If you’ve ever dealt with combination skin; wait till we introduce you to the concept of combination hair. Chances are, you already experience it but don’t have a name for it yet. The phenomenon of having an oily scalp that leads down to dry, frizzy and brittle ends is not new. But women often ignore it because the issue is only noticeable on second-day hair and by that time we are already thinking about the next wash.
Getting mixed signals from anyone can be annoying, especially if it's your hair or skin. Most women deal with this condition by over-washing their hair or not taking the brush to their mane on day 2; none of which helps the situation. Fortunately, there are a few simple solutions to deal with combination hair and we have jotted them down right here.
What causes combination hair?
If you suffer from oily skin, chances are you will have an oily scalp as well. Sometimes, your hair is unable to distribute scalp oil evenly through it. The oil produced by your scalp does not reach the ends, making it dry and brittle. Outside factors like sun damage, heat styling and pollution can lead to limp hair as well.
How to best treat it?
- Choose the right shampoo: Take more than a couple of minutes while choosing your shampoo. Shampooing excessively can lead to extra oil production from the sebaceous glands. Massage it gently and don’t rub in the ends as it can make it dry and rough. As a rule, avoid washing your hair daily. But if you must, choose a gentle shampoo like the Dove Dryness Care Shampoo.
- Never skip the conditioner: Shampooing your hair can strip it of its moisture, especially if you have dry ends. Condition well every time you wash your hair and only do so from mid-length to the ends; don’t put any product on your scalp.
- Don’t wash with hot water: If you are a fan of steam baths, this might be a bit of a downer for you! A hot shower can take away all the naturally produced oils in your hair, making your hair dry and frizzy. When it comes to washing, lukewarm water is your best bet.
- Go natural once in while: Think of it this way, the less stress you put on your hair, the better it is for its health. Take a break from heat styling once in a while and just style it naturally. Comb your hair using a bristle brush to distribute your scalp oil all over your hair and keep it there for at least a day.
- Give yourself a hair detox: Scalp greasiness is aggravated when there is product buildup that leads to clogging of pores. Give yourself a scalp detox once a week; followed by a good conditioner, to keep your mane healthy and fresh!
- Champi with caution: Oil treatments are good for your hair but you have to be careful while washing them off. Steer clear of harsh shampoos that can strip away your natural oils from the scalp. They will only make your scalp produce more oil to replace the sudden removal of surface oil. You can also replace natural thick oils with lightweight options like the Dove Elixir Hair Fall Rescue Hair Oil. They are easily absorbed in your scalp and can be washed off on the first try!