Best Oils to Use to Massage Your Scalp

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Massaging the scalp can improve the health of your hair and aid in hair growth. Scalp massages increase blood circulation in the scalp which encourages hair growth. To massage your scalp use your finger tips to rub in a circular motion on your scalp. Rub your finger tips softly against your scalp clockwise and counterclockwise for 1-2 minutes at a time. Make sure your nails are cut low so that you do not snag your hair. Only use your finger tips, never your nails which can scratch and damage your scalp.

Benefits of scalp massages…

  • helps in hair growth
  • distributes oil evenly throughout hair
  • increases blood circulation in scalp
  • relieves tension and stress in scalp


Can I use oil in scalp massages?

Yes, oil is encouraged when performing a scalp massage. The best oils to use for scalp massages are natural carrier oils like jojoba, coconut, and almond oil which can be found at your local grocery. Essential oils are also a good option for scalp massages because they have healing effects and strong fragrances that help the scalp and ease stress. Combine 3-4 drops of an essential oil with a natural carrier oil to create a scalp massage oil mix.

When is the best time to do a scalp massage?

A great time to perform a scalp massage is in the morning, before bed, and after the hair has been freshly washed. Chose a time that works best for you and massage your hair daily. In order to benefit from scalp massages, you must be consistent in performing them.

Natural Carrier oils for scalp massages

  • jojoba
  • coconut
  • grape seed
  • almond oil
  • avocado oil
  • extra virgin olive oil

Essential oils for scalp massages

  • tea tree
  • lavender
  • eucalyptus
  • peppermint

Scalp Massage oil mixes/combinations


  • Jojoba oil + tea tree essential oil = Nuts and Spices fragrance

- Ideal for an oily or irritated scalp


  • Olive oil + eucalyptus essential oil = Fresh Wintergreen fragrance

- Ideal for dry scalp or hair that likes oil






  • Grape seed oil + peppermint essential oil = Sweet Mint fragrance

- Great for an irritated scalp

  • Coconut oil + lavender essential oil = Hawaiian island fragrance

- Great for dry hair/scalp



How you tried a scalp massage? What were your results? What oils/mixes did you use?


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  1. In using oils for scalp massages in the morning or after washing your hair, will this cause my hair to be oily for the rest of the day?

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    1. Hello! It depends on how curly or coily your hair is. If your hair has tighter, small coils then using 1-2 tsps of oil mixed with 3-4 drops of an essential oil should not cause your hair to be oily. However, if your hair is fine or has looser curls, using more than 1-2 tsps of oil could cause oily hair. This is because the closer to "straight" your hair is, the easier it is for the oil to travel from your scalp to the hair strands and cause oily hair. Let me know if you have other questions.

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