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The Ends VS. The Roots

msaviemsavie Posts: 66Registered Users
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?
Last Relaxer - 4/8/11 BC - 1/5/12
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

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Comments

  • k.leek.lee Posts: 42Registered Users
    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.
  • coilynappcoilynapp Posts: 4,233Registered Users
    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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  • Jo SomebodyJo Somebody Posts: 1,578Registered Users
    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! :p
    My hair is in the 4s, low in porosity, high in density and coarse. :happy6:

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  • FronomenalFronomenal Posts: 712Registered Users
    MissAvie wrote: »
    Is greasing your scalp bad or good and is it even necessary at all?

    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.
    MissAvie wrote: »
    Also, which part of the hair is the most important? The scalp/roots or the ends?

    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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    Leave-In Conditioner: As I Am Leave-In Conditioner & Alba Botanica Leave-In Conditioner
    Moisturizer: As I Am DoubleButter Cream Rich Daily Moisturizer
    Oils/Butters: Coconut Oil & Castor Oil
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  • AlikaIssaAlikaIssa Banned Posts: 339Banned Users
    MissAvie wrote: »
    First off let me say that I am new to this site.

    Welcome to Naturallycurly!
    MissAvie wrote: »

    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?


    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
  • ttlollattlolla Posts: 948Registered Users
    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
  • .Halicakes..Halicakes. Posts: 23Registered Users
    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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  • msaviemsavie Posts: 66Registered Users
    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.
    Last Relaxer - 4/8/11 BC - 1/5/12
    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