but do a search on nappturality.com), i had 3/4" of growth per month rather than my usual 1/2".
Originally Posted by subbrock
Originally Posted by Stephanie198907
It could be your shampoo, when I learned about sls in shampoo and stopped using it my flacks really cut down, it aggravated my seborrheic dermatitis. washing with conditioner and natural shampoos my scalp is shinny and I don't put oil on it. When I used oil my scalp was dull and white most of the time.
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nope! not unless my hair is straightened. then i will apply almond oil or coconut oil to my scal every few days until i wash it down...


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I bought my castor oil online at vitacost.com. It's pretty cheap there and they have a flat rate shipping so I stock up on my natural products, vitamins, stevia, agave nectar, burts bees, giovanni and aubrey organics and it all ships for $5. I think they have it at pharmacies too. Some people use it as a laxative. you just might need to ask where it is.

So 3/4 of an inch in a month huh? Let me reach under the bathroom sink real quick.
If so, why/why not?

I do hot oil treatments every once in a while because I'm told I "should" but I have no idea why. My mom oiled my scalp every time she shampooed, but I stopped as soon as I got my hands in my hair because of something I saw/heard on Oprah I think.

Anyhow, I'm trying to figure out what the benefits are of oiling my scalp on a more regular basis now that I've cut it off.

How often should I do it and what are the benefits? Also, are you supposed to wash it out right after you let it sit for an hour or two or can I leave it in overnight?

Thanks!
Originally Posted by Crazy Kinky Curly
No I don't see the necessity in it. When I was relaxed I always had dry itchy scalp but as a natural my scalp is healthy and I believe the conditioning treatments you do for your hair will generally benefit the scalp so you don't need to worry about oiling. However, if you have a dry scalp then the answer may be different.
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