When freshly washed oily hair looks beautiful, due to its advantage over the other hair types – it is usually healthy, strong and nourished because of the beneficial action of the scalps natural oils, they act like a natural conditioner for the strands. The problem shows with the passing of the hours, when it starts to look oily and weighted down. The situation is even worse especially in the morning when getting up.
Other annoyance is that the accumulated sebum smells unpleasantly. Even though there is a belief that the oily hair shouldn’t be washed frequently, I think it should be washed daily to be maintained clean, shiny and pleasantly smelling.
What causes greasy hair?
The sebaceous glands produce natural oils called sebum. Its function is to condition and nourish the scalp and the hair naturally. Sometimes, for different reasons, the sebaceous glands may become hyperactive. The consequences are sebum overproduction, which results in oily hair.
The first step of resolving the problem is to determine what causes it. The most common causes for oily hair are: hormonal imbalance, nervous system problems, heredity, a high fat diet, or bad hair care regimen.
What can you do if your hair is oily?
The fat consumption should be monitored, and if it is necessary reduce the intake.
Check your health status – hormones, nervous system. If you experience some hormonal imbalance, you should have other symptoms, too.
When you are nervous, you scratch your scalp, thus stimulating the sebaceous glands to produce more sebum.
How to care for oily hair:
Do not be afraid of frequent hair washing. If you feel the urge, wash your mane daily, but use only containing gentle surfactants shampoos for frequent use. The aggressive detergents, used in the shampoos for oily hair, are useful to remove the oils and the dirt accumulated, but if used daily could damage the hair and the scalp.
Apply the shampoo with gentle circular movements of the fingertips. Be careful not to use nails as any aggressive actions as scratching or rubbing the scalp make the sebaceous glands to produce more oil.
Use light hair conditioners, without silicones, and apply a small amount only to the strands, not to the scalp.
Do not make the mistake of not using hair conditioner because your hair is oily, especially for long hair. The shampoo and the heat open the surface of the hairs and remove their natural oils. The conditioner smoothes back the surface and protects from damage and split ends.
Hot water is not good for the skin nor for the hair and the scalp. Especially, if the scalp is oily, pouring with hot water stimulates sebum production. Use lukewarm water instead.
Rinse thoroughly the hair and the scalp to remove completely the product. This is important for all hair types.
Do not rub the hair with a towel. This is not good for oily hair, as the aggressive frictions can irritate the scalp, thus activating the sebaceous glands. Just wrap the head with a towel and wait till the excess water absorbs.
For oily hair better use wooden wide-tooth combs or natural bristle brushes. Use them only when it’s necessary, because brushing distributes the oils to the locks. Avoid scratching the scalp.
The comb or the brush should be clean. Make it a habit to wash them frequently with warm water.
Do not comb your hair before bedtime and sleep on clean pillowcases.
Scalp massages are very beneficial for the body, but as you can guess, it is not recommended for oily hair. Still, you can get your scalp massage, using natural oils, before hair washing. Jojoba oil is especially good for oily hair – regulates the sebum secretion. You can add a few drops of essential oils of geranium, eucalyptus, lavender and grapefruit.
Use clay treatments that absorb excess scalp oils like Rene Furterer Curbicia Clay Mask Argilla.
Use herbs like chamomile, peppermint and calendula for herbal treatments.