Until this year, I have seriously struggled with having thin, fine, and oily hair – and in my quest to solve those issues I have learned so much that I want to share with you, specifically around how to fix oily hair! I’ve always struggled with too much oil/grease and had to wash my hair every single day my entire life, but as an adult (and since having kids), I started noticing that it was getting worse and worse. For the past few years, by around 4pm everyday, my hair would be so oily that it almost looked wet at the roots. Gross, I know, but it’s true! If I was going somewhere in the evening, I would usually either have to take a second shower, or throw my hair up in a bun. I normally went the bun route, because who has time for 2 showers a day?! Anyway, this year I have seen a complete turnaround and I can now go at least 2 days between washes, and I don’t struggle with my hair being just flat and oily and dull anymore. Here’s what I’ve learned:
1. Avoid products harsh cleansers, or with silicones/waxes that add buildup to your hair.
This was my biggest mistake. Many products, including shampoos, conditioners, creams, and styling products, are made with silicone and/or waxes to help your hair look or feel more shiny/smooth. The problem is that these silicones, especially, not only add sine or gloss, they also build up on your hair over time and can make it look dirty, oily, and weighed down – especially if you have fine hair that lacks volume.
Using low-quality shampoos with harsh cleansers or detergents in them will strip your scalp and hair of the oils that your body naturally produces, which prompts your body to then overproduce oil because it thinks that it doesn’t have enough. Because it’s being stripped away daily, your oil production goes into overdrive.
It’s best to use a naturally based shampoo that is customized for your hair type and infused with oils that are conditioning and good for your hair/scalp rather than harsh cleansers, and that won’t add that nasty buildup.
2. Do oil treatments regularly to fix oily hair.
This was the key for me that changed everything! I know this is counter-intuitive, adding oil to oil – but normally, when your body is over producing oil – it’s because it thinks that it doesn’t have “enough” oil….so it goes into overdrive with oil production. So, adding oil will actually slow your natural oil production! I started doing overnight oil treatments on my hair, twice a week, about 10 months ago – and I noticed a significant difference in the first week, and it’s only improved from there! The key, for this to work, is to use a high quality organic oil that most closely mimics your body’s natural oils and that can actually penetrate into your hair and follicles – rather than just sitting on top. There are a bunch of different oils that are recommended for hair, but here’s one tip for you: A really great indication of a high quality oil that will fix your oily hair is actually the container it comes in. You want an oil that can actually penetrate into your hair and follicles, and so you want to avoid oils that come in plastic bottles or containers – because a good oil will always be in glass bottles – otherwise it would just seep through the plastic. That’s why essential oils come in glass bottles, so you want to have that same type of quality for the oil you put on your hair. Doing oil treatments will not only help fix your oily scalp, but it will also make sure that you hair itself and especially your ends stay hydrated and healthy, too! If you want my recommendation on the best oil for your hair – I’ll leave it at the bottom of this post!
3. Focus on your scalp when shampooing.
This is a simple one, but important! When shampooing your hair, apply a small amount of shampoo to your scalp/roots and gently massage it into your scalp – and let it naturally run down the lengths of your hair. You also don’t want to skip the “repeat” step, so make sure you wash your hair twice if directed by your shampoo instructions (most high quality shampoos require two washes).
4. Condition only the lengths of your hair, not your scalp.
Conditioners can be very moisturizing and make your hair look more greasy or even cause excess oil production when applied to your scalp. However, don’t be afraid of a conditioner when trying to fix oily hair – using a conditioner is part of a healthy hair routine, just make sure that you’re only applying your conditioner to the lengths of your hair, not to your scalp/roots.
5. Use dry shampoo to help you go longer between washes.
Dry shampoo is an excellent way to help you to go longer without washing, and absorb excess oil. It’s obviously gained a ton of popularity in recent years, especially among us moms that don’t have time to wash our hair everyday. It’s a great for a refresh after a workout, or for day 2 or 3 hair. However, there’s something really important you should know about dry shampoos, especially because they’re so common now and you can find them everywhere! Most dry shampoos are filled with really scary ingredients – so please, if there’s one thing you take away from this post, go look at the ingredients on your dry shampoo today and make sure that you’re using something that is safe. First of all, you want to avoid dry shampoos with talc in them, which is linked to cancer, so that’s a big one to look out for. But (even more scary, to me) is that many spray-can style dry shampoos actually use LPG’s (Liquid Petroleum Gas), Butane, Propane, or Isobutane as their propellant. So, if you use dry shampoo, there’s a good chance that you are actually spraying petroleum gas on your head everyday and that is not just scary – it’s super flammable!
PS. If you want to know the best specific (safe and healthy) products to fix your oily hair, I would love to learn a little more about what you’re struggling with and send you some customized recommendations. Just CLICK HERE to take my quick hair quiz and I’ll personally review your results and get back to you within 48 hours!