6 Effective Tips to Combat Oily Hair
What to do when we have oily hair? Just like dandruff, it is a phenomenon of our scalp that we do not like that much… In this article, you will find natural tips to regulate the production of sebum from your scalp.
But first of all, what is the cause of oily hair?
If your face skin tends to be oily, then your scalp may also be oily, as an extension of your skin as a whole. It is therefore a natural cause.
But you may have caused it yourself by stimulating the sebaceous glands in your scalp. In response, they will produce more sebum than usual.
Most of the time, excess sebum is the result of an inappropriate hair routine. Aggressive shampoos, heated appliances, too frequent washing, etc… It can also be the result of your lifestyle (diet, fatigue, stress), hormones (menstruation, stopping or taking the pill, pregnancy).
In any case, nothing is irreversible: you can reduce this production of sebum for a less oily appearance of your hair. Now let’s take a look at our tips for fighting oily hair!
Tip number 1: space your shampoos for less oily hair
We often tell you: there is nothing good about washing your hair too often. Washing your hair too many times will be like an aggression for your scalp because the sebaceous glands (always them) will feel attacked and will produce more sebum to protect themselves.
It is very tempting to shampoo more often to get rid of oily hair. But now you know that this is not what your stressed scalp needs… To space out shampoos (2 per week maximum) here are some tips:
- Use a dry shampoo to make it last longer
- Start by adding a day between each regular wash
- Then space out more over time
- Do not touch your hair
Your efforts will pay off after a few weeks/months. The end of the tunnel is not so far!
Tip number 2: Use a gentle shampoo
Let’s forget the chemical products (aka – the conventional shampoos) and let’s pay attention to the surfactants used, even in the organic and natural shampoos.
The list of ingredients to ban absolutely:
- Silicones (which suffocate the scalp)
- Aggressive surfactants such as sulfates (irritants)
At Ayda, we wanted to develop a solid shampoo to complete your eco-friendly beauty routine. But we also wanted to avoid using surfactants, no matter how gentle they may be. The only way to do this was through cold saponification, which is the natural process used to make soft, skin-friendly soaps.
We have formulated a cold-saponified solid shampoo that has no added surfactants, but foams like a soap. By the way, if you have oily hair, you may be interested in our solid shampoo for oily hair.
Tip number 3: no-poo to fight against oily hair
There is nothing better than to naturally cleanse your scalp using the no-poo method, which is the fact of washing your hair without a “classic” shampoo.
Did you know ? Rhassoul can replace your usual shampoo! This is called the no poo method (no shampoo). Extremely gentle on the scalp, it will help rid it of impurities and absorb excess sebum.
It is very gentle on the hair because it does not contain surfactants (with a more or less gentle foaming & detergent effect). On the other hand, it contains natural saponins that gently cleanse the hair without damaging the scalp or the sebaceous glands, which are responsible for the production of sebum.
Here is our favorite no-poo mask recipe:
- 2 tablespoons of rhassoul
- 1 teaspoon of jojoba oil (see the list of recommended vegetable oils for oily hair below)
- 1 teaspoon of aloe vera gel
- a few drops of essential oil (check their properties and precautions for use – see the list of recommended essential oils for oily hair below)
- 2 tablespoons of mineral water or rose hydrosol
Leave this mask on your scalp for 5 to 10 minutes and rinse with clear water.
Did you know? Aloe vera gel is known for its moisturizing properties, but it also works wonders for oily or irritated scalps. It naturally regulates sebum production. Discover all the benefits of aloe vera on Ayda’s blog.
Also read our article on the 5 benefits of rhassoul on Ayda’s blog.
Tip number 4: Avoid heating appliances
The repeated use of heating devices will attack the scalp, because hair is afraid of heat, and the sebaceous glands, wanting to protect themselves, will produce more sebum. Therefore, we avoid as much as possible the hair dryer (or very little time), the straightener, the curling iron, the brushings. As for the hair dryer, you can set it to lukewarm or cold heat and use it about 20 cm from your hair.
The second disadvantage of heated appliances is that they will weaken the hair fiber and damage the lengths and tips of the hair.
Another point: be careful with plastic combs and brushes, and brushes that do not have protective tips on the pins. It is best to choose wooden combs and brushes.
Tip number 5: Regulate the sebum of oily hair with vegetable oils
We might mistakenly think that using vegetable oils on our scalp will only make it more oily. On the contrary, some vegetable oils can regulate excess sebum. This is the case with hazelnut oil and jojoba oil, which are known for their sebum-regulating properties.
How to use them?
Mix one of these vegetable oils or a mixture of both (1 tablespoon in total) with a few drops of essential oils (2-3 are enough). Apply this mixture on your scalp, taking off the roots well. Let it rest for 15-30 minutes and then wash with a mild shampoo. Use this oil bath once a week to see the long-term effects.
Tip number 6: Regulate the sebum of oily hair with essential oils
When it comes to essential oils, we advise you to choose essential oils that will naturally regulate the production of sebum in your scalp.
Here is the list:
- Atlas cedar
- Rosemary with cineole
- Clary sage
How to use them?
In your shampoo: add 2 to 3 drops of essential oil (alone or mixed) to your dose of liquid shampoo. Just mix it all together in the palm of your hand, being careful not to get any product in your eyes.
In your mask (no poo): as in the recipe above.
Our article is coming to an end, we hope these tips against oily hair have helped you!