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Do you find your hair gets oily way too fast? A day or two after washing it is back to looking unwashed and dirty? Well you, my friend, probably have oily hair. Today, I would like to share with you my top 10 natural solutions that will help you keep the grease away.
Ever since I was a little girl, I considered hair an important part of my life. It reflected femininity, beauty, health and patience. But as I grew older, my hair started to become heavy looking and unmanageable. Due to all the oils it would clump together in an unattractive gel like hair do. I tried every product out there, starting from Dove and working my way up to something as expensive as Alterna Caviar. Anyways, after a lot of money had been invested, I realized that I can achieve the same results with these, easy, natural home remedies.
Before we go any further, I would like to say that oily hair is not considered an illness. On the contrary, oils are a natural discharge of the scalp that helps preserve healthy hair. However, if your hair gets oily within two days after washing, you might have a problem. This means that instead of producing enough oil to moisturize and keep your hair healthy, your scalp is producing excess amounts. This might be happening for reasons such as hormonal changes, excessive stress, heredity, or poor hair care. Excess oil production can even happen because you might be consuming too much oily foods! Because oil production is clearly linked to your scalp which indicates that your pH level is imbalanced. It is very important to keep your scalp clean. That doesn’t necessarily mean to shampoo your hair everyday since chemicals in some shampoos can further aggravate the problem. So let me be your guide into the world of natural home remedies that will keep your hair oil free and healthy.
When you are choosing a shampoo for oily hair you should always get something natural and organic. Your shampoo should be specifically made for oily hair, which would be clearly stated on the label. It is a must that you choose a water based formula! Because oily hair tends to have a lot of residue of its own, make sure your shampoo’s first ingredient is water and that it is clear in color. Avoid like a plague, any shampoos that are oil base!
Conditioner is an important part of healthy hair routine! However, you don’t want to over do it. So when you are choosing your conditioner, make sure it is light. Try to avoid conditioners that are based on heavy oils such as macadamia nut oil, unless it is specifically made for oily hair.
If you have oily hair never, ever, apply conditioner to your scalp (unless you have a scalp problem, but then you really shouldn’t have oily hair)! I cannot stress this enough! If you apply conditioner to scalp with potential for oil overproduction, you are going to end up with double oily hair! Instead, apply your conditioner mid-shaft down to your roots.
Every time you wash your hair make sure you rinse it with cold water. Cold water will seal hair cuticles and scalp pores, which will result in less oil production.
A lot of the time if you have oily hair, your pH level is out of wack as well. Apple cider vinegar can effectively remedy oily hair by balancing the pH level of the scalp. Apple cider vinegar also has properties that will make your hair shiny and soft!
Much like apple cider vinegar, lemon juice with its acidic properties helps to balance out the pH levels of the scalp. Lemon juice also has added vitamins and minerals which promote healthy hair.
This method works because of astringent that is known as tannic acid, which can be found in black tea. Tannic acid helps prevent oil build up by tightening the pores on your scalp. Keep in mind, this option is not idea if you are blonde because black tea can stain!
Aloe vera will control oil secretion by detoxifying your scalp and nourishing its roots. With all the vitamins, minerals and enzymes, aloe vera will keep your hair looking and feeling healthy from the roots to the tips.
Did you know that the dry shampoo that you just bought consists of baking soda? Because baking soda has high oil absorption qualities, it is an effective way to keep your oils at bay. Baking soda also help to balance your scalp with its natural alkaline levels.
Note: If you are in a rush and can’t wash your hair, apply baking soda straight to the roots of your hair as a dry shampoo!
For those of you who haven’t heard of this ingredient, Fuller’s earth is a type of clay that contains various minerals which balance out your pH level and improve blood circulation. Bonus points: improved blood circulations means your hair will grow faster!
Egg whites battle oily hair while egg yolks strengthen your hair with protein!
Because tomatoes have acidic properties, they naturally help balance out your pH level and in turn, reduce oil secretion.
This one is interesting, don’t you think? Well, vodka is actually an ideal hair tonic that will maintain balanced pH level and will close your pores.
This one is a little different. Instead of focusing on balancing pH level, this remedy focusses on proper conditioning that will battle excess oil production.
I am a firm believer that washing less actually helps to control oil production. I know you will find other sites that state otherwise, but through professional (I have worked in hair industry for seven years!) and personal experience I have learned that if your scalp is constantly being stripped from oils, it will react with forceful replacement of those oils. This will only result in unnecessary oil production. But honestly, it does not matter what science is behind it all, everyone is different. What works for me, might not work for you. So go ahead and try these out! One of these home remedies out to work for you!