Someone great once said that excess of anything is bad. So, while a little bit of sebum (oil) is good for your hair, an oily, greasy scalp is a big no-no. Besides the genetically oily scalp, the dirt and pollutants in the air further make your scalp dirty and greasy. If this wasn’t enough, the chemicals and artificial elements in most shampoos and hair products just worsen the situation.
So, while we can’t sway the pollution levels on our own, what we can do is make a conscious choice of choosing clean hair products to take care of our hair. Look for products that are free of harmful chemicals like silicones, parabens, artificial fragrance and dye, etc. and are also vegan and cruelty-free. Don’t know where to start? We’ve got your back. We have put together a clean hair care routine for the oily, greasy scalp. Check it out.
- Wash your hair 2-3 times a week using the right shampoo
- Don’t forget to condition
- Say no to hot water
- Avoid straightening your hair
- Stop touching your hair
Wash your hair 2-3 times a week using the right shampoo
As surprising as it may sound, it is often advised not to wash your hair too often if you have an oily scalp. If you wash your hair too many times to get rid of the greasy scalp, you also end up stripping your hair of its natural oil. To make up for the lost oil, your body ends up creating and releasing even more oil, which makes your scalp even more oily - you catch the drift, yet?
So, while it is important to watch the number of times you wash your hair, it is even more important to pick out the right shampoo for your hair. The Love Beauty and Planet’s Tea Tree Oil & Vetiver Clarifying Shampoo is our go-to when it comes to dealing with an oily, greasy scalp. The best bit is that this shampoo is made with aromatic vetiver, organic coconut oil, ethically sourced Australian tea tree oil and has no dyes, parabens or silicones.
The tea tree oil in the shampoo clarifies and soothes oily scalp and removes buildup, and gives the much-needed nourishment to your hair without running the chance of further making your scalp oily. The earthy fragrance notes further give this shampoo an aromatic edge that you’d surely love!
Don’t forget to condition
A shampoo is like a cleanser for the hair, and a conditioner works as a moisturiser. You see, both of them work hand-in-hand to give you the hair of your dreams. The key to avoiding making your hair greasy while conditioning lies in using it right. Apply the conditioner strictly from mid-length to the ends of your hair and avoid the scalp at all times. Leave on for 2-3 minutes and rinse off with cold or lukewarm water. If you have been avoiding conditioners just because of your oily scalp, then it’s time to invest in one ASAP.
Our favourite is — no points for guessing — the Love Beauty and Planet’s Tea Tree Oil & Vetiver Clarifying Conditioner. Enriched with vetiver and Australian tea tree oils, this conditioner works wonders to give your hair the nourishment it needs while also adding oodles of volume. What we love the most about this is that it uses plant-based cleansers and is cruelty-free, paraben-free, dye-free and formulated without silicones.
Say no to hot water
Hot water is bad for all scalp types, whether it’s oily, normal or dry. You must understand that hot water stimulates the sebaceous glands (the oil-producing glands in your scalp) to release even more oil, which is something we don’t want. This is how it works - the hot water strips your hair of all the oils, which might sound good but isn’t actually. To ensure your hair gets the essential oils it needs, your sebaceous glands work to produce even more sebum, thus starting a never-ending cycle of oily scalp and greasy hair. So stick to washing your hair with lukewarm or cold water only.
Avoid straightening your hair
Well, this one is a bummer! You must have noticed that when you straighten or blow-dry your hair, they turn oily pretty quickly. This is because as you straighten your hair, it gives oil a direct route down your hair making it look even more greasy. If you wish to style your hair, then go for curly or wavy styles so that you can add volume to your hair.
Stop touching your hair
We love to play with our hair - twirling our locks playfully or running a hand through our mane while we are stressed. Well, if you have an oily scalp, then you have gotta stop this habit right away. It is believed that running your fingers through your hair too often or even brushing them too much causes your scalp to produce more oil, thus ending up making your hair even more oily and greasy.