Should I Oil Or Grease Scalp Before Braids? ANSWERED!

Hair oils have taken over the hair moisturizing scene in recent years so it’s no surprise if you find yourself wondering what the best time to grease your hair is, especially if you want to get braids.

You should apply oil to your hair before you get it braided to ensure that you are locking moisture into your hair and scalp. By ensuring that your hair stays moisturized and hydrated with oils, your hair and scalp will be able to withstand the braids’ extra weight, and your hair will be less likely to shed or get damaged from the braids.

Keep reading to find out how you should be oiling your hair and the best oils to use on your hair type! Plus, the dangers of hair grease and healthier alternatives!

How To Apply Hair Oils To Your Hair Before Braids

The best way to apply oils to your hair before braiding it is to apply it to hair that is 80% dry or completely dry. That said, ensure that you concentrate the oil application on the length of your hair and the ends, not your scalp, as this can cause product build-up. Let the oil sit overnight before rinsing, for the best results.

Let’s take a look at other things to do when applying oils to your hair:

1. Choose The Right Oil

Carrier oils are a great source of moisture for your hair, and they also help lock in existing moisture whilst preventing split ends and dandruff.

If you have dry or damaged hair, then using carrier oils can actually drastically improve your hair. You can use carrier oils alone or mix them with essential oils. 

Pro Tip: You should make sure that you’re using the correct oil for your hair and scalp. If you have an oily scalp, I recommend using a light oil if you have dry hair or a dry scalp, then heavy oils to restore additional moisture.

Take a look at some of the best carrier oils for your hair type:

Carrier Oil:Suitable Hair Type:
01.Almond oilOily, fine hair
02.Coconut oilDry, thick hair
03.Avocado oilDry, thick hair
04.Jojoba oilOily, fine hair
05.Grapeseed oilOily, fine hair
06.Olive oilDry, thick hair
07.Borage oilOily, fine hair
08.Primrose oilOily, fine hair
Table Showing The Best Carrier Oils For Your Hair Type

2. Add An Essential Oil

This is definitely not a compulsory step. Be that as it may, essential oils are amazing at focusing on specific scalp issues such as a dry scalp or dandruff.

If you choose to use an essential oil, it must be weakened or diluted in carrier oils since essential oils can be powerful and even cause allergic reactions.

Take a look at some of the best essential oils for hair:

  • Peppermint essential oil
  • Tea tree essential oil
  • Jasmine essential oil
  • Lavender essential oil
  • Rose essential oil
  • Lemon essential oil
  • Sandalwood essential oil
  • Bergamot essential oil

3. Heat Your Oils

Now that you have chosen your hair oils, it’s time to heat them up so that they will be easier to apply to your hair. The oils will also be able to penetrate your hair strands more effectively if they’ve been heated up.

4. Gently Massage Your Scalp

If you are using a lightweight carrier oil on your hair, you can also massage it onto your scalp. If you are using a heavier oil such as coconut oil, do not apply it on your scalp. Rather focus it on the ends and length of your hair to avoid any product build-up on your scalp.

That being said, you can massage your scalp by using circular motions for 15 minutes to ensure that the oil is properly rubbed in. Following this, you can gently rub the oil through your hair strands.

5. Cover Your Hair

Braid your hair into a loose braid or even use a clip to secure it. Following this, cover your hair with a shower cap to lock the moisture in and add some heat to allow the oil to process quicker. Leave the shower cap on overnight.

This will allow your hair cuticles to open to allow the hair oils to penetrate your hair follicles deeply.

6. Thoroughly Rinse Your Hair

So it’s the next day, and your hair has had 6 to 8 hours to absorb as much moisture from the hair oils as it can, now you can rinse the oils out of your hair.

Thoroughly rinse your hair out using lukewarm water or cool water; avoid using hot water as it will strip your hair of moisture. You can follow this up by washing your hair with your favorite shampoo.

If you’re reading this article and your hair is already braided but you’re wondering if you can still oil it, keep reading to find out more!

Should You Oil Your Scalp After Braids Are Installed?

You should be applying oils like coconut oil to your hair for the first three days after braiding your hair, as this will help lessen some of the strain and pressure caused by the braids, especially on your edges. Following this, you need to apply hair oils to your braided hair twice a week to keep your scalp hydrated and prevent dandruff.

Take a look at this table below to see what oils you can use on your braided hair:

Oil Type:Benefits Of Oil:
Avocado OilIt increases blood flow on your scalp and unclogs any blocked hair follicles, thus preventing hair loss and hair shedding.
Coconut OilNourishes, hydrates, and moisturizes your scalp whilst also strengthening your hair. Coconut is the most effective when it is applied as an overnight hair mask before you wash and condition your hair.
Argan OilIt contains antioxidants and vitamins that aid and protect your hair by increasing its elasticity making it more equipped to withstand damage and encourage new hair growth.
Table Showing What Oils You Can Use On Your Braided Hair

Should You Grease Your Scalp?

Basically, grease is colored vaseline, and although vaseline may help hide the fact that you have split ends when applied to your scalp, it can create a breathing ground for bacteria and even clog your hair follicles.

It would be best not to grease your scalp as grease is not a healthy moisture source for our hair or scalp. The reason for this is that many hair grease products are made from one key ingredient, petroleum. That is why people opt for hair oils instead of heavier products like hair grease.

What Is The Alternative?

Many hair grease products contain solid minerals that actually damage your scalp and hair products. These ingredients clog your hair follicles, thus causing your hair’s health to decline.

If you want to add moisture and hydration to your scalp and hair, then I highly recommend that you stick to using hair oils as they are rich in vitamins and minerals that actually aid hair.

Pro Tip: If you insist on using grease on your hair, I would suggest making your own homemade blends of hair butter instead of store-bought hair greases. If you purchase a store-bought hair grease, make sure that petroleum is at the very end of the ingredient list to signal that there are very few amounts in the product.

Related Questions

What can I use to grease my scalp?

Avoid using grease on your hair; use natural organic oils such as coconut oil, avocado oil, castor oil, olive oil, and jojoba oil instead.

Why you shouldn’t oil your scalp?

You should be applying oil to your hair’s length, and your ends instead of your scalp as your scalp already receive oils from your sebaceous glands. Your sebaceous glands secrete sebum, a natural hair oil on your scalp.

To prevent clogging your hair follicles and cause hair damage, avoid applying additional oil to your scalp.


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