Out of all of the complaints that I get as a hair stylist about people’s hair, over production of oil has to be the number one.
Combatting oiliness really can feel like an uphill battle. You scrub your hair clean daily, avoid anything that claims to soften hair, and maybe even avoid conditioners all together.
The funny thing is, the solution to this problem for the most part is quite simple. With these simple steps, I promise you that your greased up, stuck to your forehead hair will be the thing of the past.
1.What you wash with matters
Whether it’s an itchy scalp, flakiness, excessive oil, or a combination of the three, I can almost always trace the problem back to the shampoo being used.
Always avoid mentholated products. The reason why mint and tea tree is so prevalent in hair care products comes down to marketing. If it feels like it is doing something, it must be doing something, right? It would seem logical to go with products that feel invigorating and cooling (like tea tree shampoos for example) to treat scalp issues, but in fact that tingling feeling is a sign of irritation.
Over aggressive shampoos like tee tree shampoos (or any other heavily mentholated product) will only make your scalp produce more oil to compensate the abuse.
2. Don’t be cheap
The other problem I see is people cutting costs by purchasing cheap shampoos.
Cheap hair products are bad for two reasons. The biggest reason to avoid them is because of their astringent nature. To keep drug store products affordable, companies have to trim the fat somewhere which is usually in the formulas. In fact, I would bet that in most cases, the packaging in drugstore products costs the companies more than the formulas inside them. All too often these shampoos end up being harsh, over perfumed, and watered down. Like I said earlier, harsh shampoos means oiler scalps.
This goes into the second problem with cheap shampoos. You may be wondering why your hair doesn’t feel like a Brillo pad after using drugstore shampoo if they are as harsh as I claim. This is because most drug store shampoos and conditioners are formulated with mineral oils and paraffins. Neither of these ingredients actually moisturizer or soften your hair. They are in place to make your hair look and feel softer by coating the top layer of your hair.
What ends up happening is, those filler ingredients will eventually build up on your scalp and make it look greasy, make your scalp itchy, and can even start to flake off and look like dandruff.
Loma shampoos and conditioners
Loma is a brand of professional hair products that I recommend to clients all of the time because of there high quality ingredients, gentle fragrance, effective formulas, and affordable price point.
This is also one of the brands that I frequently use on myself.
3. For the love of God, quit washing your hair everyday!
Washing your hair everyday will cause your scalp to produce more oil in the long run. Even though I would consider this common knowledge by now, there are still many people that insist on washing there hair once (even twice) a day.
If you are using well formulated products, all you need is a little time for your body to adjust.
Some people say they feel icky if they don’t shampoo in the morning regardless of their texture. Try lightly rinsing your hair in warm water instead of shampooing.
Dry shampoo has come a long way and can make this transition easier as well.
Before you know it, you’ll be going two, three, maybe four days with out sudsing up.
4. Condition your hair
This is another mistake that a lot of people make when trying to combat oil. If you feel like your hair is too fine or already too smooth for a wash out conditioner, try a leave in spray out of the shower instead.
I have many clients that use leave in detanglers instead of wash out conditioners. Spray mid-length to ends, comb through and you are good to go.
If you feel your hair can handle a wash out conditioner from time to time, use it as a “deep conditioner” a few times a month instead of every time you shampoo.
Healthy hair and a healthy scalp go hand in hand.
Keune 2-Phase Spray
2-Phase spray is by far the number one product that my salon sells. It is one of the few products that will work pretty much on everyone’s hair. A bonus, this mineral based detangler also doubles as a heat protectant.
5. Stop putting moisturizing products on your scalp
Shampoo should only be concentrated at the scalp. Once rinsed, the foam will clean the mid-lengths and ends. Conditioner is the opposite. Add conditioner to the ends first and then work up towards the mid-lengths. The general rule of thumb is to apply conditioner only to hair below the ponytail line.
The same rule goes for smoothing serums, leave in conditioners, and any other type of hair smoother. Apply to the mid-lengths and ends only.
Hair that is closer to your scalp is less porous (absorbent) and doesn’t have as many layers of cuticle (the outer layers) as the mid-lengths and ends. That means that products designed to penetrate deeply into your hair shaft will end up just sitting on top of your hair, and of course all over your scalp.