Hey Honey! Today we're going to chat about a hair care practice that's been around for centuries - scalp oiling. You've probably seen it blowing up on TikTok lately, but is it really worth the hype? Let's dive in and find out!
Where did this trend come from?
If you found out about scalp oiling on TikTok, you might consider this a new trend. But in reality scalp oiling has been around for centuries and is believed to have originated in ancient civilisations. The use of oils for hair care can be traced back to ancient Egypt, where women would use various oils, including castor oil, almond oil, and olive oil, to moisturise their hair and scalp. For thousands of years, oils have been used for hair care in India also, where they are an integral part of Ayurvedic medicine.
In the African context, scalp oiling has been a long-standing tradition for hair care. Oiling the scalp is an essential part of many African cultures and has been passed down from generation to generation. In many African cultures, hair is seen as a symbol of identity and is treated with great care and respect. The purpose of oils in hair care is to help strengthen hair and promote healthy new growth.
What *actually* is scalp oiling?
In recent years, scalp oiling has become increasingly popular in the Western world, as more people have become interested in natural and holistic hair care practices. Simply put, scalp oiling is a hair care practice that involves applying natural oils to the scalp. The oils are typically massaged into the scalp using circular motions, which helps to stimulate blood flow and nourish the hair follicles. Scalp oiling can be done using a single oil or a blend of different oils, depending on the individual's hair type and needs.
Is it really worth it?
One of the key benefits of scalp oiling is that it helps to moisturise the scalp. This is particularly important for individuals with dry or sensitive scalps, as dryness can lead to flakiness, itching, and dandruff. By moisturising the scalp, you can help to alleviate these issues and promote a healthy, hydrated scalp. Let’s face it - afro hair can get pretty damn dry, especially if you’re constantly straightening or heat styling. So scalp oiling is a great way to give your scalp some much-needed hydration. It's like giving your scalp a good drink of water, but with oil instead!
Dandruff is a real pain in the you-know-what, but thankfully scalp oiling can help combat the problem. When you massage oil into your scalp, it helps to break down the buildup of dead skin cells and excess sebum that can often lead to dandruff. But with that being said, dandruff can also be caused by poor diet, fungal infections, and sensitivity to hair care products, so it's important to seek professional guidance if it's a chronic issue for you.
Our REGROW Scalp Oil Treatment has proven highly effective against a dry, flaky scalp due to the rosemary oil content. Rosemary oil is an effective natural remedy for dandruff, with anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties that help to soothe an irritated scalp. Despite what you might have seen on the internet, it is not recommended to apply rosemary oil directly to your scalp without diluting it first. Essential oils are highly concentrated and can be too potent when used undiluted, causing skin irritation, burning, and even allergic reactions in some people.
How else can scalp oiling benefit me?
Who doesn't want long, healthy hair? Scalp oiling increases blood flow to the scalp, which in turn, promotes hair growth. Think of it as a natural hair growth serum. The rosemary oil from REGROW Scalp Oil Treatment has been proven to be equally as effective as minoxidil (a common hair loss treatment) in promoting hair growth, due to the increase blood flow effect. This is a great win for those who prefer to go the natural route, but also for those wanting to avoid any nasty side effects! That's right - minoxidil can cause redness, itching, dryness, and flaking of the scalp, just to name a few.
So there you have it - scalp oiling is a legit hair care practice that's been around for centuries, and for good reason. It's easy, affordable, and can have a ton of benefits for your hair and scalp. So go ahead and give it a try - your hair will thank you!