If your hair falls flat at the roots and you find yourself reaching for your shampoo every day just to feel comfortable going about your day, you officially have oily hair. This is how you fix it!
Several factors can affect the sebum production on your scalp. These are the most common causes for oily hair:
Washing your hair too much
Over-washing your hair can strip the scalp of its natural oils and in turn, the sebaceous glands trigger a defense response that makes sebaceous glands produce more oil faster, then you keep on washing it more often. Using a shampoo that is too harsh can also strip your hair from its natural oils. Harsh shampoos contain sulfates that affect your scalp’s microbiome, so if you have oily hair go for sulfate-free shampoos.
Dirt, oil, and product can build up around the opening of follicles, this suffocates the hair root and produces inflammation. These products usually have silicone or oil and could make your hair look even oilier, especially if you are layering the products without removing the product buildup. As these products are meant to block water and air, it prevents your natural sebum from penetrating the strand, thus causing it to sit over several layers.
Stress is one of the biggest triggers of skin issues from causing pimples, dull skin, premature aging to oily scalp. Oil follicles on the scalp are very similar to those found in your neck, back and chest. So stress can increase oil production on your scalp too.
Hair and scalp type
Strait hair and lose waves are more prone to oily hair; this is because oil finds it easier to travel from the shaft to the tips of straight hair than curly hair. On the other hand, the amount of sebum your scalp produces varies from person to person.
How to fix it
Wash less often
I know it might sound confusing, but washing your hair less often will actually reduce the amount of sebum you produce in the long run. There will be a period when your scalp will feel quite greasy, but experts say it could be around a month, then it gets better. Exactly how often you should wash it, it depends on you, I would recommend using a sulfate-free shampoo and start washing it once every two days and see how your hair responds to it.
Silk pillowcases or head wraps allow your hair to slide as your turn and prevent friction –which translates to less pulling, breaking, and tangling. Fabrics like satin help retain the hair's natural oils.
Use natural products
Witch hazel can help deal with product buildup and control your sebum production. Tea tree can remove oil and debris, an apple cider vinegar rinse will restore the pH levels and help manage oil production too.