How to Oil Your Scalp

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Brace yourself. I’m about to say something that goes against everything women of color has been taught. A common misconception amongst black women is that oiling your scalp is providing moisture to your hair. And that’s simply not the truth. Most common scalp oils include ingredients such as petroleum, mineral oil, waxes and other silicones. True, they are mainly responsible for creating that glossy shine we love so much, but the price we pay is that they leave a heavy film on our hair.

When these ingredients build up on our hair and scalp, it keeps moisture from entering our hair shaft and scalp, causing dryness. And what do we do to fix it? Pile on more hair grease! The stronger the oil, the harder it will be for much need moisture to reach your hair.

Oiling your scalp and hair should have one purpose and one purpose only: to seal in moisture! Because our hair tends to be extremely porous, moisture is constantly being stripped from our hair. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to properly moisturize and oil your hair and scalp.

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