If you are having trouble managing an oily scalp, you would first like to know that it is due to the excess secretion of an oily substance called sebum produced in our sebaceous glands. Each of us has a unique physiology and your sebaceous gland may produce more oil than your friend’s. The factors could be hereditary, poor diet, hormonal, improper hair care routine, etc.
1 Oil your hair, Seriously!
It is easy to assume that oiling an already oily scalp would lead to more secretion of sebum, but it is really a matter of which oils you are using. Go for the ones that balance the moisture in your hair and have antibacterial properties. Astringent/acidic ingredients such as Hibiscus, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, and Rosemary can efficiently control excessive oil. Choose an SLS/SLES free hair oil and massage your scalp once a week.
2 Do NOT wash your hair more than twice a week
Washing your hair too frequently can double the damage. Keep a gap of maximum 3 days between washes and go for a cleansing shampoo that thoroughly cleanses the scalp. Look for a mild Ayurvedic Shampoo with ingredients such as Lemon and Neem.
3 Use an Ayurvedic Conditioner
Avoid chemical-laden hair gels, mousse, and hairsprays that further make the hair greasy. Look for an Ayurvedic conditioner with oil-balancing properties and apply it only at the tip of your hair.
4 We are what we eat
Keep an eye on what you eat. Vitamin B found in fish, beans, fruits, vegetables, and poultry is known to control sebum production. Moreover, Zinc, Vitamin E and Mono-unsaturated fats can control excess oil secretion. Last but never least, drink plenty of water!
If you have managed to read until here, we wish you good hair for years to come!