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How to Treat Oily Hair

We talk about dry hair problems more often than oily hair and find hair products that are going to moisturise our hair and give it the shiny, healthy look that it deserves. However, there are many people who have naturally greasy or oily hair. The oiliness shows on the scalp and can make your forehead and face feel oily too which in turn can cause acne.

However, an oily scalp does not mean that your hair is overly nutritioned or healthy. It could be that your scalp is actually very dry as an oily scalp is usually accompanied with dandruff. Having a hot oil treatment at least twice a month will help with the dry scalp. The environment and weather can be a cause of dry scalps such as exposure to intense heat and sunshine or extreme cold weather and wind.

Some of the reasons for greasy hair is diet, genetics and overall hygiene. Washing your hair everyday, does not help though. In fact if you leave your hair unwashed for longer then you will notice your hair is lighter and bouncier when you shampoo it. Keeping a little oil on your scalp may look awful but actually helps the hair.

If you have excessive oily hair then seek medical advice to see whether you have any health problems that could be causing the excess build up. It could be a sign of a serious illness such as HIV or Parkinsons.

We have sebaceous glands all over our body except for the palm of our hands and soles of our feet. These glands work on overdrive around the scalp causing an over production of oil. This oil then can cause irritation through toxins and bacteria if the scalp is not cleaned regularly. So it is vital that you use a mild shampoo that does not have too many chemicals that can aggravate the sebaceous glands.

Another way of over activating the glands is by scrubbing the scalp with your fingers when shampooing. Try and gently massage the scalp to stimulate blood flow and do not scrub thinking it will clean the scalp better. This is not the case. If you do use a conditioner then avoid applying it to the scalp and only to the hair and tips where it is more likely to be dry. Even though you may have dandruff and dry scalp, the conditioner has certain smoothing agents that will leave the hair heavy and flat. Massaging with hair oils on a regular basis is better than a conditioner for dry scalps.

For a natural remedy, you could apply a few drops of tea tree oil, a stalk of lemongrass, a squeeze of lemon juice or a few mint leaves inside your shampoo bottle. Make sure to use lukewarm water when washing hair instead of hot water. You could also apply dried sage, stinging nettle or rosemary, about two tablespoons to a litre of boiling water, let it cool down to a more desired temperature and then use that water to rinse the hair.

If you are in a hurry and don’t have time to wash you hair then try using a dry shampoo that you apply to the hair without the need to rinse. You can make some yourself by mixing one part of baking soda and an equal amount of corn starch. Sprinkle it around your head and then brush it out.

Always clean your hairbrush regularly. You can clean it by soaking the brush and applying a bit of your shampoo and give it a good clean removing all the hair in the brush as well. Change your towel often as well so that you have a dry and clean towel each time you dry your hair.

Also eat healthy and get some exercise, the heart rate will raise and circulate more oxygen to your cells which helps your overall health and that too of your scalp and hair. Drink plenty of water which cleanses out any toxins in the body and that of your scalp and skin. Essential fatty oils are also needed for good general health found in nuts and oily fish but avoid fatty foods or fast foods that have a high concentration of the wrong fats as this will contribute to the oil production.

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