Oily Hair

Also referred to as greasy hair has a limp look to it. It may look good a day or so after you wash it, but it quickly becomes dull and lifeless. Oily hair often has dandruff issues and the hair strands cling together in an unpleasant way making the head feel dirty.

Reasons for Oily Hair

Different methods come into play when it comes to oily hair, whether it is genetics or improperly using products, a lot of factors can lead to the reason for greasy strands.

Dry Scalp:A dry scalp is the main cause for oily hair because oil glands produce more oil to compensate for the dry scalp. In doing this, the excess oil transfers to your hair making it oily and greasy.

Heredity: If one or both parents have or had oily hair, chances are you will too.

Hormones: Hormonal changes from puberty, oral contraceptives, menstruation or body building all cause changes that affect the hair.

Products: Normal hair that lacks regular and consistent cleansing can result in the build-up of toxins, dirt and other substances resulting in greasy strands.

Texture: Fine hair texture is often oilier than coarse hair because it takes up less room on your scalp. Each follicle is supplied with two to three glands of oil.

Combating Your Oily Hair

In order to combat oily hair it is best to focus first and foremost on your scalp. Tackling the problem where it first begins will eliminate other unnecessary options.

Oily Hair Remedies & Treatments

*Shampoos labeled with tea tree oil, for oily hair, or dry scalp, should be considered. Shampoo more than once focusing on the needed area to remove excess oil and sebum.

*Follow your shampoo with a vinegar rinse for the best possible results. Combine 1cup ACV (apple cider vinegar) with 3cups distilled water (double or triple ingredients depending on your hair length.) ACV balances the scalp's pH levels, which also normalizes sebum production. It's an excellent finishing rinse that adds shine and luster to your hair while removing soap residue that can weigh down oily hair.

*Lemon juice. Mix the equivalent of the juice from 1 lemon with 1 cup water and allow the mixture to remain for at least five minutes, then rinse gently with tepid water. Lemon juice can help control shampoo buildup, too.

*In between shampoo sessions, use cornstarch, cornmeal, dry shampoo or blotting skin papers to remove excessive oil that builds up. Do not use talcum powder, baby powder or related types of powders that can contain chemicals which can be toxic to the lungs.

*Condition with an oil-free product applying a minimal amount ONLY at the ends of your hair, because most conditioners will weigh your hair down go for a light conditioner designed specifically for oily hair.

*Rinse your hair in diluted tea. Boil some mint leaves in water and use the water to rinse your hair. Tea contains tannic acid an astringent, which can cut the oil.

*Another trick is to combine a spoonful of malt vinegar in an 8oz. glass of water with 1 tbsp. sea salt. Pour the mixture over your head and massage it into your scalp. If you do this trick a few times a week, you should notice less oil on your scalp.

*Beer can have a drying effect, and it cleans right down to your scalp, leaving your hair with a healthy shine.

*Stay away from leave-ins that weigh your hair down and avoid using hair gloss, hair gels, or shiny hair care products.

*Be sure to not brush, rub, or scratch your hair frequently, as you are stimulating the scalp which will in turn produce more oil.

*To improve the health of your scalp and hair, healthy eating is a must. Junk food and oily food are no good for your hair. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, not only for good scalp and hair but for health as well. Drinking plenty of water is necessary for good hair health and overall wellness.

Getting rid of oily hair is no miracle, but with the right product and incorporating these easy steps, the overall hair and scalp health will dramatically improve. If problems still persists after attempting the methods above, it is best to seek a doctor or a dermatologist as the cause may be internally related.

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