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How To: Combat Oily Hair

If the summer heat has turned your hair from voluminous and healthy to oily and overly shiny, you’re not alone. No matter what your hair type, cropped and color-treated or wavy and au natural, you can try these simple tips to help get your hair looking picture perfect and better than ever.


Oily hair can be caused by a number of things. Inside the skin tissue of the scalp the sebaceous glands produce a substance known as sebum. Sebum is an essential part of skin and hair health, as it helps prevent the escape of moisture. When too much sebum is produced, the hair can absorb sebum oil off the scalp, leading to oily hair. In addition to the overproduction of sebum, oily hair may be caused by a hormonal imbalance, any disease or disorder affecting the adrenal or pituitary gland and the ovaries, and also by combing or brushing hair excessively.


What to Avoid

  • Scraping your scalp with brush bristles, which spreads the oil from the scalp to the rest of your hair.
  • Excessive amounts of product, whether shampoo, conditioner, or gels–all can cause the scalp to overproduce sebum.
  • Do look at the texture of the shampoo–the thicker the shampoo, the heavier the product, which can cause greater buildup of sebum in the scalp.


The Long-term Solution

When it comes to brushing your hair, try brushing before you shampoo, so you’ll have less to untangle afterwards. Also look for products with panthenol, which helps give fine hair a boost of volume without weighing it down and contributing to the greasy look. You should also find products that say, “gentle” or “clarifying” on the label. Clarifying shampoos remove buildup that accumulates in hair over time thanks to repeated use of hair spray, gel, and other styling products as well as conditioner. This buildup can weigh hair down and make it look even greasier than it actually is. You don’t have to use a clarifying shampoo every day but it is often recommended that those with oily hair use a clarifier once per week to help get rid of everything that has accumulated over the week and start fresh.

Quick Refresh

If you wake up late one morning and have no time to wash your hair or styling products have your hair looking greasy by midday, there is a quick fix solution: dry shampoo. Dry shampoo is a spray that absorbs oil and some, like Tresemme’s new Fresh Start Dry Shampoo, may even have a refreshing scent. It is the perfect quick fix for oily hair.


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This entry was posted on July 1, 2011 by in Beauty, Glamour, How-to, Savvy Belle and tagged , , , , , , .
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