Hair is your crowning glory! It is easily the most crucial feature of your face-your hair type and hair style tend to define your face structure and the way you look.

And while everyone’s hair grow through the hair follicles and is made up of protein filaments; everyone has different hair type, be it the thickness, the colour, the texture or the type of scalp.

Here are a few hair textures:

  • Straight
  • Wavy
  • Curly
  • Very Curly

Here are some hair types:

  • Thick (circumference more than 4 inches)
  • Normal (circumference between 2 - 4 inches)
  • Thin (circumference less than 2 inches)

It is extremely important to know the type of your scalp to treat it accordingly with appropriate hair products; like shampoos, serums, conditioners, hair masks etc.

Here are some types of scalps:

  • Dry
  • Normal
  • Oily

The reason why everyone has a different type of scalp is that the sebaceous glands play an important role in determining the oiliness and the thickness of the hair. This, in turn, categorizes every scalp into different types as stated above. The sebaceous gland produces a substance known as sebum which aids in the strengthening of the hair and adds lustre to the hair strands.

Here are some common reasons why you might have an oily scalp:

  • Diet, blood circulation, stress, drugs, ageing process and emotional triggers can affect the production of sebum which is secreted onto the scalp.
  • Humid weather can add to your hair being more oily because like skin, the scalp sweats as well.
  • Genetic factors - If your parents have an oily scalp, there is a high possibility that you have one too. If you want to get rid of your oily scalp, a lot of perseverance will be required from your end.
  • Improper hair care - Too many hair masks, incorrect choice of shampoo and conditioner, avoiding hair washes, and over washing your hair can all cause your hair not only irreparable damage but also make your hair weak in the long run.

An over secretion of sebum because of overactive sebaceous glands end up making the scalp oily. This could happen due to raging hormones when one is hitting puberty or menopause.

Here are a few basic things to keep in mind to avoid oily hair:

  • Shampoo your hair frequently.
  • Avoid massaging conditioner into your roots as it will stimulate excess secretion of sebum on your scalp.
  • Wash your hair with either cool or room temperature water.
  • Don't massage your hair with oil often as this will increase the secretion of sebum once again.
  • Avoid touching your hair again and again as it can transfer the oil from your skin onto your hair. Even the dirt on your skin can transfer onto your hair and make it both dirty and oily.

Oily hair or an oily scalp can lower your self-confidence and make you insecure about your looks. But guess what? You have nothing to worry about because these home remedies will fix your hair and take the oiliness away.
Then you can rock your luscious locks with confidence and charisma.

Follow these home remedies for healthy, happy hair...

And while everyone’s hair grows through the hair follicles and is made up of protein filaments, everyone has different hair type, be it the thickness, the colour, the texture or the type of scalp.

Here are a few hair textures:

  • Straight
  • Wavy
  • Curly
  • Very Curly

Here are some hair types:

Oily hair or an oily scalp can lower your self-confidence and make you insecure about your looks. But guess what? You have nothing to worry about because these home remedies will fix your hair and take the oiliness away.
Then you can rock your luscious locks with confidence and charisma.

Follow these home remedies for healthy, happy hair...

Apple Cider Vinegar
 

1. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar acts as a subtle detergent that removes all the oil and dirt from your scalp. Because of its mild bleaching qualities, you can be sure that apple cider vinegar will not affect the health of your scalp. The presence of acetic acid in the apple cider vinegar also helps tighten the pores and controls the production of sebum.

There are two ways to go about using apple cider vinegar for your hair.

Method 1

  • Step 1 – Mix 60 ml of apple cider vinegar with 1 litre of water.
  • Step 2 – Transfer this mixture into a bottle with a spray nozzle and spray it onto your hair, especially your scalp.
  • Step 3 – Leave it on for 5 to 10 minutes and then rinse with lukewarm water.

You can follow these methods two to three times a week and reduce the oiliness of your hair.

Method 2

  • Step 1 – Warm up a cup of apple cider vinegar in the microwave.
  • Step 2 – Gently pour it onto your scalp at regular intervals and massage your scalp thoroughly.
  • Step 3 – Leave it on for 30 minutes and rinse with cold water.

Do this 2 to 3 times a week for best results.

Aloe Vera for Hair and Skin Care
 

2. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is the holy grail when it comes to hair and skin care. The gel or the pulp of aloe vera will help balance the pH level of your scalp and prevent it from getting oily.
 
All you have to do is peel off a few aloe vera stems, extract the gel or pulp into a mixer and give it a whiz. Don’t grind it too much or the paste will be runny. We need the consistency to be thick and smooth. Apply the paste onto your scalp for a soothing and cooling effect. Leave it on your head for no more than 20 minutes and wash it off with cool water.

You can do this around 3 to 4 times a week, to cool you head (quite literally) and maintain the pH level of your scalp.

Baking Soda Cleanse The Scalp
 

3. Baking Soda

Baking soda is one of the most feasible things to find as it is available in everyone’s kitchen. When mixed with shampoo, water or conditioner, baking soda can help cleanse the scalp. Baking soda can help you wash off stubborn excess product from your hair and it helps remove other impurities as well.

You can use baking soda once a week for a clear scalp. If you are undergoing a hair loss treatment which needs you to apply various products onto your scalp, baking soda will help clean out the hair follicle for easier product absorption.

Method

You can use baking powder as dry shampoo. If you’re running late for a work meeting or are headed out to a party only to realise that your hair is extremely greasy, all you have to do is sprinkle some baking soda on your hair, comb through it and watch the magic happen. If you have dark hair, mix some cocoa powder in it so that the baking powder gets camouflaged with your hair.

Applying baking soda onto your hair will wipe out the oiliness on your scalp and your hair.

Green Tea Increases Hair Growth
 

4. Green Tea

The next one in line of home remedies is green tea, which has anti–oxidising agents. This helps shrink the hair follicles which secrete sebum and make your hair oily. The antioxidants also act as growth stimulants and help in the strengthening of your hair and increase hair growth.

Method

  • Step 1 – Boil 200 gms of green tea with 500 ml of water.
  • Step 2 – Strain the green tea leaves from the water, and keep the green tea infused water aside to cool down.
  • Step 3 – Pour the concoction onto your scalp and massage your head for 10 – 15 minutes.
  • Step  4 – Wrap a towel around your hair and leave it on for 15 minutes.
  • Step 5 – Wash off the green tea concoction from your hair with cold water.

You can practice this method 2 to 3 times a week for longer and thicker hair, and for an oil-free scalp.

Egg Yolks
 

5. Egg Yolks

This can be a little messy and stinky, but the results are worth it. The reason an egg yolk works well is because of the fatty acids and the nutrients that it is packed with. Egg helps in restoring the regular sebum levels and prevents excessive secretion. All you have to do is mix one egg yolk with 1 tbsp of lemon juice. Apply it on freshly washed hair, leave it on for at least 30 minutes and then wash it off with a mild shampoo and cold water.

Beer Keeps Your Hair Healthy
 

6. Beer

Beer is more versatile than you’d expect it to be. It’s a good chilling drink during summer which also acts as a home remedy for an oily scalp. Since beer mainly consists of hops and malts that is rich in Vitamin B, it helps you get rid of the scalp problem and keeps your hair healthy.

Additionally, the yeast present in beer helps reduce the sebum on the scalp.

Method

  • Step 1 -  Pour out the beer in a bowl and leave it in a cool place overnight, or pop it into the refrigerator to get rid of the carbon dioxide in it.
  • Step 2 – On the next day, pour beer over your hair and massage your scalp for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Step 3 – Leave it on for no more than 15 minutes and wash it off with cold water.

Oatmeal Give Nice Hair Shine
 

7. Oatmeal

Oatmeal has anti-inflammatory properties which can soothe an irritable scalp and it can also wipe off the grease from your hair.

All you have to do is cook some oatmeal in water, depending on the thickness and the length of your hair. Apply it like a hair mask on your head, leave it on for 20 minutes and wash it off with cold water. Oatmeal will not only leave your hair non–greasy but it will also give it a nice shine as it acts as a conditioner.