Proper care for oily hair can be very difficult. Greasy hair is often accompanied by itching and dandruff. In the case of oily hair, excessive activity of the sebaceous glands is characteristic. The “greasy” hair is caused by excessive sebum, a natural substance that protects and moisturizes the scalp. Why are glands excessively producing sebum more than they need to? There are a variety of reasons for this.
Why is our hair oily?
The secretion of sebum is a natural process and necessary to maintain the proper condition of the scalp and hair. Both excess sebum and its insufficient secretion can cause cosmetic problems.
Factors that cause oily hair are:
Improper scalp care, e.g., the use of cosmetics (including shampoos and conditioners), which contain irritating substances (SLS, SLES, silicones, alcohols) or directly stimulating the sebaceous glands to too much. intensive work,
– Genetic tendencies,
– Rinsing the head with too warm water – excessive heating of the skin intensifies seborrhea,
– Drying the hair with the too hot air stream,
– Frequent coloring of the hair,
– Too frequent washing of the hair,
– Poor nutrition and deficiency of minerals and vitamins
– Endocrine disorders,
– Taking certain medications (e.g., contraceptives)
How to wash and care for oily hair?
Haircare for frequent and quick greasy hair is based on appropriate cosmetics (first of all, the appropriate selection of a non-burdensome shampoo – based on nettle, sage, or horsetail) following a few key rules. The first very important thing is the right water temperature. The temperature of the water when rinsing the hair should not be too high or too low, as this may stimulate the work of the sebaceous glands. If we use hair conditioners, we should not apply them to the very roots of the hair.
While washing the scalp, massaging the scalp should not be abrupt as it may also stimulate the sebaceous glands. It is recommended that your hair be dried using a dryer that is cooled air stream. Also, do not use large amounts of various hair care products, especially those for styling. They overload our hair. It is worth remembering about frequent cleaning of the comb and/or brush, as well as appropriate headgear – it should be airy and made of natural materials, e.g., cotton.
Another way can be a proper diet, rich in products that are a very good source of vitamin E, B vitamins, and zinc, which will greatly affect the condition of our skin and hair. An excess of fatty, spicy dishes and sweets increases the secretion of sebum. Remember that touching the scalp too often can aggravate the oily problem.
Often, dandruff is associated with the problem of oily hair. The sebaceous glands at some point begin to produce much more sebum as the fungus grows on the skin. The effect of which is the growth of the layers of the epidermis located outside, which begins to exfoliate.
Home remedies for greasy hair
One teaspoon of herbs such as thyme, rosemary, sage, and field horsetail pour 0.75 liters of boiling water. Allow it to cool down and pour the infusion through gauze or a thin cloth. Rinse your hair with this mixture.
Nettle and mint rinse
Three teaspoons of dried nettle and mint pour 0.75 l of boiling water. Allow it to cool down, drain it and rinse the washed hair with the prepared rinse.
Squeeze the juice out of 2 lemons. Rub the juice in your hair, and let it sit for approximately 20 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water. Use a lemon hair mask once a month.
Mask of egg white and yolk
Beat the egg white and combine with the yolk, leave the paste on damp hair for about 20 minutes. Wrap the head in foil and a towel. In the end, rinse thoroughly and wash your head with a gentle, non-burdensome shampoo.
Mix 1 tablespoon baking soda in 3 tablespoons of drinking water. Shampoo your hair with this mixture. Rinse thoroughly.