If you have oily hair you know how difficult it can be to give it life and body. It tends to hang flat against your scalp no matter how many skillful manipulations you do. It’s particularly frsutrating to have oily hair when the warm, humid weather approaches which tends to magnify your scalp oiliness. Are there any solutions to this undesirable problem?
Fortunately, there are things you can do to help reduce buildup of oil on the scalp and remove the excess oil that’s weighing down your hair. Here are some simple solutions:
1. Pick a shampoo designed specifically for oily hair.
Shampoos for oily hair tend to be deep cleansing and help remove excess sebum from the scalp and hair shafts. You don’t want to use a shampoo too high in detergent content since it can strip the hair of the protection it needs against the elements. You may need to shampoo twice to remove the excess sebum. If you notice on your first shampoo the shampoo isn’t sudsing, you know it’s removing large amounts of sebum and you’ll need to repeat. Shampoo repeatedly until it suds easily upon application to your hair and scalp.
2. Be frugal with the amount of conditioner you use.
Use a conditioner designed for oily hair and use only a small amount. As you probably have already noted, conditioner can weigh hair down and give it a limp, lifeless look. You don’t need this when you have a problem with excess oil production.
3. Consider using a clarifying shampoo once a week to remove buildup.
A clarifying shampoo will further help to remove buildup of sebum, as well as remove hair styling products that might be weighing your hair down and making it lifeless. Be sure to get a brand made specifically for oily hair.
4. Limit the amount of brushing and styling you do.
Excessive brushing and hair grooming causes scalp sebum to be pulled down the hair shaft, further aggravating the oily hair problem. Brush your hair as little as possible throughout the day and be sure to clean your brush every day to remove any buildup of oils and hair care products.
5. Consider shampooing more frequently to reduce sebum buildup.
Many people with oily hair get best results when they shampoo their hair and scalp on a daily basis. This prevents any buildup from occuring.
6. Consider what medications you’re taking.
Some medications such as the birth control pill can increase scalp oiliness by altering hormone levels. Ask you doctor if any medications you’re taking could be contributing to your oily scalp.
9. Consider the occasional use of a dry shampoo.
If shampooing on a daily basis doesn’t solve your oily hair problem, try using a dry, powder based shampoo during the day. The powder base helps to remove sebum buildup and adds body to your hair.
10. Give lemon juice a try.
Lemon juice with its acidic properties helps to balance an oily scalp and is effective at removing some of the sebum builup. Try using it as a final rinse when you shampoo.
If you still have a problem with greasy, lifeless hair after giving these oily hair remedies a try, you may want to consult your hairdresser to see if she can recommend a professional salon treatment to bring bounce and fullness back to your oily hair.