It’s the summer of the year when our locks feel GREASY, damaged and overall more dull. Whether you consider it a disease or merely a cosmetic problem, oily hair is annoying and hard to get rid of. Proper expert advice offers solutions.
Hair roots come with sebaceous glands, which secrete an oily substance called sebum. In fact, this sebum benefits the hair. Sebum keeps the hair healthy and smooth and it keeps the hair from excessive drying and from breaking. However, excessive sebum production is the cause for oily hair.
Greasy hair fix: Wash your hair less often
While it may seem counterintuitive, washing natural hair can actually cause excess oil production. One reason is because shampoo strips your head of natural oil, and your scalp reacts by producing still more.
Use the right shampoo. A gentle cleansing shampoo you will help hair to avoid the problem of washing away too much oil. It will also prevent your scalp from producing too much oil. You can purchase healing earth in drug and chemists’ stores. Healing earth absorbs and binds large amounts of oily substances and is therefore an ideal product for oily hair.
Rinse thoroughly. No matter what products you use, you need to make sure that you are rinsing thoroughly. You should rinse for at least 30 seconds, but the longer the better.
Condition the ends only. Keep conditioner away from your scalp, as it can increase oil production. Conditioner is intended to help with the ends of your hair which can become brittle and dry. Look for products specially formulated for oily hair and use them sparingly.
Changing Your Diet
Get more B2 and B6 to provide for hair. These vitamins help the body control sebum production. Sunflower seeds are a great source of both vitamin B2 and B6. Other foods that are high in B6 include fish, poultry, red meat, and beans. If you’re not getting enough B vitamins from food, you can take an over-the-counter supplement, available at drug and grocery stores. Also, you need to supply with Vitamins A and D.
Try a mask
Hair masks are also quite popular, and Flores says there are mainly two types. Protein masks are good for people who overindulge in chemical hair products like bleaches, but if you have dry hair, you should opt for a moisturizing mask.
“You can do them once a week depending on your hair type.”
- Greasy hair irritates the scalp and renders it particularly sensitive. You should avoid adding more stress and therefore avoid exposing your hair to hot water and from using the hair dryer too frequently. Other unnecessary irritations are tight braids, tight head gear or hats.
- Use only lukewarm water. Hot water stimulates the sebum production.
- Do not use a hair brush. Brushing will only distribute the sebum all through hair from the roots to their ends. Combing your hair will be sufficient.
- Do not use rinsing agents. Oily hair needs less conditioning than dry hair. The number one rule is, ‘Less is more!’