Oily hair is often seen as a bit of a curse and if you’ve been blessed with fine hair, it also means you have more follicles and oil glands.
What Causes Hair To Become Oily
Our sebum glands create a natural hair conditioner that lubricates the scalp of our head. While a little extra oil keeps the scalp in good condition and prevents dryness, it can also be the cause of oily hair.
Many factors such as heredity, hormonal fluctuations, shampoo residue can result in excessive oil production in the scalp which in turn makes hair greasy.
However, the following oily hair care tips will help you keep your hair less oily and more manageable:
- Shower Once a Day: When you shower and wash hair more than once a day it strips oils from your hair, tricking the sebum glands into producing even more oil.
- Occasionally mix 2 egg yolks with 2 tsp lemon juice or vinegar, and work it into hair and let set a few minutes while showering. Rinse with lukewarm water. Egg binds with oils in the hair.
- Add 6-8 drops of a citrus essential oil to your shampoo; try lemon, lime, or sweet orange.
- Massage baking soda shampoo into your scalp for at least 2 minutes, and be sure to shake your homemade shampoo vigorously to ensure the baking soda is completely dissolved into the water.
- Give your hair a few weeks to adjust to the change.
- Some natural remedies recommended by hair-care experts to battle oil include rinsing hair with beer, lemon juice or vinegar. This is to de-slick hair. Mouthwash and witch hazel are astringents that both tighten skin and shrink pores.
- Blow-Dry with cool air after washing your hair, thoroughly and gently towel it dry. Heat and hot air encourage glands to produce more sebum, so style your hair as best you can with bursts of cool air.
- Brush hair only as needed, and remember that straightening hair through heat application can also stimulate oil production. Handling your hair excessively while straightening can also contribute to increased oil spreading.
- Change Your Hairstyle, and if you don’t like dry shampoo, stylists suggest changing your hairstyle. Ponytails and chignons are sophisticated and designed to look slick, but as a last resort, consider a perm. Permed and naturally curly hair doesn’t get oily as fast since it doesn’t lie too close to the scalp.