Oily hair is often seen as a bit of an affliction. If you’ve been endowed with fine hair, it also means you have more follicles and oil glands.
What Causes Oily Hair
Our sebum glands create a natural hair conditioner that lubricates the scalp of our head. While a little extra oil keeps the scalp in good condition and prevents dryness, it can also be the cause of oily hair.
Many factors such as heredity, hormonal fluctuations, shampoo residue can result in excessive oil production in the scalp which in turn makes hair greasy.
However, the following oily hair care tips will help you keep your hair less oily and more manageable:
- Shower Once a Day: When you shower and wash hair more than once a day it strips oils from your hair, tricking the sebum glands into producing even more oil.
- Occasionally mix 2 egg yolks with 2 tsp lemon juice or vinegar, and work it into hair and let sit a few minutes while showering. Rinse with lukewarm water. Egg binds with oils in the hair.
- Add 6-8 drops of citrus essential oil to your shampoo; try lemon, lime, or sweet orange.
- Massage baking soda shampoo into your scalp for at least 2 minutes, and be sure to shake your homemade shampoo vigorously to ensure the baking soda is completely dissolved into the water.
Give your hair a few weeks to adjust to the change.
Some natural solutions recommended by hair-care specialists to battle oily hair include:
- rinsing hair with beer, lemon juice or vinegar in order to de-slick hair. Mouthwash and witch hazel can both tighten skin and narrow the pores.
- Heat and hot air encourage glands to produce more sebum, so blow-Dry with cool air after washing your hair. Thoroughly and gently towel it dry, and style your hair as best you can with bursts of cool air.
- Brush hair only as needed, and remember that straightening hair through heat application can also stimulate oil production. Handling your hair excessively while straightening can also contribute to increased oil spreading.
- Change Your Hairstyle, and if you don’t like dry shampoo, stylists suggest changing your hairstyle. Ponytails and chignons are sophisticated and designed to look slick, but as a last resort, consider a perm. Permed and naturally curly hair doesn’t get oily as fast since it doesn’t lie too close to the scalp.
Homemade Natural Shampoo For Healthy Hair
What you’ll need for this homemade natural shampoo include: –
- Coconut milk: Depending on your hair type, homemade coconut milk may be better for you because homemade coconut milk worked great.
- Liquid Castile Soap (like Dr. Bronners)
- Essential Oils of choice (peppermint, lavender, rosemary, and orange or combinations of those)
- ¼ cup coconut milk (preferably homemade or canned)
- 1/4 cup Liquid Castile Soap
- 20 drops of Essential Oils of choice
- Add ½ tsp olive or almond oil (optional for dry hair:)
How to Make The Homemade Shampoo for Healthy Hair
Bring together all ingredients in a bottle or jar; pump soap dispensers or foaming dispensers work well for this. (For foaming dispenser, add 1/4 cup of distilled water).
- Shake well to mix, and keep in the shower for up to a month.
- Use about a teaspoon every time you shampoo, and shake before each use.
- Using a foaming dispenser also makes a great shaving cream. All you need to do is to dilute with 1/4 cup distilled water.
Important Notes on Natural Shampoo that Prevents Oily Hair
This shampoo is not intended for regular daily use, as it can potentially be drying to hair and scalp. We recommend using it as a clarifying shampoo, as it’s perfect for those times when you got a little carried away with hair products and need to remove some buildup.
So, when you’re first switching over to homemade shampoos, you may need to remove some of the buildup commercial shampoos can leave behind.
Safe For All Hair Types
This shampoo is completely safe for all hair types, unlike most commercial shampoo and will not strip your hair of its natural oils.
Be sure to question the safety of commercial shampoos, along with any other products you buy, and always recognize the ingredients of the products you use.
Another wonderful and cost-effective option is to make your own shampoo bars for your hair (like bar soap).