Running late for office and have an important meeting later in the day but your hair seems to be too messed up and greasy to survive the day without a hair wash? Read on this article to help save yourself during such situations.
Before we jump on to dealing with this issue, it is vital to understand the reasons for an oily scalp. The greasiness can be due to various factors such as hormonal imbalance, dandruff, using wrong products etc. All these factors can result in excessive production of sebum – the natural oil secreted by your hair follicles.
If there is a sudden change in your pattern, you need to consider seeing a dermatologist, and if you have grown up with an oily scalp then it merely means that your hair follicles produce excessive sebum compared to others – it’s natural and fine.
Managing Greasy Hair
The most common trick or tip out there seems to be to wash your hair daily or as frequently as possible. But the truth is that washing hair frequently can actually make the scalp greasier. Yes, you read that right. Oily scalp is a result of the production of excessive sebum which is a natural uncontrollable process. When you wash your hair frequently, you strip off your scalp of the natural sebum. The body’s instant reaction to it is panic. As a response to this panic, hair follicles produce excessive sebum to rehydrate the scalp making it greasier than before.
So what are the other options? Read on these tips to manage greasy hair:
- Change / Break Sebum Production Cycle
This can be done by altering the hair wash routine. Extend wash days to understand your sebum production cycle. Instead of washing hair every day, wait until your hair gets extremely greasy. Start slowly by extending the wash day by one day gradually making it 2-3 days. This will help in altering the sebum cycle.
- Read Ingredients on Your Shampoo and Conditioner
More often than not, people choose hair products depending upon the brand instead of the ingredients. In fact, 85% of people do not even bother to read the ingredients on hair products! To beat sebum, one needs to balance the scalp moisture. Using clarifying shampoos can help the cause. And to maintain the moisture balance, follow the clarifying shampoo with a moisturizing conditioner. Avoid shampoos with SLS, parabens and mineral oils.
- Shampooing Technique
How you shampoo your hair plays an important role in maintaining a healthy scalp. Oily heads should completely avoid using shampoo brushes or using fingernails to scratch the scalp. Scratching the scalp ends in higher production of sebum. Always use fingertips to gently massage the scalp while shampooing.
- Stop Touching Your Hair!
As good as it feels to run your fingers through that soft and silky hair, one should completely avoid it. Touching hair frequently escalates sebum production thereby making your hair oily. Don’t touch your scalp until and unless necessary.
- Use Hair Dryer on Cool Air Setting
The heat from the blow dryers makes the hair follicles swell which results in increased sebum secretion. It is advisable to use blow dryers on the cool air setting. This will not only help in containing the sebum production but will also help in setting the hairstyle for longer periods.
- Dry Shampoos
Dry shampoos are a boon. Dry shampoos generally come in spray bottles and are convenient to use when you are in a rush. It is the best way to combat oily scalp on busy days.
- Water Temperature While Washing
Start the wash with lukewarm water. Don’t use hot water. Hot water stimulates sebum producing glands. Always end the wash with cold water. It helps in closing the hair cuticles which helps in protecting from damage and excessive sebum production.
- Experiment with Hairstyles
The hair can get greasy when they lie flat on the scalp. Try hairstyles that would lift up your roots and keep the rest of the hair away from touching your scalp all the time. Ponytails are one of the best examples and you can experiment with the variations in this.
Hair health is a direct signal of your lifestyle and healthy living habits. Hair and nails are the last parts of the body to receive the nutrition that your body consumes. Besides these tips, eat healthy and nutritious food. Hair transitioning is a very slow process. Adopting these changes won’t give you instant results. Be patient and give time to your hair to adapt to the new changes.