What to do about Oily Scalp and Dry Hair?



A common problem faced by many ladies (as well as men with long hair) who experience oily scalp and hair is that the roots are oily but the ends are dry. Opposite poles indeed! We have discussed the main causes of oily scalp but what are some common reasons for dry ends?

1) As our hair grows longer, it takes more effort for our roots to transport the nutrients needed for healthy hair to the ends of our hair. That is why some of us notice split ends especially when we grow our hair really long without going to the salon for a trim.

2) This may surprise you. Our hair is actually 25% water. Not drinking enough water over the course of the day can also dehydrate our hair especially at the ends.

3) The excessive use of hairdryers, curlers, straighteners and hair products can also lead to dull-looking, unhealthy hair and dry ends.

Chloe on Yahoo Answers has oily roots and she straightens her hair every school day, making her hair ends very dry. In general, styling products and the heat from hair dryers, straighteners and curlers will damage the structure of the hair making it lose its natural shine. Also the heat from straighteners reaches the scalp skin, opens pores (or hair follicles) and increases sebum production. This is probably why Chloe’s scalp tends to be greasy. 

If you insist on using curlers and straighteners (I understand your personal preferences :) ), it may not be enough to depend on a heat protector spray alone to protect your hair from heat damage. Here are some options for your consideration:

1) Head to the salon and have your hair trimmed at least once every 2 - 3 months. This gets rid of the damaged ends and encourages new healthy hair to regenerate.

2) Wash your hair just 2-3 times a week. Overwashing your hair will strip the scalp of moisture and oil, causing the scalp to produce even more sebum to balance the dryness. 2 hair-washing routines I highly recommend are:

Option 1: Switch to a sebum-regulating herbal shampoo and use it every 2-3 days. I have been using Phyto’s Phytocedrat shampoo for a few years and it never fails to refresh my scalp! After rinsing, towel dry and apply a small amount of argan oil to the mid-section and ends of your hair. Argan oil is readily absorbed by our hair shafts and it returns shine and softness to the hair. Allow your hair to dry naturally.

Option 2: Continue your normal routine of washing with your usual shampoo every 2-3 day. Complete the rinse with some lemon water (just squeeze some lemon juice and mix with a bit of water). Lemon water helps close the pores and prevent sebum from reproducing too quickly. (You can even take some of this lemon water to work or school and apply it to your scalp in an emergency whenever you feel your scalp is getting oily.) After rinsing and towel drying, apply a small amount of argan oil to the mid-section and ends of your hair and allow your hair to dry naturally.

3) Last but not least, you should always take extra steps to nourish your hair whether or not you use styling products or not. You should always apply a hair mask to rehydrate dry hair at least once a week. An all-natural conditioner/hair mask is the egg yolk and lemon concoction. Mix 2-3 egg yolks with the juice from 1 lemon. Apply this mask on your washed hair and leave it on for 15 minutes. Then wash your hair with lukewarm water and don’t use a hair-dryer. Egg yolks are one of our hair’s best friends and they really nourish the hair, improving shine and texture.

If you’re wondering what to do about the leftover egg whites, just give them a light whisk and apply to your face as a face mask to remove excess sebum and dead skin. Leave on your face till the mask hardens, the rinse off with lukewarm water.

There are many other homemade, herbal and natural remedies for oily scalp that also work to nourish the hair. Explore these recipes and find one that works for you. It shouldn’t be hard :)


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