Oily or greasy hair is a common problem among many adults and children. Yet, having oily or greasy hair is not necessarily the problem that many people think it is. In fact, there are some advantages to having hair that is oily or greasy.
The most common cause of oily hair is excess sebum in the scalp. Caring for oily or greasy hair is meant to target the accumulation of oil and dandruff on the scalp, minimizing it to prevent the hair from becoming limp and greasy.
Problems caused because of oily hair
Oily or greasy hair is actually common among those who suffer from acne problems because excessive sebum not only leaves hair oily and greasy it contributes to the formation of acne as well.
It is a known fact that some people’s bodies produce more oil than others. Unfortunately, there is not much these individuals can do other than regularly shampoo with a mild shampoo product. The best time for people with oily hair to shampoo is first thing in the morning. This keeps the hair fresh all day. If shampooed at night, oil glands have an 8-hour cycle to work while you are sleeping and by mid-day the following day, the hair will begin to look oily.
Oily or greasy hair not only looks unattractive and dirty, it actually has an unpleasant odor. People with oily hair may not realize this. You can ask them to wash their hands, dry them, and smell them, and then run their clean hands through their hair and rub the scalp; they will be able to detect the odor that is caused by naturally oily or greasy hair.
Anyone with naturally oily or greasy hair knows that it can not only change the hair’s appearance, but its behavior as well. Fine hair is especially affected, and it tends to have a wild and unmanageable appearance when oily. Cowlicks become less manageable and stick up when the hair is oily and the natural oils make hair stick together, causing curly or wavy hair to look more curly or wavy. Natural oils will make the hair look thinner because it causes the hair to clump and expose the scalp.
Dealing with oily hair
The key to controlling naturally oily hair is to remove as much sebum from the scalp as possible. Shampoo should be used to not only wash the hair on your head, but your scalp as well. In fact, shampoos are designed to clean the scalp while beautifying the hair.
If you cannot shampoo and your oily hair needs a quick fix, rubbing talcum powder into the roots of the hair should help.
While these methods will help to prevent hair from looking oily and greasy, as well as prevent natural oil build-up, you can prevent ongoing oil and grease issues by washing your hair every alternate day with a shampoo that is suited for your particular hair type.