The Right Way To Use A Scalp Oil

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The hair world has undergone significant changes over the last few years—and for the better. Back when we were in high school, hair care was all about making sure your hair looked good. Whether it meant endlessly backcombing your dark brown hair or using gallons of sticky hairspray to keep your style in place, you were willing to do whatever it took. These days, it’s not only important that your hair looks good—it should feel healthy, too.

When trying to figure out the keys to healthy hair, stylists and brands realized you couldn’t just take care of the strands themselves. You also have to care for the foundation from which your hair grows—your scalp. There are a few scalp products on the market that we love, but one of the best things you can do for your scalp is to incorporate a scalp oil into your hair care routine. Not all oils are created equal, however, and if you want to reap the full benefits, you have to use it the right way.

We’ve teamed up with Ashley Lantz, Matrix artistic educator and brand ambassador, to give you the scoop on everything you need to know about scalp oil and the right way to use it.

What are the benefits of scalp oil?

The primary benefit of scalp oil is that it helps to moisturize your scalp. Much like the skin on the rest of your body, your scalp sometimes needs a little extra moisture to look and feel its best. If you have a naturally oily scalp, you may not need to incorporate a scalp oil into your hair care routine. If you have a naturally dry scalp or your hair products make your scalp feel dry, you may want to consider incorporating a scalp oil into your routine.

Are all oils good for your scalp?

Unfortunately, not all oils are created equal. That means you can’t just go into your kitchen pantry and apply the first oil you find to your scalp.

“A lot of people tend to forget that your scalp is just as, if not more, sensitive than the skin on your face and should be treated as such,” Lantz explains.

Because every scalp has its own needs, a trusted stylist can help you find the perfect scalp oil for you. However, Lantz says there are a few things to keep in mind when trying to decide on the perfect scalp oil.

One of Lantz’s favorite scalp oils is the new Matrix R.A.W. Biolage Scalp Care Rebalance Scalp Oil. The natural origin oil is formulated with peppermint, lemongrass, fennel, and cedarwood. This scalp oil is the ideal pre-shampoo treatment for those with a scalp moisture imbalance. 

How should you incorporate a scalp oil into your hair care routine?

Everyone’s scalp has different needs, so Lantz recommends consulting with your stylist to come up with the best routine for you and your hair. However, if you’re not sure where to start, the stylist suggests slowly incorporating the oil into your hair care routine.

“One of my favorite ways to use this scalp oil is in salon. Applying a small amount of this oil directly to the skin and using a brush to gently exfoliate the scalp prior to their service every four to six weeks helps remove any impurities,” she says.

Now you can rest easy knowing your scalp is properly moisturized and cared for.

Interested in professional scalp advice? Use our salon locator to book an appointment with a stylist near you.