Let It Grow: 5 Nourishing Scalp Oils to Encourage Your Lovely Mane to Flourish
Defined by the Tresses
My hair is the longest it’s ever been in my adult life, it pretty much sits on my butt at this point, but as it grew wonderfully in length it began thinning at the roots and that terrified me. For most women, particularly Black women and women of color, hair is important. Our hair is stitched into the way we show up in the world. We all stand a little taller when our freshly done ‘do inspires a round of compliments, it’s just the way it is. For me, my hair has always been my constant. We’ve gone through highs and lows and all the colors of the rainbow. It has covered my insecurities, it has accentuated my features, and the realization that I could be losing it was more than I was prepared to handle. So, my Google searching began.
Holistic Hair Care
It didn’t take long to find the requirements for optimal hair health and then it immediately clicked — I was overlooking my scalp. How could I expect to grow a strong mane without nourishing the soil holding my roots? The answer was, I couldn’t and you can’t either.
Luckily, maintaining a healthy scalp is simple. It turns out, regularly massaging the scalp with nutrient-rich oils is a great way to improve blood circulation, which ultimately helps to stimulate growth. But which oil should you choose? I started with coconut oil. My mama shredded the coconuts, blended with water, left it to sit overnight, then boiled it down to reveal the most delicious smelling oil.
Made with Love and Hair Growth at Heart
Eventually I decided to switch things up by incorporating new oils as a treat for my scalp. During my search, I came across countless options but here are a few that made the biggest impact. These oils were created with hair growth in mind and they’re packed with essential vitamins that’ll improve the overall health of your scalp and hair.
Properly Packed Nourishment
It’s a popular belief that adding a few drops of rosemary and mint essential oils to your shampoo or directly to your scalp is a quick and easy way to stimulate growth, and Mielle definitely got the memo. The company’s scalp and hair strengthening oil combines rosemary and mint with biotin, which is also known to promote hair growth, along with more than 30 other essential oils and nutrients. There’s even a bit of eucalyptus for that fresh tingly feeling we all know and love.
Always Incredible (and Soothing Too!)
Cantu is known for creating incredible products, and its Shea Butter Tea Tree And Jojoba Scalp Oil is no different. The oil is made of pure shea butter, tea tree oil, and jojoba oil, all of which will help to soothe the scalp while boosting healthy growth.
Adds Luster, Fights Frizz + Strengthens, Oh My!
We already know the benefits of pure Jamaican Black Castor Oil, but Tropic Isle Living has taken things to the next level of healthy hair goodness with its growth oil. The company has infused red pimento seeds, coconut oil, and wheat germ oil to moisturize itchy scalps while adding luster, controlling frizz, and strengthening every strand.
Mama we Love you but Hair Care’s Clean (and Grown) Now
While we have nothing against your mama’s hair products, this Scalp Care Cleansing Oil is totally Not Your Mother’s. This innovative cleansing oil combines detoxifying Amazonian White Clay with invigorating peppermint oil and other superfood oils, including avocado and marula. It’s also free of sulfates, silicones, parabens, phthalates, alcohol, and dyes.
Attention 4C’s, We’ve Got You Boo
Pattern is all about promoting juicy and joyful curls with its amazing products. The company’s Jojoba Oil Hair Serum will help to “create a sacred space for your scalp” with a lightweight blend of oils, including safflower oil, jojoba oil, rosehip oil, olive oil, and lavender oil. It’s recommended for low porosity hair and promises to reduce breakage while keeping your hair super hydrated. And yes, we know it’s a bit of a splurge, but it’s definitely worth the coin.