Have you tried every product out there but still can’t get it under control? This blog is covering this subject so read on below for some helpful information and tips on what you can do to keep your oily hair in check.
Firstly, fringes are not at all helpful when it comes to hiding oily hair roots. Side or middle partings are much more suitable for this purpose because you can always sell the oily roots as part of a trendy ultra-sleek or slicked look.
Streaked hair has a slightly rougher structure and is dryer. If only hours after a shampoo your hair is too oily or stringy, a few streaks can be an ideal and beautiful solution.
Be sure to use only clean brushes, combs, rollers and curling irons. Otherwise, residues from conditioners, styling aids and sebum lead to a stringy limp look shortly after you shampoo your hair. Optimally, you should clean your brushes and combs once a week using a mild shampoo. Then air-dry those utensils. (Drying brushes and combs on top of radiators would damage the bristles.) Regularly clean curling and flat irons using cotton balls soaked in pure alcohol.
If your scalp produces too much sebum you should under no circumstances use oil-containing styling products, such as wax, pomade or styling crème. Alcohol-based hair setting products, such as setting mousse, hair spray and gel are much more suitable for oily hair. Like always, start using the smallest effective amount. You can always add more.
Use brushes with natural bristles exclusively (e. g. wild boar bristles). Such bristles are capable of distributing the sebum through the hair.
Greasy hair fix: Wash your hair often
Fortunately there are solutions for how to treat oily hair. A dermatologist will help in serious cases –prescribed medications contain all-trans-retinoic acid or ATRA for short (a vitamin A related substance), which regulates the sebaceous gland secretions. However, in most cases special hair care products will make an effective oily hair treatment. These products will restore the balanced production of oily substances from the sebaceous glands. Seaweed or herbs like horsetail, rosemary, coltsfoot, nettles, chamomile and salvia regulate the sebum production and help get rid of oily hair.
Please note: Avoid products containing proteins or lipid-replenishing substances such as oils or silicon! They only make a difficult situation worse by weighing the hair down and making it even oilier than before.
Aside from proper care, diligence in the application of the right oily hair remedies and products also plays an important role. Some believe that frequent shampooing will stimulate the sebum production, but this has no basis in fact; the opposite is true. Greasy hair should be washed often, i.e. daily if necessary. Every shampoo treatment removes almost all sebum from the sebaceous glands. Each shampooing removes a little more sebum (fat) providing the shampoo is massaged into the scalp. The result is clear: Proper care will prevent oily hair.
- Use shampoos with a translucent appearance and avoid creamy shampoos.
- Every now and then, you should remove excessive oil (sebum) from your hair and scalp using a clarifying shampoo.
- Wash your hair early in the day. Sebaceous glands work particularly hard at night.
- 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 your 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!’
If you’ve experienced a sudden change in how quickly your hair gets greasy, there are a number of potential culprits. Let’s take a more in depth look at them below.
Dietary changes, using products that are too heavy, changes in hormones, puberty, pregnancy, menopause. environment, touching your hair regularly,
- Switch your shampoo for a gentle clarifying option.
- switch to a lighter conditioner.
- be smart with styling products- no oil based ones!
- Also see your doctor, for advise.
I hope this has given you some good information.