Reader Vivian emailed me to ask me about oily hair, and I was at a bit of a loss as to how to respond because I don’t have oily hair. So, I thought we could all chip in with some bits of advice 🙂 Here’s her query:
I have really really oily hair. Currently using schwarzkopf deep cleansing shampoo but my hair still oily as ever. Really have no idea what to do with it. Do u have any suggestion?
Well, here’s what I suggested to Vivian to do, based on what little I know about managing oily hair.
Wash your hair everyday
We live in the tropics where its hot and humid and the weather can exacerbate a oily hair condition. I’d suggest washing your hair everyday with a shampoo meant for oily hair. Make sure you get the shampoo right onto your scalp to properly clean it because sometimes we sweat and the sebum can make hair look greasy and lank. Also, always make sure that you rinse out shampoo properly so there’s no build up. I wash my hair everyday but thats from choice and personal comfort 🙂
Only condition the ends of the hair
This applies for everyone really. Conditioner or hair treatments should only be applied to the ends of the hair about halfway from the root. If you apply it too near the root, limp hair can fall flat because it makes the hair heavier at the root. If you have an oily scalp applying treatments or conditioner near the root will make your scalp oilier. If you have oily hair, don’t use deep oil treatments or anything for damaged hair because they tend to be heavy. Look for a light conditioner.
If your scalp is seriously oily then you might want to skip conditioner every time you wash your hair and only use it every other day.
Don’t comb or brush your hair too much
When combing or brushing your hair, don’t comb or brush too close to the scalp. This will reduce the contact of the oil from the scalp to your hair. Also, the more you brush your hair and stimulate your scalp, the more oil your scalp will produce and therefore the oilier your hair feels.
If you do have oily hair yourself or know someone who has oily hair and have found a way to combat it or make it easier to live with, please share in the comments below. I’m sure many readers will find it very useful 🙂
How do you deal with very oily hair?