Useful Tips to Help you Manage Greasy Hair

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:

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

 

Hair Fall – When To Worry And What To Do About It

How many times have you heard people, especially women, around you or you yourself complaining about hair fall? Numerous times, isn’t it? Hair fall is the most misunderstood and misquoted term in our lives. There are people who would scream hair fall after seeing 8-10 strands of hair on their comb. Eh, are you smiling at this? Are you one of them? Well, you need to read through this article to know when to worry and when not to worry about your hair fall. It is caused due to varied factors but not every factor needs to be worried about. Oh, by the way, worrying too causes hair fall. Okay, was just saying.

Common Causes of Hair Fall

Did you know that losing up to 50-100 strands of hair daily is normal? Yes, a hundred strands of hair is no pressing concern for hair fall. The causes of hair fall can vary from dietary deficiencies to stress. The reasons are more than what you can think of. Let us run you through the major reasons for hair fall:

  1. Dietary Deficiencies

Hair follicles and nails are the last ones to receive or benefit from the nutrients that your body consumes. Hair health can be a direct way of telling whether you lack nutrients or not. Poor nutritional levels are a result of poor eating habits. Add foods rich in nutrients like iron, zinc and folic acid for good hair health.

  1. Stress

The biggest contributing factor in today’s modern lifestyles is stress. It not only contributes to hair fall but also causes various other health issues. The more you will stress about it, the more hair you will lose. Do you see the irony there?

  1. Postpartum Hair Fall

Post delivery, many women go through a drastic hair fall. It is a natural phenomenon and can last up to 3-12 months post delivery. It is a temporary phase and the hair growth cycle returns to normal within a year’s time.

  1. Unhealthy Scalp or Dandruff

Maintaining scalp health is the first and foremost step to ensure healthy hair. When you don’t wash your hair at regular intervals, there’s going to be build-up on the scalp which results in flakes that can be either dandruff or flaky scalp due to dryness and exposure to pollution and dirt. The build-up makes your scalp itchy and stimulates hair fall.

  1. Medical Ailment and Medication

Medical ailments entail consuming strong medicines which more often than not result in hair loss. The hair fall can be due to the consumption of strong medications or due to the medical ailment or disease itself.

  1. Change in Weather and Water

This is one of the most common reasons which people often tend to overlook. You might have observed a change in your hair fall pattern with the change of season. The change in humidity levels and temperatures affect your hair fall and texture. Change in water also does that. If you are relocating to a new city, you can observe the change.

When to worry about hair fall?

Hair fall or hair loss is caused due to varied reasons and you don’t need to fret over every reason. More often than not, the hair loss is a natural phenomenon like during a change in weather or the postpartum hair fall. In such cases, the hair fall can be reversed. You should be concerned when you are unable to find a reason for your hair loss. In such a situation it is always advisable to see a dermatologist and run some medical tests to find out the reason.

If you are losing hair due to a medical condition, talk to your doctor about it and seek guidance in preventing the loss of hair. If you have a receding hairline or bald patches here and there on your scalp, it is an alarming situation. If unchecked, this situation can lead to baldness over a period of time.

Maintain a healthy lifestyle and good hair care regime to take care of your hair. Eat clean and healthy foods preferably rich in iron and folic acids. These nutrients are known to boost hair growth. Keep your scalp clean and massage your scalp daily to infuse blood flow.

Colouring Your Hair? Know This First

The best thing to happen in cosmetology is hair dye. The concept has evolved over the years from the basic henna to a variety of colours available in the market these days. You have a red, a yellow, a green, a blue et al. You name the colour and voila! The range of colours provides you with a chance and scope to play with your looks. The colour and cut of the hair enhance your look, and, hence, it is essential to choose your hair colour wisely just like your haircut. There are many dos and don’ts for picking a perfect haircut, but people seldom pay little heed to the type of colour they should choose.

Things to Know Before Colouring Your Hair

It is recommended to follow a pre hair colouring regime before exposing your hair to such harsh chemicals to ensure that the texture and health of your hair remains intact. More often than not, people neglect the pre colouring hair care. The major focus of people and stylists is usually on the post colour hair care. Make sure to keep your hair healthy before colouring because it can cause severe damage to already damaged hair.

  • Massage your scalp with hot oil at least a couple of days before colouring your hair
  • Avoid washing your hair just before colouring them. Wash your hair a day before doing so
  • Use a mild or sulphate free shampoo to cleanse your scalp
  • Don’t use conditioner before colouring your hair
  • Get rid of your split ends
  • If colouring at home, do a patch test on a very small section of your hair before applying it all over

Choosing the Stylist 

If you are a first timer, pay special attention to choosing your stylist. A good stylist can do wonders to your look. Always choose a professional stylist for colouring your hair. The techniques of hair colouring are complex and not every stylist is well aware of those. Book a pre colouring consulting with the stylist, look at her previous works, discuss with her what you want and see if she is able to understand your requirements or not. Consult friends or acquaintances that have coloured their hair. Their recommendations can come handy when you are confused about finalizing a stylist for yourself.

8 Things to Know Before Colouring Your Hair

Here are a few things to keep in mind before colouring your hair:

  1. Get a Picture for Reference

Loved a look that you came across while surfing the internet or TV channels? Make sure to click a picture of the same to show to your stylist. Tell them what exactly you are looking forward to and it will help them in producing accurate results thereby eliminating any chances of disappointment.

  1. Communicate with the Stylist

As mentioned earlier, it is essential to talk to your stylist and convey her about what are you expecting out of her and the hair colour. It becomes easier for the stylist to work when she knows what exactly you are looking forward to.

  1. Choose a Hair Colour that Reflects Your Personality

We understand that you want to experiment with your looks but whilst you are at it, try and restrict yourself to a colour that will enhance your look and compliment your personality. Just because the blue colour in trending does not mean that it will look great on you too.

  1. Set Realistic Expectations

Many times people walk in the salon with images off the internet that are photoshopped and impractical. Understand this aspect and set realistic expectations for yourself as well as your stylist. If your stylist tells you that she can’t replicate what you want her to then trust her on that.

  1. Choosing Colouring Style

There are many variations and styles in which you can colour your hair. You can opt for highlights, streaks, single colour global, double colour global, highlighting tips etc. Depending upon your lifestyle and needs, choose the colour and style. If you are colouring to cover greys, then global is a good option. If you don’t have many grey strands, you can conceal them with streaks or highlights too. 

  1. If You Are Re-colouring

If you are a repeated user, it is important for you to choose your colour wisely. Repeated use of such harsh chemicals can ruin the health and texture of your hair. Opt for natural or milder hair colours over vibrant and fashion colours. The shades of natural tones are milder on the hair compared to the vibrant colours.

  1. Colouring Your Virgin Hair

Let your stylist know if you are colouring your hair for the first time. Some people’s skin can be reactive to chemicals in hair colour. Ask the stylist to conduct a patch test at the back of your crown. Colouring virgin hair can be fun. Since they haven’t been exposed to chemicals yet, you can opt for any kind of colour that you wish for.

  1. Post Colouring Hair Care and Maintenance

Post colouring hair maintenance and care is a long-term commitment. People often leave it midway. But, it is important to understand that your hair require nourishment and care. Use hair products that your stylist recommends. Before switching or changing your hair care products, talk to your stylist about it.

Keep these simple hair colouring tips in mind the next time you decide to change your look and you’ll be ready for that perfect Instagram pic!