Is your hair sticking together with hair product and collecting dirt? Is your hair also looking limp? More than likely you are facing the oily hair dilemma and are getting tired of dealing with it. If it is your tendency to get oily hair, there are several ways you can manage this problem and it doesn’t have to be difficult or costly.
To manage oily hair problems, it is helpful to understand why this happens. Most of us who have oily hair think that the reason our hair looks oily is because we have an oily scalp. FALSE. Typically, it is a dry scalp that motivates the oil glands in your scalp to generate more oil. As a result, the excess oil then transfers to your hair. The excess oil in the hair then starts to attract more dirt and dust and hair care products. Ok, but why does this happen? Well, if you are a teenager, blame it on the hormones. In your teens the scalp can secrete more oily sebum. As an adult, pharmaceuticals can affect our hormonal levels and can also have an effect on the oil in our hair. This coupled with stress, or your basic skin problems all factor in. Are you also a person who likes to brush their hair, and brush often? This too, can stimulate the glands resulting in more oil.
Now that we have identified several reasons why we might have oily hair, what can we do to diminish or even eliminate the problem? Aside from the fact that a healthy diet will certainly contribute to the improvement of your hair health, something as simple as the type shampoo you use and how often you shampoo is important to monitor. Use a mild cleansing , oil-free shampoo and if possible limit the number of times you shampoo. If you are someone who feels they need to shampoo daily, only shampoo the hair and not the scalp. As for a conditioner, you will also want to use one that is labeled for oily hair or something that is mild and oil-free. Be sure to rinse your hair with cool or lukewarm water.
Home remedies are bountiful when it comes to trying to deal with oily hair. A vinegar rinse of one part vinegar to four parts water can be used as long as you avoid using it on the scalp. A similar rinse using lemon juice might also be something to try. A diet that is low in saturated fats will help as will drinking plenty of water.
Since we all have different body chemistries, it is extremely difficult to properly diagnose and come up with an all tried and true remedy, so experimentation is needed. However, if some common sense is used as well as applying some of the previously stated suggestions, I am confident you will end up with the shining, beautiful hair that you so much want to have.