Oily Scalp and Hairs: Remedying a Nightmare

Aug. 31, 2020
Oily/greasy hair with a hint of messy look is in these days, but too much of it is nothing short of a nightmare for those who suffer from oily scalp and hair. Not just it makes your hair appear dirty and unwashed but also causes damage to your hair. Researchers have even suggested that having too much oily on your scalp can be a sign of skin disorder. 
In this piece, we will have a look at what this problem is, its causes, and some effective remedies that can be easily used at home to treat your oily scalp and hair.
What is it?
An oily scalp is easily identifiable; if you find your scalp and hair to be oily more frequently in comparison to others and even after regular washing, chances are that oil glands on your scalp are hyperactive and producing excessive oil. This, in turn, gives your scalp and hair a greasy, dirty look which is also an indicator of a possible skin disorder.
Causes of Oily Scalp and Hair:
  • Genetics:
  • Genetics is an important factor in the production of excess oil by glands on your scalp. This may also be related to the thickness of your hair and the density of oil glands on the scalp.
  • Eczema and Psoriasis:
  • Many skin problems, including eczema and psoriasis, are the main contributor to oily scalp. Many such skin disorders are related to immune system dysfunction and can cause scaly red patches to appear on different parts of the scalp. As these patches are scaly and dry, this causes the glands on the scalp to produce excessive oil. 
  • Dandruff:
  • Dandruff is something that scares the bejesus out of anyone who loves their hair. It is an indicator of several problems related to the scalp, including oily scalp and hair. Seborrheic dermatitis or dandruff causes the scalp to be inflamed and irritates it which causes itchiness. It can cause scaly pink areas to be developed on the scalp where oil gland density is high. The reasons for dandruff range from autoimmune conditions to allergic reactions to certain hair products.
    Before we begin with the treatments, here are a few important tips that may help in making a difference:
  • First of all, make sure that you wash your hair regularly. In most cases, the culprit is nothing more than not washing your hair and scalp regularly. Counterintuitively, washing your hair more than you should also lead towards an oily scalp. If you wash more often than you should, the oil glands on your scalp will start producing excessive oil to make up for lost natural oil that helps protect your hair. Try to find the right balance by washing your hair 4 times per week and see whether you should ‘up’ it or take it down a notch.
  • Shampoo properly. Apply a small amount on the scalp and work it into leather. Avoid using nails and rub the entire scalp gently. Try not to irritate the scalp and wash it afterward properly.
  • Apply conditioner towards the lower end of the hair instead of the top.
  • Let your hair dry on their own instead of using a blow-dryer.
  • