When you have an oily scalp, wash days seem like godsends. Sure, your hair may have accumulated oil and grease through the course of a few days, but on wash days, you can simply get rid of all your problems. The issue, however, arises when you've over-washing. If you have an oily scalp, chances are you could be washing your hair a little too frequently — especially when you're doing it on a daily basis.
And yes, while shampooing to get rid of the grease every day may seem like the only logical thing to do, it can often strip your hair of its natural oils, thus causing overproduction and even more oiliness. If you need further proof on how over-washing an oily scalp can cause more problems than it prevents, read on.
- 01. Your hair has never looked duller
- 02. You develop dry tips
- 03. You could have dandruff
- 04. Your hair doesn't look voluminous
01. Your hair has never looked duller
Over-washing strips your scalp of its natural oils, and makes it look dull — especially closer to the roots. Using too much shampoo can cause residual build-up too, which can further dull down your mane too. A clarifying shampoo like the Love Beauty & Planet Tea Tree Oil & Vetiver Clarifying Shampoo can help counter this. It manages to clear out a greasy scalp and get rid of excessive oiliness, while still being nourishing and gentle — thus balancing out the oil-production in the scalp. Use this one a couple of times a week, and your scalp will get a much needed, refreshing detox.
02. You develop dry tips
Sure, the top of your head may be super oily, but when you're over-washing, the mid-section and the tips of your tresses tend to be dry and frizzy. This is because the lack of moisture on those areas thanks to the frequent washing dries out your strands. Combat this by using a moisturising conditioner that will balance out the stark oiliness and dryness, like the Tresemme Botanique Detox & Restore Conditioner. With a botanical blend of ginseng and neem, and hair care baddie paraben missing from the picture, the conditioner will improve shine and nourish the hair, without drying it out or over-oiling it.
03. You could have dandruff
A lot of people don't make the connection, but over-washing can dry out a greasy scalp. The follicles in the scalp then produce excessive sebum to overcompensate, resulting in dandruff flakes. Instead of over-shampooing the dandruff flakes away (which will only make it worse), use a scalp exfoliating treatment to take care of this annoying problem.
04. Your hair doesn't look voluminous
No matter how many times you shampoo your hair, if your strands refuse to look bouncy and lively, you're probably over-washing your oily scalp. Counter the over-washing by opting for a dry shampoo, since it will add volume to your tresses without weighing it down. The Dove Coconut Dry Shampoo is perfect for adding a little volume to even the greasiest of scalps sans washing, since it will revive and refresh the hair with the scent of coconut and sweet lime, while volumising it and absorbing the oil too.