10 Oct 2016
Greasy hair is a condition characterized by excess oil production by the scalp. The condition occurs when the sebaceous glands of your hair, responsible for producing necessary oil, overproduce it. Greasy hair is an absolute challenge especially in the humid Singapore weather. The symptoms may include foul-smelling hair and scalp acne. When you have greasy hair, all your attempts to make the hair bouncy and shiny would fail – even DIY methods may not work. Actually, the excess oil production process is a vicious cycle. To know how to beat this cycle and manage greasy hair well, read on.
This sounds counterintuitive, but is actually a fact. People with an oily scalp wake up with greasy hair, and their first impulse is to have their hair washed which results in stripping the scalp of its natural sebum. In response to the loss of sebum, the body starts producing an excessive amount of oil. Ideally, you should wash the greasy hair once every three days, or at least every other day. Using a clarifying shampoo is recommended. Opt for shampoos such as the ADV Purifying Cleanser that is formulated for oily scalp which helps in normalizing sebum production.
Shampooing correctly is the first step in correcting your sebum production. When shampooing, massage the scalp lightly but thoroughly. Rinse with cool water and ensure that no shampoo is left behind. To wash off the shampoo completely, be sure to rinse for at least 30 seconds.
Many women use dry shampoos to manage grease and keep any odor away. However dry shampoos can clog up your follicles. Thus always remember to use an exfoliating product like the ADV Pre-Treatment Scalp Elixir once a week for normal scalp and once every two weeks for sensitive scalp types. Other hair products that you could use are oil-absorbing hair powders and conditioners. However, always ensure the products suit your hair and scalp type.
Professional hair and scalp treatments are effective ways to manage a number of hair problems, including greasy hair, hair thinning, sensitive scalp and hair fall. Greasy hair can also be managed by using almond oil, cold-pressed olive oil, aloe vera and apple cider vinegar. Baking soda solution and tea rinses are also effective ways to combat an oily scalp. However, for best results, you should consider visiting a professional hair spa and salon. The experts there know what exactly would work for your hair type. Also, professional saloons usually use advanced techniques to reverse the problem. For instance, the spa facility at PHS Hairscience uses a combination of scientific and massage-based techniques to deal with your hair.
While oil production on the scalp is natural, certain habits like brushing or styling your hair excessively can aggravate it. When you keep touching your hair, it results in more oil being produced due to the transmission of bacteria and dirt. You should also keep the hair dryer away from the hair because heat can stimulate oil production as well.PREV