The Ultimate Guide to Oily Hair: Causes, Treatment, and Prevention
Oily hair has a range of potential causes, from genetics to poor hair habits. Treatment can include natural remedies, specialized shampoos, or better styling practices.
Greasy hair isn’t a serious condition in itself, although it can cause mental and emotional distress. Learn common causes behind greasy hair, and how to prevent it.
We also share DIY treatments, suggest anti-oil shampoos, and tricks to hide oily hair when you’re short on time.
Oily Hair Causes
The cause of greasy hair isn’t always cut-and-dry. There can be one or more factors involved, such as:
Fine, straight hair is usually more likely to get oily than other types. It’s also easier for grease to carry through the hair, making it look more visible.
Seborrheic dermatitis, psoriasis, and other skin disorders can be a primary or secondary cause of greasy hair.
Hormonal imbalances caused by menopause, pregnancy, or certain health conditions can lead to greasier hair due to excess sebum (oil) production.
Oddly enough, both excessive and insufficient washing can lead to greasy hair.
Not shampooing enough can lead to a buildup of dandruff and dead skin cells, worsening oil.
Overwashing with harsh shampoos can strip your tresses of essential protective oils, ramping up oil production.
Frequently touching and styling your hair can lead to unwanted oil distribution.
Examples include brushing your hair too often or regular elaborate styling between washes.
Heavy serums, conditioners, and gels can significantly worsen oily hair. Such products can buildup and make your hair look greasier than it is, and trap oil too.
Highly humid climates can make grease look worse than it is. Plus, if you’re sweating all the time it can accumulate on your scalp and contribute to oil.
DIY Remedies for Oily Hair
You’ll find numerous DIY shampoos, conditioners, and rinses for oily hair online.
However, take anecdotal claims of success with a grain of salt. Bear in mind that some ingredients such as vinegar and tea tree oil can be irritating in high quantities.
- Botanical oils: Tea tree oil, aloe vera, and other plant extracts are popular home remedies to cut down on oil.
- Lemon juice: As an astringent, lemon juice might help remove shine-provoking buildup from your hair.
- Apple cider vinegar: Acidic apple cider vinegar is a popular cleaning agent as it breaks down grease.
- Tea rinse: Using black tea or green tea, which is rich in antioxidants, may help to improve oil buildup.
- Baking soda: Baking soda could work to dry out an oily scalp, although you should avoid using too much.
Shampoos for Oily Hair
It’s worth investing in a shampoo specifically for greasy hair. Here are a couple to inspire you:
How to Hide Oily Hair
Understandably, you might find yourself in a situation where washing your hair isn’t possible. Here are a few simple techniques to minimize the appearance of oil:
Dry shampoo is a popular quick fix—these products come as either sprays or powder to absorb excess oil.
Consider Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo, which combats oil buildup and works to add volume.
In a pinch, you can create your own DIY dry shampoo using baby powder. Don't dry out your scalp by using too much.
Oil Blotting Sheets
The type of oil blotting sheets you use for your face can work on your hair, although they might be less effective.
Dab your tresses at the roots to limit unwanted shine. Opt for larger sheets, such as Natural Green Tea Oil Absorbing Tissues.
Style Your Hair
Slicking your hair back in a bun or using hair gel is a simple technique to conceal grease.
How to Prevent Oily Hair
Luckily, there are a few strategies at your disposal to improve oily hair.
Find Your Wash Frequency
Experiment with the ideal washing frequency for you. For instance, twice-weekly washes instead of once-weekly, or every other day versus daily.
Use the Right Products
Pick shampoos and products formulated to combat oily hair. Steer clear of greasy, heavy solutions.
Avoid Excessive Styling
Try to limit brushing, straightening, and frequent style changes as much as you can.
Change Pillowcases or Protective Sleepwear Often
Switch out pillowcases at least once a week. If you wear a cap or scarf while you sleep, don’t let it get too dirty.
If you’re prone to oily hair because of genetics or your hair type, it can be difficult to get rid of it entirely. Still, tactics like changing your hair products and avoiding over-styling can help improve it dramatically. It’s also important to find the right washing frequency for your scalp.
Tips from a dermatologist on sunscreen ☀️
Let’s talk about sunscreen ☀️ What’s a good sunscreen to wear? One that is: * Broad-spectrum protection (protects against UVA and UVB rays) * SPF 30 or higher * Water resistant This will help protect your skin from early skin aging, sunburn, and skin cancer. What is the difference between chemical and physical sunscreens? Chemical sunscreens work like a sponge, absorbing the sun’s rays. They contain one or more of the following ingredients: oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate, and octinoxate. These are often easier to rub into the skin without a white cast. Physical sunscreens (aka mineral sunscreens) act like a shield, sitting on the surface of your skin and deflecting the sun’s rays. These can come on white. They have the active ingredients zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide Reapply every 2 hours when outside in the sun ☀️ Some of my favorites: Tinted: Cerave tinted, la roche posay tinted, alastin CeraVe - Face Sheer Tint Hydrating Sunscreen SPF 30 LA ROCHE-POSAY - Anthelios 50 Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid SPF 50 ALASTIN SKINCARE - HydraTint Pro Mineral Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 36 Not tinted: colorescience, drunk elephant colorescience - Sunforgettable Total Protection Face Shield SPF 50 Sunscreen DRUNK ELEPHANT - Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30 What’s your favorite sunscreen?
