Just like oily skin, an oily scalp isn’t much fun.
The buildup of oil at your roots can make your hair look flat and limp – and worse yet, dirty! – even if you wash every morning. If you’re like me and have super fine hair to boot, all the extra oil in your hair can make styling and adding volume nearly impossible.
But that doesn’t mean you’re doomed to a life of greasy, lifeless hair. You just need to tweak your hair care routine to make sure you’re using the right products and techniques to keep the oil in check, so your locks look fresh and clean all day long. Here are a few tips to guaranteed to make greasy hair a thing of the past.
Shampoo the Right Way
It may seem obvious, but washing your hair regularly with a mild shampoo is the best way to keep excess oil from building up on your scalp. Choose a shampoo designed for oily hair like Phytopanama+ Frequent Use Shampoo for Slightly Oily Hair, which can be used daily. Make sure to massage the shampoo into your scalp, and allow it to sit on your hair for a 2-3 minutes before rinsing it out.
Use an Astringent
Sometimes, shampoo alone isn’t enough to get rid of yucky oil buildup on your scalp. Rinsing with natural astringents can help cut down on the oily residue on your scalp, so your hair looks fresh and clean. After shampooing, treat your hair with a mixture of lemon juice and water. (Vinegar and water works too, but it definitely doesn’t smell as nice!) Pour it over your hair, making sure to work it through all the strands before rinsing with clean water.
Rely on Dry Shampoo
If your scalp is extremely oily, your hair may start to look greasy and flat by the middle of the day – even if you’ve shampooed in the morning. Since washing your hair more than once a day isn’t usually possible (or good for your hair), keep a bottle of dry shampoo on hand to deal with any oiliness that creeps up during the day. Dry shampoos like Oscar Blandi Dry Shampoo contain oil-absorbing ingredients like natural oat and rice starches to help freshen hair throughout the day. Spray the dry shampoo at your roots and massage it into your scalp. Let it sit for a few minutes before using a brush to work it through the rest of your hair.
Sometimes, you may have an oily scalp but dry, frizzy ends (like me! My scalp is grease-city, while years of dying and heat styling have left me with fried ends). Conditioner is a must for combating dehydrated hair, but it can add even more oil and residue to your scalp. If you must use a conditioner, opt for a lightweight formula like Dessert Essence Organics Lemon Tea Tree Conditioner – and apply it only to the ends of your hair to keep your scalp oil-free.
Don’t Brush Too Often
When it come to styling your hair, try to minimize your use of brushes and combs. Brushing your hair actually removes the oils from your scalp and distributes them throughout your hair. Sounds good, right? Unfortunately, instead of helping oily hair, it actually makes things worse because your scalp may start overproducing oil to compensate for the loss. Brush your hair in the morning as you style it, but try to use your fingers to comb through the ends when it gets a little messy during the day.