The summer sun can prove to be your worst enemy if you have oily hair. Even frequent washes and hair treatment at the salon, don’t seem to defend against a limp and greasy looking hairline. An oily scalp is the result of your pores secreting an excess amount of sebum: the body’s natural moisturising substance. An oily scalp can be hereditary or it can be caused due to pollution and lifestyle. However, it doesn’t have to be unmanageable. Here are the top tips that you need to keep in mind to expertly manage that oily scalp.
Turn around that shampoo bottle and check what’s in it. The best shampoos for oily hair have aloe vera, rosemary or tea tree oil as an active ingredient. If you go swimming or use a lot of hair styling products, buy a ‘clarifying’ shampoo that will wash out the grime from your scalp. Stay away from shampoo and conditioners that are ‘hydrating’ or which have natural oils, such as ‘argan oil’ added to them.
Sometimes, the best remedies for hair and skin care are on your kitchen shelf. Your mom was right when she told you to massage warm coconut oil on your scalp before a bath. Don’t be afraid to experiment with natural conditioners such as olive oil and yoghurt. The best part is that they will not leave any chemical residue on your scalp. Lemon juice, rose water, apple cider vinegar, and mint are natural astringents to shrink your scalp pores and prevent excess oil secretion.
Your hands and fingernails carry so much dust and dirt. A seemingly innocent habit such as running your hands through your hair can see all this dirt get deposited on your scalp. Quite an unnecessary situation. Choose a hairstyle that will keep your hair off your face.
Dry shampoos are a serious boon for those with an oily scalp. If you gym regularly, your scalp most likely takes the brunt of all that hard work. While it may be tempting to wash your hair daily, stick with a dry shampoo instead. The best way to use a dry shampoo is to spray some sparingly on your hairline and then brush to even out.
An oily scalp doesn’t need to be conditionedevery time you shampoo. If you must condition, apply conditioner only to the last half of your hair length. This will ensure no conditioner residue sits on your scalp. Choose a conditioner that will match the ingredients of your shampoo. For instance, if you have an aloe vera shampoo, stick with an aloe vera conditioner.
Hot water makes your hair follicles secrete more oil. Wash your hair with lukewarm water and make your last rinse a cold one. Cold water may not feel pleasant on your scalp, but it does great work sealing your pores and preventing excess oil secretion. The same goes for when you blow dry: use the cool air setting.
A diet rich in sugar and fried snacks imbalances your body insulin levels. This in turn makes your pores secrete more oil. You don’t need to cut off your intake of your favourite treats, just limit how often you eat them. Try to opt for baked snacks as opposed to fried ones. Fresh fruits, salads, nuts, and seeks make for the best snacking between meals. Drink at least 2 litres of water a day.
Homeopathy and hair treatment
If you’ve tried almost everything and your scalp stays oily beyond control, it might be time to explore other alternatives. You might have a scalp infection such as psoriasis, hair lice, or even seborrheic dermatitis. Do get your scalp checked by a doctor or a trichologist. Avoid trying to self-medicate by changing your shampoo and using home remedies. These remedies often suppress physical symptoms without tackling the actual cause.
Scalp infections, if left untreated, can lead to severe hair loss. This can prove to be traumatic especially as our hair is an important part of our physical appearance and self-esteem. Homeopathic medicines for hair loss take the personalised approach: each patient is treat according to his / her unique genetic susceptibility, lifestyle, and current progression of hair loss. Homeopathic hair treatment options are free from harmful chemicals and side effects. With lasting solutions and painless hair treatment, homeopathic medicines have become the preferred choice for many people who are tired of conventional medication.
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