How to treat oily hair? Top 8 hair tips
Oily hair is not something anyone of us likes to have but, unfortunately, many have to learn to live with it, since one of the reasons for having oily hair is genetics. In addition, excessive stress can cause overproduction of sebum on the scalp, as can eating oily foods too often and hormonal changes. The problem with it is that the oilier our hair is, the more frequently we tend to wash it, and this can only aggravate the situation, as frequent treatment with shampoo dries it out. Here are some useful tips on how to treat oily hair and a few easy but effective home remedies.
1. Lemon juice or vinegar
These acidic liquids can be used instead of a conditioner to keep sebum production under control. What you need to do is simply squeeze the juice of a lemon and add it to a bowl of water. The equivalent in vinegar is two to three tablespoons diluted in water. After you wash your hair, rinse it with the lemony/vinegary water and let it stay for a couple of minutes before washing it off. Do it two to three times a week, every time you wash your hair.
2. Aloe vera
Aloe vera gel is an extremely versatile natural remedy for a host of skin and hair problems. One of these is controlling oily hair. So how to treat oily hair with aloe vera? You need an aloe vera plant and a mild shampoo. Mix a tablespoon of aloe vera gel with two tablespoons of shampoo. Use the mixture to wash your hair, leaving it in for a few minutes to let the gel act. For better effect, add a tablespoon of lemon juice.
3. Olive oil and grapeseed oil
Although this tip on how to treat oily hair may sound counterintuitive, but natural oils can actually help with your excessive oil production problem. Olive oil is particularly good, as is grapeseed oil. Simply massage a couple of tablespoons into your scalp and let the oil stay for about half an hour before you wash it thoroughly with a mild shampoo, specifically made for oily hair. An added benefit from this massage is that it will improve your blood circulation, which will in turn help control sebum production.
That’s right, simple black tea, which contains something called tannic acid that tightens the pores, effectively reducing the amount of sebum they produce. Here is how to treat oily hair using tea: just make a cup of black tea, using either a couple of teabags or two tablespoons of the stuff, then let it cool before rinsing your hair with it. Leave it for just five minutes, then wash your hair with your usual oily-hair shampoo. Doing this two to three times a week will help you restore the balance of sebum production. If you are blonde, ignore this tip, because black tea can darken blonde hair.
5. Egg yolks
An egg yolk mask is a great treatment for any hair type, because of its nourishing effect. When applied on oily hair, it can also help regulate the production of sebum. Here’s how to treat oily hair with an egg. Depending on the length of your hair, whisk one or two yolks and apply them to your wet hair. Leave them in for about 10 minutes and don’t worry if they get hard as they dry. Rinse the yolk mask with lukewarm water and wash your hair. Make sure that you don’t get any traces of egg white if you’re using hot water, because they will congeal and you’ll have a tough time getting the pieces out of your locks.
6. Lukewarm water
Since we mentioned the temperature of the water to use when washing your hair, make sure it’s not too hot. Hot water dries the skin, including the scalp, and the drier it is, the more oil its glands will produce, leaving your hair unpleasantly greasy. Lukewarm water is the best for hair washing. It won’t dry it out and will go a long way towards preventing excessive oiliness. It may be difficult to do in the winter but it’s worth it and saves you a lot of trouble.
7. Baking soda
Sometimes you just don’t have time to make yourself a mask or a rinse for oily hair because you’re in a hurry. For those moments you can use baking soda to absorb the excess oil. Here is a simple trick on how to treat oily hair using baking soda: simply rub some soda into your hair and then brush it thoroughly to spread it everywhere. You may be surprised with the results. Alternatively, you can disguise the oily hair with a bit of talcum or baby powder: sprinkle on your hair and fluff it.
8. Turn the flaw into advantage
The slick look never goes out of fashion, so if you are really running late and have no time for washing your hair, pull it back into a ponytail or a bun and smooth out any flyways, which is much easier with oily hair, then enjoy your stylish look.
How to treat oily hair? What are your best hair tips?