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About Your Hair: A Trichologist’s Perspective about Scalp Oil

By Dr. Linda Amerson

Many consumers have asked me these questions…Do I need to oil my scalp? I have heard that it clogs your scalp? What should I use when my scalp is dry? Now to give you a Trichologist’s perspective of oiling the scalp. When there is a scalp malady/condition, yes you need to address your scalp. African American’s have approximately 90,000- 140,000 sweat glands. When the sweat dries, it leaves a film or residue on the scalp which is sodium buildup.

This sodium buildup is not removed or cleansed from the scalp, in many cases, as often as it should. Many consumers neglect shampooing their hair and scalp for three-four weeks, or longer, to hold on to a trendy hairstyle. Sometimes, it is laziness. Either way, it results in dry hair, dry scalp, an excessively itchy scalp which leads to tender scalps, erythema, inflammation, and irritation just to name a few.

This is when oiling of the scalp and hair becomes routine after shampooing. On the other hand, there are some consumers who have overactive sebaceous glands, where their scalp produces more oil. The frequency of shampooing should become common practice. In addition, in the Indian community, I have several clients who share with me about applying oil to their scalp and hair for shine and hair regrowth.

Lastly, many natural hairstylists will instruct their clients who wear twists and locks to postpone shampooing their hair and scalp for six-eight weeks to preserve their style. I disagree with this recommendation when there is a scalp condition. The scalp condition needs to be addressed first, then the trendy hairstyle second. More professionals need to realize this important fact.


Top Reasons to Oil Your Scalp

  • To offset dryness from sodium buildup
  • For pruritus of the scalp
  • For scalp diseases
  • For scalp lesions
  • For soothing an irritated scalp
  • For scaly scalp conditions
  • For eczema scalp conditions and circulation

Why use Dr. Amerson’s Anti-Itch Soothing Oil?

Formulated for Dr. Amerson by Chemist Tracy Hill-Ashley

Benefits include:

  • Light, penetrating oil with a PH of 5.0
  • Anti-inflammatory properties
  • Has healing and regenerating qualities
  • Stops pruritus immediately
  • Moisturizes scalp and hair for the entire family
  • Gives hair a brilliant sheen with no pillow residue
  • Softens bonding glue for immediate removal
  • Great for shaving underarms with no irritation
  • Great moisturizer for cuticles of fingernails and toenails
  • Has been used on dogs (by clients) who suffer from itchy, dry skin

Please direct all questions to Dr. Linda Amerson, Board Certified Trichologist. Please join us every Wednesday @ 11 am CST on Ask the Hair and Scalp Doctor Radio Show on


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