We all love hydrated, shiny locks that are healthy and full of life! However, what happens when your hair seems to go from fresh and fab to greasy enough to fry an egg on? Oily hair is a serious problem for so many of us and it seems like the only solution is constant washing. We’re here with a few tips and tricks to try out when it comes to oily hair struggles and why you might be experiencing it.
Why so oily?
While natural oils are great for your hair and are there to keep it healthy and hydrated, it’s not so great when this gets taken to the extreme. Excess oil is produced when our sebaceous glands are overactive and are producing too much sebum. The result? Greasy hair for days. There’s no need to worry, however! We’ve got your back.
Cut down on washing
This might seem counterproductive to someone who has oily hair but hear us out. Washing your hair every day can lead to your locks feeling dry and dehydrated, causing them to produce even more oil to compensate for the lack of moisture. We recommend trying to only wash your hair 2 to 3 times per week in order to re-train your hair wash cycle and minimise oil production.
Consider your conditioner placement
Piling on the conditioner to the roots of your hair can actually contribute to oil production and cause your hair to become greasier. Try to only condition the lengths of your hair with a small amount of product, avoiding the roots altogether. The natural oils of your hair will help to keep your roots soft and smooth, without the need for conditioning products.
Try to keep your hands off your hair
Just like you should avoid touching your face with your hands throughout the day, the same goes for your hair. As our hands come into contact with so many different things, constantly running them through our hair can cause a build-up of oil. As tempting as it is, try to keep your hands away from your hair!
Cut down on the products
All those sprays, mousses and creams that you are using in your hair might be essential to you to perfect it, but the truth is that they can all be contributing to the build-up of hair oil and causing your locks to become greasy. Try to cut back on the number of products you use to style your hair every day.
Minimise hair brushing
There’s no reason why you can’t give your hair a quick brush to keep it soft and knot-free, however, excess brushing might be contributing to your oily locks. Hair brushing stimulates oil production and can distribute the sebum throughout the roots and ends. Try to only brush your hair as needed!
Turn down the heat
We all love a nice hot shower to wake us up in the morning or wash the day off at night, but shampooing and conditioning your hair in water that is too hot can actually cause oil glands to produce more oil. Try turning the temperature down when washing your hair.