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Do you ever wake up in the morning and wonder what the heck to do about oily hair? No matter how much you wash it, it’s still oily! No matter what you do, you can’t seem to get rid of oily hair.
So what gives?
With the right products and haircare routine, you can actually prevent oily hair. As in, train your hair to be less oily. Who doesn’t want that?
I used to wash my hair every morning, and by the end of the day it was already oily and greasy. Now, with the right haircare routine, I only wash my hair once a week!
Plus, my hair is healthier than ever!
So, are you ready to finally get rid of oily hair? Then keep reading to find out how!
What Causes Oily Hair?
Oil production can be caused by many different factors. Even as the seasons change, your hair can become more or less oily! Have you noticed that your hair is less oily during the winter?
Here are a few common causes for oily hair:
- Hair Care
Fortunately, good hair care can go a long way in helping prevent oily hair.
Why Does Hair Get Oily?
First, we need to talk about why’s and how’s of oily hair. Once you understand this, it will be much easier to understand what you need to do to fix oily hair.
Sebaceous glands are found all over the skin on your body. They are connected every one of your hair follicles.
They are your hair’s natural conditioner!
Each of those glands are responsible for producing oils that naturally protect and hydrate your scalp, and prevents your hair from becoming dry and brittle.
Your scalp and hair need oil to be healthy.
Then how am I supposed to get rid of oily hair?
You see, there is a delicate balance between oily and dry hair. You want your hair to be somewhere in the middle of the two.
Oil production is not a bad thing. It keeps your skin and hair healthy after all!
The issue is when your scalp is overproducing oils.
You want your scalp to produce some oils that will keep your scalp and hair healthy. But, you don’t want your scalp to produce too many oils because then you end up with oily hair.
Keep reading to find out the best ways to regulate your hair’s oil production and get rid of oily hair.
You can read more about how oils help protect our scalp and hair here.
Wash Less Often
Most people think that when their hair is oily that they just need to wash it.
Over-washing hair can exacerbate oil production and make oily hair worse.
When you wash your hair you removing all those natural oils that are supposed to hydrate your scalp and hair.
Over-washing oily hair will cause the scalp to produce even more oil to keep your scalp and hair from getting dry.
Washing your hair less often will balance out your scalp’s oil production and lead to less oily hair.
Go Sulfate Free
Many people what the best shampoos are for oily hair. Well, the best shampoo for oily hair are those that are sulfate free.
Sulfates like sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate are surfactants found in a lot of personal care products.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is the same thing that’s found in dish soap and it’s extremely harsh on your hair and skin. Yes, sulfates get your hair clean. But, there is such a thing as too clean.
Have you ever washed your hair or skin and afterwards it feels squeaky? You don’t want that!
Sulfates strip your hair of it’s natural oils causing your hair to produce even more oil to compensate. This is why your hair gets oily so quick after washing it.
Sulfate free products are much more gentle on your hair and still get your hair clean.
Shampoo The Right Way
Washing your hair may sound self-explanatory, but many people actually do it wrong. And that’s why their hair is so oily. I never thought there could be a “right way” to wash your hair.
But, as it turns out, all those movies you see of women shampooing their hair and piling it up on their head is completely wrong. Who knew? I certainly didn’t!
So, what’s the right way?
Only Shampoo Your Scalp
Your scalp is the only place you should apply your shampoo. After all, your scalp is what’s oily right?
Shampooing your ends will only dry them out more and the friction of massaging the shampoo throughout your hair can lead to tangles, frizz and breakage.
The ends of your hair will be washed when you rinse out your shampoo. The residue will wash down the length of your hair, which will give it a nice, gentle cleansing.
Massage, Massage, Massage
When you’re shampooing your hair you should be gentle massaging your scalp for at least a minute.
This is particularly important if you use a lot of products or don’t wash your hair very often.
If you aren’t properly massing the shampoo into your scalp you’re potentially leaving tons of oil, product build up and dirt which can lead to even oily hair!
It’s important to massage every inch of your scalp so that you can remove all of that dirt and product build up. If your hair isn’t getting properly cleaned, then of course it’s going to be oily.
