Hair is made up of a protein called Keratin. It is the crowning glory of man and is an asset that adds to your looks and personality. Young individuals have about hundred thousand hair follicles on their scalp. There are various types of hair such as dry hair, normal hair, oily hair, curly hair, wavy hair, straight hair etc.
Oily hair is a common problem among individuals who have acne such as teenagers and those on the verge of menopause. The underlying factors for oily hair are excessive secretion of sebum which not only attributes to the formation of acne but also leaves the hair oily and dull looking. Production of sebum leads to the development of an oily scalp.
This oil is transmitted to the hair directly from the scalp. Straight hair is capable of removing the oil from the scalp whereas tightly kinky hair moves the sebum at a very slow pace.
Treatment for oily hair
The best way to control greasy hair is by removing the sebum adequately from the scalp. Greasy hair is the outcome of hormonal imbalances, environmental activities such as exposure to foul weather, pollution and humidity. Greasy hair requires frequent shampooing with a mild shampoo and should be conditioned once a week by applying a good conditioner to the ends of the hair. Excessive oily hair may require two applications of the shampoo to the scalp while washing. The best way to tell if the oil has been removed from the scalp is by noticing the foam produced. The shampoo will not foam if large amounts of sebum are being removed.
Brushing greasy hair: Brushing increases blood circulation and stimulates the scalp leading to the distribution of natural oils to the hair ends. If brushing is done on a regular basis the scalp will gradually secrete less oil. It helps in retaining, stimulating and replacing the natural oils of the scalp.
Shampoo: Shampooing is the best way to remove all types of dirt and grime from the hair. It cannot repair or change the process of overactive oil glands. Greasy hair requires a protein based shampoo containing lime, sulfur or cedar base. A mild non detergent shampoo specifically designed for oily hair would be ideal. It is best to avoid soaps in order to promote the beauty of the hair. Soap tends to leave a dull film on your hair that even the softest water cannot remove.
Conditioning: This adds luster to all types of hair. Greasy hair requires a conditioner of light consistency and must be used sparingly. Sebum is a great conditioner and additional products are not needed on a daily basis.
Oily hair is difficult to manage and can be lank and uneasy to style. The most common misconception about greasy hair is that it is caused by an oily scalp. It is actually a dry scalp that causes oil glands to produce more oils and once on the scalp the excess oil is absorbed by the hair.
Tips for treating greasy hair:
- Wash greasy hair with a mild shampoo on a daily basis.
- Do not use a conditioner every day.
- Use hot oil treatment directly on the scalp gently massaging the oil into the scalp and then rinsing it thoroughly.
- For extremely greasy hair a vinegar rinse is recommended.
- One part vinegar to four parts water can help remove the oil from your hair but you must avoid using it on your scalp.
- Drink plenty of fluids in order to keep the skin and scalp hydrated.
- Avoid using hair gloss, Gels or mousse.
Taming a great mane is all about looking good and feeling confident. Greasy hair can be transformed into a luxurious shaft by using the appropriate products and taking the right kind of diet.