Does your hair look greasy 2 or 3 days after washing? If so then you most likely have oily hair. Oily hair is due to the excessive production of sebum by the sebaceous glands. Sebaceous glands are found all over the body (except on your hands and the soles of your feet) and play an important role in keeping the skin and hair healthy. However genetics, hormonal changes, a diet including too many oily foods, poor hair hygiene and/or improper use of hair care products can lead to the over production of sebum. Oily hair is often associated with a dry and itchy scalp and dandruff. Some hair experts recommend washing your hair everyday with shampoo specifically for oily hair ( choose a mild fragrant free shampoo if possible and look for words like clarify or oil reducing when buying shampoo). Other experts say that daily washing only stimulates the the already overactive sebaceous glands to produce more sebum. The best way to find out what works for you is to try both. Some people might find that waiting for as long as possible to wash your hair might help reduce the greasiness in the long run.
Things to avoid:
- Avoid using conditioners and shampoos with built in conditioners as they can make your hair greasy. If you must use a conditioner, only apply it to the ends of your hair and rinse of well.
- Don’t brush your hair alot as this stimulates the sebaceous glands.
There are also some great home remedies you can try to help reduce the greasy hair.
Egg yolk, honey and lemon hair mask
Egg yolk conditions and strengthens hair while the honey nourishes your hair to give it a healthy shine. The acid in the lemon juice helps to balance the ph and reduce the oil production.
1 egg yolk
2 teaspoons of raw honey
few drops of lemon juice
Beat the egg yolk and add in the honey and lemon juice. Mix well and leave to dissolve for 30 minutes. Wet hair and massage mixture into hair for a few minutes. Leave on for about 10 minutes and rinse off. Wash hair with your shampoo. Use once a week.
Yarrow, peppermint and lemon peel deep clean the hair and scalp.
1 teaspoon dried yarrow
1 teaspoon dried peppermint
1 teaspoon chopped fresh lemon peel
2 tablespoons unscented natural shampoo
Bring the water, herbs and lemon to a boil in a cover pot. Remove from heat and steep for 30 minutes. Strain and pour into a clean bottle and add shampoo. Shake well to mix. Can be kept at room temperature for a week or store in the refrigerator for upto 1 month.
Lavender and peppermint refresh while the apple cider vinegar and yarrow reduce the oiliness.
2 tablespoon dried yarrow
2 tablespoon dried lavender
2 tablespoon dried peppermint
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
Bring water and herbs to boil in a covered pot. Steep until cool. Strain into a clean container and add vinegar. Shake well to mix. Use about 125ml of the mixture to rinse your hair after shampooing. The mixure can be stored in the refrigerator for 2 weeks.