Monday, January 26, 2015

Fix It: Oily Scalp

Having an oily scalp can be really annoying for a lot of people. Sometimes, if feels like no matter what you do, you still end up looking like a greasy mess. Therefore, today's post is about simple tips that you can try in order to fix and prevent excess oil production. These tips are very simple to follow and can make a huge change in the way your hair looks and feels. You can obviously use dry shampoo or other “at home” remedies, but why create extra steps if it’s not necessary? If, by chance, you’re interested in some dry shampoos then check out my reviews HERE and HERE. Otherwise, continue reading for some simple solutions.

Don’t wash every day. Dealing with oily hair can be quite similar to dealing with oily skin. Naturally, when our hair looks very greasy we feel the urge to constantly wash it in order to get rid of that oil. However, by stripping the hair of its natural oils, it causes the scalp to produce an excess amount of oil in order to make up for it. Try to only wash your hair every two to three days. This should help your scalp to start balancing out its oil production.

Wash correctly. Only cleanse your scalp and condition your ends. This way you won’t be over stripping the ends or over conditioning the scalp. Also, make sure you are thoroughly washing out the shampoo and conditioner. If you don’t, it can leave a greasy residue. The same can go for hair products. Using a lot of hair products can leave a buildup which can also result in hair looking greasy. To help get rid of this buildup, use a clarifying shampoo no more than once a week.

Choose the right products. As far as shampoo and conditioner go, try one’s that are balancing or contain tea tree oil. The balancing products will be gentler and help get your hair on a healthier track. They won’t over dry your ends while you’re trying to get rid of an oily scalp and they won’t over moisturize your scalp while you’re trying to hydrate your ends. The tea tree oil is great at getting rid of excess oil but can still be more gentle than other shampoos.

Don’t touch your hair. Styling, brushing and just constantly running your hands through your hair can cause more oil production. This doesn't mean that you can’t style and brush your hair but just limit the amount of styling and brushing. If you are someone who plays with their hair a lot, pay attention to how your hair starts to look throughout the day. If it looks more oily by the end of the day than at the beginning, it might be from touching your hair so much.

Hopefully just making these small changes can really help with your oily scalp. I would suggest trying these tips first for a couple weeks. Most often it takes some time before you really see results so don’t give up right away. I believe these tips will help you out tremendously. I would love to know how these tips work for you or if you have any other suggestions for treating an oily scalp.

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