Oily hair is not a good look. It’s greasy at the roots, looks dirty, and has zero volume. We’ve all been there! Unfortunately, people with thin and fine hair types often are more likely to have greasy hair than people with thick and coarse hair types.
Like having oily skin, some people are just prone to having oily hair. Other times, oily hair is because of specific hair care habits. Whether your oily hair is caused by genetics or your hairstyling habits, follow these tips for treating oily hair. These tips will help balance oil production and give you healthier-looking, less greasy hair.
What Causes Oily Hair?
Every hair follicle has a sebaceous gland which produces a natural oil called sebum. Sebum is meant to moisturize the scalp and hair to keep it healthy. When sebaceous glands overproduce sebum, however, greasy hair is the result.
Causes of excess sebum production include:
- Hormonal fluctuations and imbalances
By changing up your hair care routine, most people can treat oily hair on their own. Keep reading to find out how!
7 Tips for Treating Oily Hair
1. Wash Hair Less
Washing too often can actually make your hair more oily. Daily shampooing can strip hair of its natural oils, causing the scalp to overproduce oils to compensate. It may seem counter-intuitive, but if you cut back on washing your hair to just two or three times per week, your hair will be less oily in the long run.
In between washes, use a dry shampoo like Batiste™ to soak up extra oils, and help volumize and refresh hair between washes. Or, use your natural oils to your advantage by pulling hair into a slicked-back ponytail or topknot.
2. Choose the Right Shampoo
Oily hair requires a special shampoo for oily hair, one that thoroughly cleanses hair without stripping it or leaving residue behind.
Use a transparent, gentle shampoo like Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Shampoo. Viviscal Shampoo thoroughly cleanses hair without stripping it of its natural oils, and simultaneously nourishes the outside of strands with a unique combination of densifying vitamins and minerals.
3. Use a Conditioner for Oily Hair
Applying a conditioner that’s too heavy for your hair can make hair look greasier. Use a hydrating yet lightweight conditioner like Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Conditioner to keep hair healthy and moisturized.
4. Change Your Washing Routine
The way that you condition your hair matters as well. Only use conditioner from the mid-shafts of the hair to the ends, where hair tends to be drier. Make sure to always rinse conditioner completely out of your hair with cool water before stepping out of the shower. Cool or cold water helps seal the cuticle, while hot water stimulates the sebaceous glands.
If that doesn’t work, try conditioning hair first, and then shampooing. Experiment and find a shampoo and conditioner routine that works for you.
5. Detox Your Scalp
It’s important to give your scalp a deep cleaning from time to time. Use a clarifying shampoo 2-4 times per month to remove sebum and product buildup. This will help to exfoliate the scalp and keep hair follicles from getting clogged.
6. Clean Your Hairbrush
When was the last time you washed your hairbrush? If you brush your hair to evenly distribute your natural scalp oils throughout your strands that’s great! But over time, oil, dirt and hair products can build up on your hairbrush. Then, the next time you brush your hair, the brush transfers all this gunk onto your locks. No thanks!
Wash your hairbrush weekly using shampoo and lukewarm water to keep it (and your hair) nice and clean.
7. Choose Lightweight Products
You may be using the wrong styling products for oily hair. If you have oily hair, you should avoid using oil-based shine serums and opt instead for more lightweight products. Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Elixir provides hair with volume and body without weighing it down.
Experiment with these tips to find a haircare routine that works for you. If you’ve tried treating oily hair at home and the problem persists, visit a dermatologist.