Oily hair is really frustrating. It feels like we can even cook an egg with the oil on you scalp. Even after washing our hair thoroughly, it still doesn’t’t feel right. This nuisance may come from external and internal factors. The internal factor that may contribute to our greasy hair is hormone fluctuations. This can incite the oil glands to go into an active overdrive. However, mostly the greasiness is caused by the wrong ways we treat our hair. Here are the top tips we need to know how to manage our greasy hair.
Washing your hair frequently may seem right for treating the greasiness but in fact, it makes it worse. When our hair is so greasy and we wash our hair, we actually degrease the scalp by removing the natural oils. This causes the sebaceous glands in our scalp to produce more sebum protecting our scalp from getting too dry, which can lead to an overproduction of sebum. More sebum means greasier hair. This never-ending cycle will keep making our hair oily. In order to avoid this, wash less. 3 times a week will be a great solution if you get used to wash your hair daily. It will not work instantly in a week, let your body rebalance it for couple weeks.
Try natural remedies
Aloe vera gel, lemon juice and apple cider are known to be best natural remedies for greasy hair.
Aloe vera strips off the excess sebum that cause the greasiness in our hair. It will not make our hair dry and brittle but instead it will soothe our scalp, protect the hair strands and fight the product buildup. Aloe vera alone works perfect but with extra side-kick from lemon juice as a natural astringent, it will create a perfect team for degreasing our scalp.
The apple cider has pH below 3, meaning it is acidic. When properly diluted with warm water, it will create magic effects for our hair. It can remove and control the excess oil from the skin and balance the pH of our scalp, leading to many good and happy hair days. Moreover, the alpha-hydroxy acid in the apple cider will gently exfoliate our scalp and hair, remove the dead skin cells and prevent the build up from sweats and hair products.
Choose the right hair products
The “right” here means to choose hair products such as shampoo and conditioner formulated for oily hair. Because each shampoo has different formulations for different hair types. Stay away from hair products labelled ”smooth and hydrating”, “shiny” or ”anti-frizz” because these contain some ingredients such as argan oil, other type of oils and silicone that will make our hair greasy and weighed down.
Condition your hair properly
Please do not apply conditioner directly on your scalp because it will just make our scalp greasier and if we don’t rinse it properly, the residue will only make our hair dirty, oily and it looks gross. So, it is always better to condition the ends of your hair or last half of your hair length and make sure to rinse it off thoroughly.
Do not touch or comb your hair too often
Your hands carry so much invisible dust and dirt and produce oil. If you let them touch your hair too often, it will stay in your hair and make your grease problem even worse. While brushing or combing your hair too often is also a bad habit because it stimulates the oil glands to produce more sebum and lets the natural oils distributed from scalp to our hair strands. So, in other words, hands off :)!