So what causes an oily scalp?? The initial problem more than likely is having an Overactive Sebaceous Gland. The Sebaceous gland is a part of the pilosebaceous apparatus which is made up of the sebaceous gland, hair follicle, and the hair shaft. The secretion of the sebaceous gland is referred to as sebum. So in other words your scalp if it becomes oily within a few days of washing, you hair has just secreted more sebum (your hair's natural conditioner) than normal. This isn't necessarily a bad thing but it can be an aggravation to those who have to deal with the problem. Having oily scalp resulting in oily hair can stem from several things such as: heredity, hormonal imbalance, or from using the wrong type of hair products.
How to help your oily scalp and hair problem
Start using shampoos created for oily scalps and hair. Avoid using oil based hair products.
Try finding a shampoo that is sulfate free (surprisingly enough). By using a sulfate free shampoo this will keep the scalp from drying out. Having a dry scalp will just result in the scalp producing more sebum which will make the hair oilier.
When applying conditioners to your hair avoid contact with the scalp by adding conditioners (conditioners are moisturizers)to your hair only and not to the scalp.
Avoid shampooing the hair frequently throughout the week (this is if you have oily hair). When you shampoo the hair frequently you stimulate the scalp and scalp stimulation encourages sebum secretion. Shampooing the hair once a week will suffice to help combat oily hair.
Here are some ideas if you want to try an at home remedy to help combat oily scalp and hair:
Jojoba oil: it contains many properties found in sebum.
Rosemary oil: it's great for cleansing the scalp and is a great hair root stimulator.
Tea Tree Oil: It strips excess oil and fights dandruff and bacteria on the scalp.
Sage: dissolves built up deposits of oil and make the hair shaft thicker.
Eucalyptus: brings the scalp back into balance by regulating the production of sebum: Relieves and reduces inflamed skin.
Chamomile: Enhance hair shine and intensity.
Lemongrass (cymbopogon) great for an herbal rinse and balances the active oil glands on scalp and reduce the production of oil. Not recommended for sensitive scalp, may possibly irritate the skin.
Trying an at home ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) Rinse will help to remove oil from the hair.
Use 1 part vinegar with 4 parts water.
If you are suffering from an oily scalp and thus ending up with oily hair, you don't have to avoid using oil based products. Just make sure that you don't get the product in contact with your scalp. Just apply it to the ends of your hair. Although some heat protectants are oil based try finding one that is light on the oil. If you are still greasing your scalp which some are believe it or not..you should lay off of that because the oil from the products can clog the pores to your scalp and stunt your hair growth.
Always use hair products for your hair type as stated before this can alter your ability to achieve the results you desire as well as your hair texture (pH balances in products).
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