Greasy hair and scalp can be annoying. It will even get in the way of your desired hairstyle and good hair health. So what causes oily hair? It is caused by excess sebum production on your scalp. Your scalp naturally produces sebum to regulate your hair health and to maintain good levels of natural oils. However, your scalp will make a mistake quite often than not. That is, it will produce too much sebum, which is bad news! You will have to take some efforts to restore that balance and ensure good hair. Here are a few tips to consider:
Choose the right products
This seems like such a basic tip, but most people overlook this aspect. Don’t just buy a product because your favourite celebrity or influencer promotes it. You have to understand your hair needs and buy a product accordingly. So go ahead and try those ‘oily-hair’ products because they’ve been formulated after a lot of research and time.
There seems to be a misconception that conditioner is not meant for oily hair. That’s not at all true! Conditioning your hair is vital as it hydrates and nourishes your hair. You just have to be careful while selecting the conditioner. Another thing to remember is, use it only on the tips of your hair to avoid a greasy scalp. When you’re done, rinse off thoroughly!
Say no to silicone
Silicone makes your hair smoother and shinier. Naturally, many products like shampoos, gels, creams have this ingredient. But while it may sound nice, it can actually cause buildup on your hair and scalp. This will further aggravate your oily hair woes. So it is wise to avoid any product that has silicone in it.
Avoid touching your hair
Your skin produces oil everyday – which is why you often get an oily face and need to wash your face regularly. Have you seen oily fingerprints on your phone screens? That’s because your fingers also produce oil on a regular basis. This oil can get into your hair when you touch it too often. So it is best to avoid touching it.
Go easy on the dry shampoo
Dry shampoo is great, especially when you don’t get to squeeze in time for frequent hair washes. But, it is easy to use too much as well. Using too much dry shampoo will lead to buildup. This will dry out your scalp and your body’s natural mechanism here would be to produce more oil. This will worsen your condition.
Try washing less often
You notice you have an oily scalp, you wash it more often because you think it will combat the problem – Sounds familiar? Stop doing this! When you overwash your hair, your body produces even more sebum than usual. This will lead to a cycle where you keep overwashing and your scalp keeps getting oily.
Try a honey mask
Honey has antibacterial and antifungal properties, so it can be a life-saver for you! Try a honey mask on its own or with other essential oils/ingredients. This will immensely help your situation and your hair will thank you!