What Makes Hair Oily
For some people, all it takes is a few hours for their hair to look like a mop that’s just been used to clean up a puddle of olive oil. It doesn’t seem to matter how much you wash it. It always becomes greasy again.
Except, how often you wash it and what you wash it with might be the problem.
What Causes Oily Hair?
Every pore in your skin has a sebaceous gland that naturally produces an oily substance called sebum. Sebum is what moistens hair and gives it that natural shine. It’s also what keeps it from drying out and breaking.
It’s natural, and your body needs it for many reasons, including protecting your hair. But sometimes, your body can produce more than what’s needed. That’s when the problems start.
What causes this is different for everyone, but some of the problems include:
- Hormonal changes
- Seasonal changes
- Improper hair care
- Common habits, like touching your hair too often
No matter what causes it, when your body produces too much sebum, your natural reaction is to remove it by using more shampoo or washing it more often or something else entirely. It doesn’t really matter what you do. What does matter is that your body will react by kicking your glands into overdrive to produce extra, leading to oily hair.
What Can I Do To Minimize Oily Hair?
Even if you were to completely shave your head, you’d most likely still have an oily head. (But you would solve your greasy hair problem!) That’s because your hair is only a part of the problem.
When you wash your hair, you strip away natural oils from your scalp, which, as we’ve mentioned before, causes your scalp to produce more. Using a shampoo that dries it out only makes it worse.
By washing your hair less often (even just once a week), you will coax your body into slowing down its sebum production. Although, this usually takes a couple of weeks to notice.
Just so you know, the amount of sebum your body naturally produces is based on genetics, so you’ll have to experiment to find the right amount of shampooing to do each week.
If your body naturally produces a lot of oil, you might have to use shampoo once every 1-2 days. If you’re more on the dry side, aim for once every 5-7 days. You could also fall somewhere in the middle.
How Should I Wash My Hair?
No matter how much oil your body produces, you should always avoid scrubbing your scalp excessively when you use shampoo. It can irritate and inflame your scalp, which also makes your body produce more sebum. You should also minimize how much conditioner you use as it can increase the amount of oil in your hair.
Instead of scrubbing, we suggest rinsing your hair for 30 seconds under cold water to ensure you’ve removed all of the shampoo. The cold water will also close your cuticles, which reduces hair damage. When possible, allow your hair to dry naturally without using any heat from blow dryers or other sources.
Other things you can do to combat oily hair include keeping your hands off your hair throughout the day to reduce oil transfer, eating foods with B vitamins—particularly B2 and B6, and using a shampoo that’s free of harsh chemicals, such as sulfates, preservatives, and parabens.
What Shampoo Ingredients Are Best For Oily Hair?
Shampoos containing natural botanical ingredients and essential oils tend to be rich in vitamins and nutrients. These offer the perfect balance between removing excess oil and cleaning your hair without drying it out.
Another thing to check for, if you can, is the translucency of the shampoo. The more translucent the liquid, the fewer surfactants it usually contains, which means it’s gentler on your scalp.
On top of that, stay away from shampoos with harsh chemicals, like sulfates and parabens. Check for shampoos marked as sulfate-free and paraben-free.
How Often Should I Wash My Hair with Shampoo and Conditioner?
Our scalps generally get shinier and more oily as natural sebum production occurs during the day. So nothing is going to make the oil go away completely. However, with time, you should see improvement.
While you’re looking for a new shampoo, we’d like you to consider trying Puretanica Cool Bliss Shampoo and Conditioner. They’re natural, sulfate-free, and paraben-free, which means they’re made specifically to help with many things, including oily hair. Give it a try. We bet you’ll see a difference in just a few weeks!