The type of hair that you have is a part of your identity. Oily hair is a serious problem for many people, especially those with thick locks. Many people will not understand the struggle you experience with oily hair, as it may seem like an easy problem to fix.
You should think of your hair as a living breathing organism. It's an extension of your body after all! If you've noticed, when you get nervous or stressed, your hair tends to go wild in different directions. Well, in much the same way it reacts to your emotions, your hair reacts to the products you put on it.
If you are tired of trying out shop-bought solutions only to find them ineffective, this guide is for you.
What is Oily Hair?
Oily hair is a condition similar to dandruff caused by the overproduction of sebum by the scalp. Sebum is a natural oil produced by the body that lubricates and protects hair from dryness and environmental damage. It is normally secreted by the sebaceous glands, which are located in your scalp.
Under normal circumstances, sebum softens and lubricates your hair, making it easier to comb. However, too much sebum production will leave your hair looking greasy and oily.
Why is My Hair so Oily?
There are several factors that influence the amount of sebum your hair produces. One of these is genetics. If your parents were people who had oily hair, you are likely to have oily hair as well.
Another factor is hormones, which play a role in stimulating the sebaceous glands to produce more sebum. For example, when you’re stressed out or under pressure, your body releases hormones like adrenaline and cortisol which spike the production of sebum.
Another factor is the frequency with which you wash your hair. Washing your hair too frequently will strip the natural oils that keep it strong and healthy. The opposite is also true. Leaving oil or dirt on your scalp can cause dandruff, build-up, and other problems.
The last factor is what you eat and drink. The foods you consume can either increase or decrease the amount of sebum—therefore
What Can I do to Make My Hair Less Oily?
The scalp produces excess sebum oil to compensate for the loss of moisture due to blow-drying, coloring, and other forms of styling. This results in a huge buildup of sebum along the hair shaft, leading to an increase in hair loss and dry locks. To make your hair less oily, first identify each one of these factors that are making your hair oily. It could be blow-drying, coloring, styling products or even running your hands through your hair constantly.
Use a clarifying shampoo once a week so that you can remove excess oil without drying out your hair. Similarily you can use a rinse on your hair 1 - 2 times a week. Here is a great Apple Cider Vinegar for oily hair:
What you will need:
- 1 cup of water
- 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons of baking soda
- 3 drops of lavender essential oil (optional)
Pour the water into a bowl. Add the ACV, baking soda, and lavender oil, if using. Mix well and store in a airtight container.
- Pour the rinse over your head massaging it into your scalp. Be careful to avoid contact with your eyes.
- Let the mixture sit on your hair for 1-2 minutes.
- Rinse the apple cider vinegar mixture out of your hair throughly.
- Apply conditioner to the ends of your hair as normal.
Tips for using ACV on your hair:
- This rinse is a treatment. Begin by using it once a week and then increase to twice a week if it works well and doesn't irritate your scalp.
- If your hair is shoulder length or shorter then you should reduce the amount of vinegar by 1/2.
With the right routine, you can achieve healthy hair that’s full of volume without having to worry about your oily roots. Follow these tips and tricks to keep your locks looking picture perfect!