Kylie x Grinch - Worth the Hype?
Review time!!! I just received the entire Kylie Cosmetics Grinch Collection in the mail this week & I want to break down each product and tell you what I loved and didn’t love. Palette: I’m not one that reaches for tons of colour usually but all the greens in this palette are gorgeous! There’s a mix of matte and shimmer shades, and as usual, the shadows blend like a dream! The good thing about this palette is that there are still some neutral shades rather than just greens. I definitely appreciate the mixture of shades. Shadow Sticks: The Kylie shadow sticks are probably one of my favourite products they have ever released. They are so extremely pigmented, and so easy to apply. They’re basically fool proof, and they set as a shadow. If you haven’t tried them out, I highly suggest you do! In this collection we have a super pretty light shimmery green, light gold, and two rosy toned shadow sticks. Shimmer Eye Glazes: This product is insane. They are a super intensely pigmented eyeshadow that leaves the lids looking wet & dripping in glitter! One swipe of these on the lid is literally all you need for that intense shimmer. If you’re someone who loves super shimmery eyeshadow, I recommend giving the Kylie Cosmetics Shimmer Eye Glazes a try. This collection came with 2 shades: a minty turquoise green and a gold - & I’m obsessed and so happy to be adding these to my collection!! Olive Kyliner: My go to liquid liner is the black Kyliner, so i wasn’t surprised when i loved the easy application and long wearing quality of this olive Kyliner! The liner applies a lighter olive green and dries down to a deeper olive shade. It’s definitely not something I’d reach for everyday, although it’s definitely cute for the holidays or even for a pop of colour to a neutral eye! Blush: I am a huge fan of the Kylie Cosmetics Blushes as opposed to the other blushes I’ve tried from the brand this one had some shimmer in it! It’s quite similar to the NARS “orgasm” blush but with a stronger pink hue. I love the shimmer in it, it adds a pretty glow to the cheeks, perfect for the holidays.. or any day really :P Highlight: Def on theme, but probably my least favourite product in of the collection :( Don’t get me wrong, it’s super blinding and glowy. Although, once I applied to my face it showed off as very green. Personally I don’t want a green glow on my face! But hey, if that’s your vibe that’s cool! Definitely not a highlight I’d reach for everyday. Lip Kit: Obsessed. This red is EVERYTHING! This Lip Kit is one of the best reds I have ever tried. It has a matte finish and is extremely long wearing. I know it’s sold out but a similar shade would be “BOSS” by Kylie. Lipsticks: These shades are gorg for the holidays and I love the shade range! Long wearing & comfortable on the lips. High Glosses: Kylies high glosses are high shine, but very sticky! So if you’re not a fan of sticky glosses you won’t love these. These shades are perf for the holidays and everyday!
THIS DERMATOLOGISTS FAVORITE NEW CLEANSER
Cleansers are an essential step in everyone’s skincare routine, but it can be difficult to find the right one for your skin. The new Aveeno Calm + Restore nourishing oat cleanser has been my new go-to daily cleanser and I love it. ❤️🙌 Aveeno has always been a brand to create formulations that target dry and sensitive skin and this cleanser is no different. This cleanser is great for people all skin types but would likely benefit dry or combination skin most. The incorporated oat complex helps restore build the skin’s moisture barrier and soothe itchy skin. There is no stripping effect with this cleanser, which is something too always look for with your cleanser. Other pros about this product are its fragrance free (limiting any irritant reactions) as well as great pricing. On amazon, you can find a bottle for under $10.‼️‼️ TRUTH: If you are trying to fight acne or blackheads I recommend against this cleanser and try finding something with salicylic acid. Have you tried the new Aveeno cleanser? Let me know your thoughts in the comments! ⤵️
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Skincare Products ( that i have been LOVING )
Recently, I have been super into skincare and keeping up with my skin’s appearance as I am growing myself in the beauty industry ( meaning that I am now CONSTANTLY doing makeup on myself! ) Fluff and Starface both sent me these products to try out, and I have been LOVING them so far! I have combination skin, and this routine is PERFECT for me! My new three favorite skincare products that I have been enjoying as of lately are 1) FLUFF - Face Oil #1 , which is 100% jojoba oil, which I used as an all natural makeup remover! Jojoba oil is super moisturizing and amazing for literally all skin types- especially acne prone and sensitive skin! 2) FLUFF cleanser , which is again - all natural - containing jojoba oil, hemp seed oil (which moisturizes without clogging pores, and balances out oily skin), ashwagandha root (which stimulates production of natural skin oils), and aloe vera (which reduces blemishes and acne, as well as lightens blemishes on the face). This cleanser does a great job of removing makeup as well as leaving you skin moisturized and soft! 3) STARFACE Moisture on Mars Hydrating Face Cream! A little bit of this product really goes a long way, leaving your face super soft, hydrated, and all with a SERIOUS glow!!! I highly recommend checking these 3 products all out! They all work great separately, but in my opinion as I have been using them cohesively, my skin has been looking and feeling great ( besides that one pimple 🙄 ). xx Isabelle
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