If you’re like me you’ve been taught most of your life that you need to oil your hair and grease your scalp daily. You also learned that having dull hair or a dry scalp is a sign of “bad” hair– and nobody wants bad hair. This desire to have hair that looks good despite what it may actually feel like or how it behaves is just one of the ways we mismanage our own well-being. I share in my recent video ”Can You Stop Using Oil on Your Locs?” and in past videos about one of the most eye-opening moments for me along my natural hair journey that helped me to understand this.
When I started my sisterlocks journey, I was told not to apply oil to my hair or scalp. You can image the shock and confusion when I received these instructions. How would my hair – let alone my scalp – be healthy?! I just knew it would be dry, dull and flaky– all signs of “bad hair”. And just as I expected my scalp started flaking and was constantly itchy. Even though at the time this was very traumatic, eventually I began to notice that it was changing my scalp for the better. Something better was to beginning to show up in place of all the oils I had been applying to my scalp for years.
Did you know that your body naturally produces oil, which is known as sebum? This natural oil production is intended to cover your scalp and hair on its own. Who Knew?! I know I didn’t because I was spending a lot of money to oil my scalp and keep it shiny. However, what I had to learn was that by applying oils all the time I had unintentionally told my body not to produce any sebum. So what happened in the beginning of my sisterlocks journey was something like a scalp detox or reset to shift from store-bought oil to internal oil. And after a few weeks my scalp was back to “normal” and I no longer needed oil to apply oil daily for it to feel like that.
I share that story with you to remind you that you can stop using oils on your scalp but it will be a process to get to your new normal. And when it comes to applying oil onto your locs like I shared in the video, it can be helpful. Oil is especially helpful on your hair if your locs are shoulder-length (or longer) or you have bleached your locs. However, I want you to know it’s not as much of a requirement as it may seem considering that some oils are more beneficial than others.
Definitely be sure to check out the “Botanical Oils for Healthy Locs” guide and join the community so that you can be a part of our next hair care workshop– click here to join us.