1. Don't over wash your hair!
This may seem counterintuitive but if you’re already washing your hair once a day and you’re still greasy and lifeless by the end of the day, it might be worth playing with how frequently you wash your hair. Over washing can strip your scalp of its natural oils. This may cause it to produce more oil to rehydrate.
If you tend to have dry skin or a dry, itchy scalp in addition to oily hair, slowly stretching how frequently you wash may help balance out your scalp’s oil production.
2. Shampoo properly
Yes, it's true you can wash your hair wrong and end up with an oily scalp and damaged hair. To properly wash your hair, use a shampoo that doesn't have too much moisture like Oribe Signature shampoo and apply to your roots and scalp. Avoid using your nails, or creating unnecessary friction on the strands. Aggressive scrubbing can irritate your scalp and cause it to produce more oil. Focus on your scalp, where the oil is, rather than on the length of your hair and allow the shampoo to run through the ends to gently cleanse.
Sometimes certain factors can cause a buildup on your hair preventing it from absorbing moisture. Some protein rich products, dry shampoos and minerals from the water in your shower, can coat the hair and scalp while also stifling the follicle and creating an unhealthy environment for the hair to grow. If this is the case, it's time to bring in the big guns! Clarifying shampoo can sound intimidating, however, some are formulated to remove this unhealthy buildup while also protecting the integrity of your hair. Oribe's "The cleanse" shampoo uses charcoal to naturally remove buildup and bring the hair and scalp back to its healthy balance. This step creates an even canvas so that you eliminate the suffocating buildup, allowing the scalp to go back to its regular oil producing programming, and the thirsty hair can now accept moisture. Ensure that when you do clarify, that you pair with a nice moisture mask to bring life back into any parched ends that the buildup may have created. Oribe's moisture and control mask is perfect for that rich, softest texture without making hair heavy or greasy.
4. Condition carefully
Conditioners can make your hair look greasy and cause oils to pile up faster. Condition just the ends of your hair, and be sure to thoroughly rinse.
5. Go natural
Straightening irons and blow dryers can give you a smooth, sleek finish. But they can also make your hair look greasy faster.
Let your hair air-dry and embrace its natural texture. You’ll stretch out your washes and avoid heat damage. If this seems intimidating because in the past you have felt like Anne Hathaway pre-makeover in The Princess Diaries, don't fret! Oribe has products that can enhance natural texture without causing more oil. We recommend using Matte Waves lotion to bring out the texture and keep that oil at bay.
6. Know when to talk to your doctor
If you have exhausted all these options and still feel as though there may be a deeper issue, consult your dermatologist as there are some outside factors that could be causing this issue. Some common issues are:
Androgens are a group of hormones that activate your body’s sebum production. For this reason, excess sebum usually shows up during puberty and ovulation, which coincides with higher levels of androgen activity. If you feel like you're exceptionally oily near that time of the month, you aren’t imagining it.
Scalp Issues and Health Conditions
If your oily scalp is accompanied by dryness, itchiness, and flaking, you’re probably experiencing something common such as dandruff, which is characterized by flaky white, or yellowish scales on the scalp without visible inflammation or seborrheic dermatitis: a type of eczema that manifests as a more severe form of dandruff. Expect inflamed, scaly, and oily patches on the scalp.
Certain medications may also kick the scalp’s oil-producing glands into overdrive. For example, some oral contraceptives are rich in androgenic progestins, which stimulate the androgen receptors in your body. These birth control pills are closely associated with an oil-soaked scalp and hair loss.
These issues require more than just the right products, they require the help of a medical professional or a Dermatologist.
7. Clean your brush
A dirty brush has no place with freshly washed hair. Your brush can be full of styling products, oils, and general gunk that can make your locks dirty immediately after washing.
Clean up your styling tools with a bit of shampoo or gentle soap to strip off the buildup. Likewise, clean out all of the loose hair after each brushing to keep your brush free of oil and dirt.
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