How to Prevent Oily Hair

How to Prevent Oily Hair

How to Prevent Oily Hair


We all want our hair to look healthy and shiny. Unfortunately, when you have oily hair maintaining the balance between having it look shiny versus having it look greasy can be a challenge. If it feels like you’ll never get your oily hair under control, never fear, there are simple solutions you can use to help ease the problem.

Take a Shampoo Break

This might seem counter-intuitive, but not washing your hair every day can help reduce oil build up. When you wash your hair daily, it actually triggers the natural oils in your hair to activate in order to rehydrate your hair. Instead try washing your hair every other day or every few days.

On days you don’t wash your hair, you can use a dry shampoo to help remove any excess oil and to help with styling. There are lots of dry shampoos available today, so experiment until you find one that works for you. You can also use cornstarch, baby powder or cocoa powder. Be sure to shake and brush the product out completely to get the best results.

Use the Right Shampoo and Conditioner

Using the right shampoo and conditioner can also help to prevent oily hair. During the shampoo segment of washing your hair, be sure to give it a good scrub, especially at the roots. Your goal is to get your hair clean, not just hurry through the process.

Rinse thoroughly before applying conditioner to the ends of your hair. You can use a wide-tooth comb in the shower, once you’ve applied your conditioner, to ensure it really penetrates your hair.

It is also a good idea to mix up your shampoo routine. Try using a clarifying shampoo on your hair at least once a week. These types of shampoos are designed to remove excess oil and product build-up. If you don’t have a clarifying shampoo at the ready, you can also use apple cider vinegar or cooked and cooled oatmeal.

Use the Right Styling Products

Before you buy the next trendsetting hair care products, make sure to read the labels. Not all products are ideal for oily hair. Avoid any products that claim to hydrate or moisturize your hair. These will only leave your hair looking limp and feeling very oily. Instead, opt for products that are designed to prevent oily hair.

Eating a Healthy Diet

The saying, “you are what you eat and drink,” isn’t just keeping your body healthy. A poor diet, rich in processed foods, can also affect your hair. Remember to drink lots of water, and eat foods rich in vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, seeds, nuts and olive oil.

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