If you have an oily scalp, it can be tough to keep your hair from getting greasy. Here are some easy things you can do to reduce greasy hair...
Cleansing & conditioning tips:
- Wash your hair frequently but not every day. It's recommended that you only wash it every 2-3 days.
- Use a clarifying shampoo once a month. This type of shampoo is designed to remove any build-up of grease and hair product. Do not use a clarifying shampoo every day though, as this will over-strip your hair, causing it to produce more oil in response.
- Try to use a conditioner just for the lower half of your hair.
- If your hair is dry at the ends and oily at the roots then condition your hair first and then shampoo your roots.
- If your hair is very oily, you may be tempted to not use conditioner. However, if you have long hair, it is best to condition the ends to stop them from drying out.
- Rinse your hair with warm water and then close the cuticle with cold water to add shine. Try a small amount of apple cider vinegar as a final rinse (1 tablespoon per 8 fl oz /236 ml of water). The smell goes away as the hair dries.
- You can also use dry shampoo to make your hair look less greasy.
- Don't use too much styling products or you'll weigh your hair down and residue could accumulate. Stay away from “wet look” gels, because they will make your hair look greasy when it's not!
- Brush only as much as needed to make your hair neat. Do not over-brush your hair as brushing increases oil production.
- Avoid touching your hair as much as possible.
- Avoid straightening your hair. The heat from the blow dryers and straighteners makes your scalp produce more sebum.
- Embrace your curls! Sebum moves more slowly through curly hair. This is why curly haired people tend to have dry hair! If you've have natural waves or curls, flaunt them! J
What causes "oily hair"?
Excess sebum on the scalp causes "oily hair". Here are some factors that can accelerate oil production:
- Intense heat and humidity
- Puberty and other hormonal changes
- Some medications that affect hormones
- Touching and playing with your hair frequently
- Frequent brushing
Often greasy hair is an issue only during puberty and with time the problem fades, but unfortunately this is not always the case.
I hope you find this helpful!
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