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Customize Your Scalp Massage Oil

Hartline Hair is teaching basic how to customize your scalp massage oil

One of the most beneficial ways to help your scalp and deal with scalp issues is a weekly scalp massage. I know my clients can't always get their scalp massage with me every week and so I wanted to create a way they can customize their own scalp treatment day at home. True it's so much nicer when you can lay back and get a customized scalp treatment at Hartline Hair. However, doing this weekly at home when you can't get an appointment with me is the next best thing.

Addressing Specific Scalp Issues

Dry Scalp

For a dry scalp, the two best oils are Jojoba Oil and Rosehip Oil. Jojoba Oil closely mimics the natural sebum produced by our scalp, making it an excellent moisturizer without leaving a greasy residue. It is packed with vitamins E and B, which help in soothing dryness and irritation. Rosehip Oil, rich in essential fatty acids and antioxidants, helps reduce inflammation and hydrates deeply, which is essential for combating a dry, flaky scalp.

On the other hand, Coconut Oil and Olive Oil should be avoided for dry scalp. Coconut Oil, despite its popularity, can sometimes be too heavy and clog pores, exacerbating dryness and irritation. Olive Oil, although moisturizing, has a thick consistency that can leave a residue and further irritate a dry scalp.

Oily Scalp

Managing an oily scalp can be challenging, but Argan Oil and Grapeseed Oil provide excellent solutions. Argan Oil is lightweight and non-comedogenic, making it ideal for balancing oil production. It hydrates the scalp without adding to the greasiness, helping maintain a healthy balance. Grapeseed Oil is another great option due to its astringent properties, which help to tighten and tone the scalp, reducing oiliness.

Conversely, Castor Oil and Sweet Almond Oil are not recommended for oily scalps. Castor Oil's thick consistency can weigh down hair and exacerbate an oily condition, making the scalp feel even greasier. Sweet Almond Oil, while nourishing, can be too heavy for those with oily scalps and might lead to further oil buildup.

Thinning Hair

For those experiencing thinning hair, Castor Oil and Flaxseed Oil are top choices. Castor Oil is often hailed as a miracle worker due to its high ricinoleic acid content, which helps stimulate blood flow to the scalp, promoting hair growth and strengthening the roots. Flaxseed Oil is rich in omega-3 fatty acids that nourish the hair follicles and encourage healthy hair growth.

Coconut Oil and Olive Oil, however, should be used cautiously. Coconut Oil can clog pores and potentially hinder hair growth. Olive Oil, due to its heavy nature, can weigh down thinning hair and is best avoided for those seeking to promote hair growth.


Dandruff can be a persistent issue, but Kiwi Seed Oil and Hemp Seed Oil offer promising solutions. Kiwi Seed Oil is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce flakes and soothe the scalp. Hemp Seed Oil also has anti-inflammatory benefits and provides lightweight hydration, making it effective in treating dandruff without adding any heaviness.

Coconut Oil and Olive Oil are not ideal for dandruff. Coconut Oil can potentially worsen dandruff by clogging pores and leaving a greasy residue. Olive Oil, although moisturizing, can sometimes be too heavy and may exacerbate dandruff issues by leaving a residue that attracts more dirt and flakes.

Eczema and Sensitive Scalp

For eczema and sensitive scalps, Jojoba Oil and Rosehip Oil are excellent choices. Jojoba Oil’s gentle and soothing properties make it ideal for moisturizing and calming the scalp without causing further irritation. Rosehip Oil, with its anti-inflammatory properties, helps to heal and soothe sensitive, inflamed skin.

Coconut Oil and Olive Oil should be avoided for sensitive scalps and eczema. Coconut Oil can irritate sensitive skin due to its comedogenic properties, and Olive Oil’s heavy nature may not be suitable for sensitive scalps, potentially causing further irritation.


Managing psoriasis on the scalp requires oils that can soothe inflammation and reduce itching. Jojoba Oil and Rosehip Oil are excellent for psoriasis due to their moisturizing and anti-inflammatory properties. Jojoba Oil helps to calm the scalp and reduce the appearance of flaky patches, while Rosehip Oil, rich in essential fatty acids and antioxidants, can heal and soothe the skin, reducing redness and irritation associated with psoriasis.

On the other hand, Coconut Oil and Castor Oil should be avoided for psoriasis. Coconut Oil can clog pores and exacerbate psoriasis symptoms, while Castor Oil’s thick consistency can irritate the scalp and worsen the condition.

How to Use Oils for Scalp Massages

Using oils for scalp massages can enhance their benefits. Here’s how to do it:

Preparation: Choose the right oil or blend 2 oils together depending on your specific scalp issue. Ensure your scalp is clean before applying the oil.

Application: Warm a small amount of oil in your hands and apply it to your scalp using your fingertips. Massage gently in circular motions to promote blood circulation.

Duration: Leave the oil on your scalp for at least 30 minutes. For deeper conditioning, you can leave it on overnight.

Rinsing: Use a gentle shampoo to wash out the oil thoroughly. Ensure all the oil is removed to prevent buildup.

Experimenting can help you find the perfect match for your scalp and hair needs. Do a patch test before using any new oil to ensure you don’t have an adverse reaction. With the right oil, your scalp massages can become an even more effective and enjoyable part of your hair care routine.

When getting a scalp massage at Hartline Hair, my goal is to always use the perfect combination for your scalp. Your scalp massages are customized to meet your scalp and senses. Do you like spa music, a little 80s love songs, or a true crime podcast while you get your scalp treatment? Let me know because at Hartline Hair your relaxation time with me is always about YOU.


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