How to make your hair less greasy?
While it’s nice to have moisturized, silky, and shiny hair, there’s a fine line between healthy oils and greasy hair. Having greasy hair can be unattractive, a nuisance, and big insecurity that limits your ability to do your hair. Read on in this blog from BKT Beauty to find out how to stop your hair from producing so much oil.
Stop Over-Washing Your Hair
The first thing you should investigate when you notice greasy hair is how often you’re washing it. If you wash your hair with shampoo and conditioner every single day, you should reduce this, because over-washing your hair can lead to an increase in oil production.
This is because washing too often is stripping your hair of its natural oils. Oil is produced by sebaceous glands in your scalp and is then absorbed by your hair. Believe it or not, you can actually train your sebaceous glands to reduce sebum production (oil production) by increasing the time between washes. This is often referred to as “training your hair”.
If you normally wash your hair every day, try to reduce the frequency of your washes by washing every other day and then maybe just a few times a week. This may not solve the problem for every hair type.
People with fine and straighter hair are prone to having oilier hair because the oil in the scalp quickly spreads down the follicles and can be more noticeable. If you try to reduce how often you wash your hair and this doesn’t fix the problem, it’s time to explore other options. You can also try using dry shampoo in between washes to control oily hair.
Change the Way You Wash Your Hair
The next thing to explore is the hair care products you are using. This includes your shampoo, conditioner, and styling products.
Use the Right Shampoo - Common ingredients in most shampoos and conditioners are sulphates which are detergents that deep clean the hair and strip it of its natural oils as well as product buildup. Check out Brazil Protein Detox Shampoo For Oily Hair here.
At first, your hair will seem squeaky clean, but over time it will dry your hair out. While this can be good on occasion when you have a lot of product or oil buildup, it should not be used regularly.
We recommend using a sulphate-free clarifying shampoo for your regular washes to preserve your natural oils and prevent the overproduction of sebum. Use a clarifying shampoo about once a month to remove all the gunk that shouldn’t be there.
Use the Right Conditioner - You should also keep in mind how you’re using your conditioner. You should never apply conditioner to your roots, only to your ends. Introducing conditioner to your scalp will make it excessively oily, when you should be concentrating it on the drier bits of your hair, at the ends.
Co-washing washes away the excesses of oil without stripping your hair and locks in moisture. If you want to reduce the number of times you shampoo your hair but you regularly go to the gym, you can try washing your hair with a cleansing conditioner. This is also important for women with curly or coarse hair, which need moisture. A cleansing conditioner doesn't contain any stripping.
detergents but it will hydrate and condition your hair while cleaning your hair almost as much as a regular shampoo would.
Balance Your Scalp’s pH - You should look for products that are pH balanced. When it comes to selecting products, keep in mind that oily hair suggests that you’re using products that are drying out your hair so you should select products that have a low pH.
People with curly hair have an open hair cuticle that requires a more acidic pH. You can try using an apple cider vinegar rinse to restore the acidity to your hair when you believe you have a pH imbalance. This is good to remove product buildup without stripping the hair of essential nutrients. Apply it to your roots, work it through the hair, and then rinse with warm water. Avoid using hot water, which may dry out your scalp.
Limit Products - Finally, when you’re dealing with oily hair, you should limit your use of styling products such as leave-in conditioners, hair oils, hairspray, and perhaps even styling tools like straighteners which may make the hair appear greasier, at least until you’ve gotten oil production under control.
BKT Beauty Products for Greasy Hair
If you struggle with greasy hair, try these hair care tips and use hair care products that are formulated for greasy hair. At BKT Beauty, we offer several hair products that are formulated to reduce greasy hair such as our Brazil Protein Detox Shampoo and Conditioner and our SOS Fluid. Take a look at our selection of products for oily hair today.