If you struggle to keep your tresses light, shiny and bouncy for longer than just a few hours, you probably have oily hair. And this means you know the frustration of hair that is flat no matter what you try, ponytails that are a little too sleek or not being able to go more than one day between washes. While you most likely inherited this “condition,” there are few things in your beauty routine that could be aggravating it.
We turned to 19 year veteran stylist, Aimee Porter, Brand Ambassador for Toni & Guy and owner of Glamorous salon in Northwest Arkansas, for a few tips on helping oily hair being the best it can be.
12 Tips for Girls Who Struggle With Oily Hair:
1. Shampoo Less
We know this sounds counterproductive but, over washing actually makes oily hair worse. The oils get stripped which in turn, stimulates the sebum glands to release more oil. So less really is more when it comes to oily hair.
2. Dry Shampoo
For the days you don’t wash your hair, use a dry shampoo. The best way to do this is after you apply, set it with a blow dryer. It absorbs any oils keeping hair fresher for a longer amount of time.
3. Choose Products Wisely
Pay attention to the labels. Don’t use shampoos that are designed for dry or damaged hair or your hair will be heavier, dull and greasy! Look for products specifically designed for oily hair and use them.
4. Use Styling Products Sparingly
Oily hair is very susceptible to product build up and residue. This adds weight to your locks, weighs it down and makes it even more oily than it already is. Find a product that leaves minimal residue and be careful with gels, mousses and sprays. Your hair style professional should be able to recommend products for you.
5. Quit Brushing
Okay, not totally quit, but limit it. Brushing stimulates oil production and we all know the outcome of that.
6. Deep Cleanse
On occasion, give your hair a good deep cleanse to remove oily build up and product residue that builds up over time. A little lemon juice in water is a great rinse to use!
7. Be Strategic
When washing and conditioning, be strategic about product placement. Use shampoo closer to your roots where the oil is, but when using a conditioning product, avoid the root area so you don’t add any oils back. In all reality, you could even skip the conditioner.
8. Think About Your Cut
Long, straight hair is simply going to be more oily. You may consider a shorter, more manageable cut.
9. Rinse, Rinse and Rinse Again
Make sure you get out every drop of shampoo. Leaving it on your hair will irritate the scalp and cause oiliness.
10. Hands Off
This is a hard one! But keep those hands out of your hair! The oils from your hands will end up in your hair and that’s a disaster.
11. Water Temperature is Important
Don’t use hot water! High temps aren’t good for your hair and will aggravate your scalp.
12. Wear a Hat
If you are going to be in the sun, wear a hat! Don’t expose your scalp and hair on hot days, plus a hat will cover any oil situation you may going on that day.
Do you have any tips for oily hair you would like to share?
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