I sometimes hear from folks who are looking for natural, inexpensive, and not invasive ways to help with their hair shedding. One possibility that sometimes comes up is oiling one’s scalp. This generally involves using a carrier oil (coconut, olive, jojoba, emu, tea tree oil or others) massaged into the scalp to stimulate the hair follicles and to promote hair regrowth.
I recently heard from someone who said: “my hair has been shedding dreadfully for about six weeks. Not only is my hair dropping out, but my scalp is sore and itchy. On a hair loss forum, I read about a suggestion for using tea tree or emu oil to soothe your scalp. I also read that these oils sometimes help with hair loss and shedding. So my question is would oiling my scalp help with what I think is telogen effluvium? Or would it just soothe my sore scalp? And does it make your hair look greasy?”
There was no way for maine to predict the future or the outcome when this person oiled their scalp, but I certainly have a theory, which I’ll explicate now.