Oily hair is caused by an excess in sebum production and build-up. It can be caused by hormonal changes, nutrition, genetics, and even the weather. Even though there are many factors that affect the production of sebum, there are also a few ways to get it under control. Understanding your hair is the first and most important step. Then, you have to learn to love your natural oil and take advantage of it because it is what helps keep your hair healthy. Our bodies know exactly how much oil is needed to keep the skin healthy and hydrated, but sometimes there can be a glitch in the system that contributes to the extra and constant oiliness.
Follow these hacks to deal with the frustrating challenge:
1. Stop washing daily
Washing too often could be the main reason your body is producing too much oil; your scalp experiences an imbalance in oil production. Every time you wash your hair you are stripping the oils from your scalp and before that sebum can begin protecting your skin and strands, you're already washing it away. This is sending the wrong signals to your system. You are washing your hair because it is oily, but your scalp is producing more than the regular amount of sebum because you are washing it away every time. If you are going to try and reduce the amount of shampooing per week, be patient, it takes at least a couple of weeks until this process is rebalanced.
2. Do not skip on your conditioner
Conditioner is great to provide that needed dose of moisture and nutrition that your shampoo doesn’t. Also, it closes the cuticles keeping the benefits of your hair treatments inside the shaft. Follow these rules: shampoo your scalp and condition your ends. Keep it that way and your hair will feel great for longer.
3. Know your products
4. Say NO to silicones, mineral oils, and petroleum.
If you struggle with oiliness you’ll have to say “ciao/bye” to silicones, mineral oils, and petroleum. They are the most common ingredients in hair products but they are oh so! deceiving. Usually added to make your hair smoother or shinier, they build up extra quickly and attract dirt particles, which make your hair look even more oily.
5. Rinse your hair thoroughly
‘Rinse until the last bubble is gone’ should be written in the instructions of every hair product. Once you clean, treat, and condition your hair; make sure there is no product left behind on your scalp. Why? It builds up and makes your hair look heavier and greasier with each passing day.
6. Avoid touching your hair
Think of everything your hands touched during the day, then try to count the number of times you touch your face and your hair. If you are following your Hair Routine, your hair probably feels amazing and you can’t stop playing with it. But you use your hands to apply other face products, and they sweat and produce some oil as well, the last thing you want to do is transfer it to your clean and healthy hair.
7. Avoid heat
Heat can be one of the worst things for oily hair because it makes your scalp sweat more than usual and this will make your hair look dirtier. Also, using heat flattens the cuticles, which makes the oiliness more obvious.
8. Apple cider vinegar
Cold-pressed apple cider vinegar is very good to balance out the oiliness because of its pH levels. Mix one spoonful of vinegar in a glass of water and massage it into your scalp at the end of your shower. Do not rinse.