The first thing to keep in mind if you’re a woman with greasy hair is that oily hair is a naturally occurring hair type. While in our society some people may judge and you yourself may feel uncomfortable about it or find it inconvenient, it is nothing to be embarrassed about. Some people naturally have very dry hair, others have very oily hair and many people fall somewhere in between.
However, while it’s important to also learn to accept yourself as you are, there are certainly some tips that can help you manage your oily hair type so that it is less of an inconvenience and to minimize discomfort. In fact, greasy hair – believe it or not – can even be a blessing in your hair care if you know how to manage it well! The following tips should help your plan on how to improve greasy hair.
- Avoid daily washing
It may seem counter-intuitive to wash your hair less often, but in fact frequent washing can stimulate the scalp and production of naturally occurring oils in your scalp and hair follicles. This is a protective measure your body takes to keep your scalp and hair healthy and strong, but if you wash hair too frequently, it can worsen the problem. Though you may still want to shower, wash or bathe your body as often as you like to clean yourself, and even wet the hair, you can keep washing it wish shampoo to every 2 or even 3 days to let the oils absorb into the scalp and allow the body to reduce the production of oils naturally.
- Reduce use of conditioners
While conditioners are frequently used by people of all hair types, they are especially recommended for people with dry hair types. If you have oily hair you may want to use a smaller amount and spread it out more, water it down to use a less concentrated amount, skip it every now and then when washing your hair, or even stop using it altogether. This can make a huge difference in your hair care and you may need some time adjusting this habit, but in the end if the oily hair problem is your priority issue in hair care, reducing use of commercial conditioners can be the best thing you can do for your hair!
- Apple Cider Vinegar
If you like to experiment with home remedies, this one is for you. Apple Cider Vinegar is an excellent and cost-effective way to reduce oily hair, naturally. You can use it before or after your shampoo, or even mix it with your commercially bought shampoo in order to keep things simple. If you’re concerned about the smell, you can start with a small quantity at first (1 oz.) and increase from there as you enjoy results. Keep in mind that it will evaporate and that while it might smell potent while you are using it, generally the smell should not linger after it has been rinsed out. Our favorite Apple Cider Vinegar is Bragg's Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar, it is raw and unfiltered so you get more benefits than a commercially processed Apple Cider Vinegar.
- Baking Soda
Another simple and cost effective home remedy is baking soda. By mixing a ½ tablespoon directly in your shampoo you will create an alkalizing solution that will cut through the grease in your hair and still let it shine. Our favorite Baking soda is good old fashioned Arm and Hammer. Some of the cheaper baking sodas have been found to contain aluminum.
- Dietary changes
There are many metabolic reasons why a person might have greasy hair. While it is a naturally occurring skin type and the sebum produced in the scalp and hair follicles is a normal secretion, the quantities can vary from person to person. There are however things you can do in your diet to support other changes, such as reducing mucus-forming foods like starches and dairy, and increasing alkalizing foods like dark, leafy green vegetables and lean protein.
This article was written by Maria-Hélèna Pacelli.