So many factors go into what makes our hair oily. Hormones triggered by stress, puberty, pregnancy, and medications can cause excessive oil production. If the oil happens out of left field, chances are that your hormones are to blame. Skin conditioner like psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis can also flair up those oil glands. Usually in this case, greasy hair is also followed by dandruff or scaly dry skin. Genetics also play a part in your oil production. This could have been passed down to you by a love one. So, what on earth can I do to catch a break from this oil? Try some of these:

1. WASH IT! Even though you may need to wash more frequently, it doesn't have to be every day. Over-stripped hair causes your glands to produce more oil than before! Your scalp needs clear, lathering shampoos with no harsh sulfates or waxes and focuses on cleansing rather than your hair type.  Always follow with a light conditioner from the mid-shaft down. My search for the best shampoo for oily hair lead to Monat Black Shampoo. It's PH is like no other, it lasts 4-6 months or longer if you have short hair, and it comes with a 30 day money back guarantee.

2. GET THE RIGHT STUFF! Good products are the key for dealing with oil. Stay away from silicones that coat the hair and make it look and feel greasy and limp. Most shampoos have silicones, so be careful! Gels and mousses leave a huge buildup and thick serums can further the oil problem even more. Stick with weightless finishing mists and sprays to keep your hair light.

3. BRUSH IT. Oily scalps tend to have dry ends because the oil is collecting at the roots but not making its way down the length of the hair. Use a boar bristle brush to help distribute the oil down the shaft. Check out my page on Healthy Hair Tools for the best boar bristle brush.

4. BE CAREFUL WITH DRY SHAMPOOS. These are great to use in a pinch but most of them contain particles to lift and attract oil, making it look clean when in reality your scalp needs to be washed. Washing helps to exfoliate your scalp helping in skin renewal, follicle health, and regrowth. Dry shampoos can slow down this process if you're using them too often. If you decide to dry shampoo on your busy days, try the first, non-drying Monat Champ Dry Shampoo. 

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Leslie Scott