Additionally, remember to be gentle with your massaging! Try not to scrub with your fingernails as that can lead to damage and scalp irritation, which in turn, produces more oils.
Use your fingertips to gently massage the shampoo around your scalp making sure to get everywhere.
Try Clarifying Shampoo
Although your regular shampoo does a wonderful job at cleaning your hair, a clarifying shampoo is sometimes needed to to get all of the build up out of your hair.
This is especially true for people who use a lot of products in their hair.
However, everyone can benefit from a little detox no matter what!
Clarifying shampoos are specifically made to get rid of any build up that may be weighing down your hair and making it oily without stripping your hair of it’s natural oils.
Even though clarifying shampoos are great products, you still need to be careful with them and don’t over use them. I recommend using them once or twice a month, depending on how often you wash your hair.
Remember, over using a clarifying shampoo can strip your hair and make the oil production worse.
Use The Right Products
Look for products specifically designed for oily hair. If you aren’t using products formulated for your oily hair type, it’s likely that they are causing your hair to be extra greasy.
Many products have oils or butters in their formulas that can weigh hair down. Yes, they are great for keeping your hair hydrated, but there can be too much of a good thing!
Skip the products that are formulated for dry hair and leave it up to your scalp to naturally replenish your hair with oils.
If your hair products aren’t the right fit for your hair, then your hair is not going to be happy.
Making sure you’re completely rising out the shampoo and conditioner is essential, otherwise your hair will be weighed down and more greasy.
If you aren’t washing out the excess products, then your hair will be coated, which will make your hair feel dirtier and more oily.
Spend an extra minute or so rising out your hair just to ensure everything has been rinsed out and there won’t be anything making your hair greasy.
Stop Touching Your Hair
Your hands come in contact with so many things throughout the day. Along the way, they pick up dirt, oil, bacteria, etc. Then you touch your hair and distribute them into your hair.
This is one of the biggest causes of oily hair and many people don’t think twice about it!
I know I used to be really bad about always touching my hair. Now that I’m more mindful, my hair is much less oily.
Trust me, it’s a hard habit to stop.
Try wearing your hair in a bun or ponytail, or use a headband to keep it out of your face. This will help with the temptation of touching it constantly or having to move it out of your eyes. These are also great hairstyles for oily hair because they help hide the oiliness. Plus, it’s easier to get a sleek bun or ponytail when your hair is a little dirty.
Eventually you will break the habit of touching your hair often and it won’t be a problem anymore.
Obviously, sometimes you do need to touch your hair, so just make sure your hands are clean from any dirt or oils and only touch your hair when necessary.
Condition Ends Only
Conditioner is meant for the ends of your hair ONLY.
I used to think you should condition your whole head! No wonder my hair was so oily.
The ends of your hair are what need the moisture, strength and replenishment. After all, the ends of your hair are older! The hair at your scalp is fresh, and healthier. Plus, it’s closer to your scalp so it’s getting more of those natural oils.
The ends of your hair aren’t getting as many of those natural oils, which is why we need to replace them with conditioner.
Applying conditioner to your already hydrated scalp will just make your hair even more oily and weigh it down.
Of course, everyone’s hair is going to get oily no matter what you do. Even if you follow all of these tips, your hair will still become oily and greasy eventually.
So, dry shampoo will become your new best friend!
Dry shampoo is the perfect, easy fix for oily hair. It will instantly absorb any excess oil, leaving your hair looking clean, fresh and smelling great.
Unfortunately, dry shampoo is only a temporary fix and doesn’t actually help with less oil production. This is important to remember because you can’t just use dry shampoo and hope your hair will magically become less oily.
However, dry shampoo is great for extending time between washes and make the adjustment phase of washing your hair less easier. Which will decrease oil production!
Dry shampoo is a must have for anyone wanting to get rid of oily hair for good.
Before I implemented these tips into my routine, I was washing my hair every single day and it would still be oily by the end of the day. Now I can go a week without washing my hair. Of course, it does still get oily, but that’s what dry shampoo is for!
Try out some of these tips and see if they help you get rid of your oily hair. If you do, let me know in the comments!
If you loved this post, check out my post on getting rid of dry, damaged hair.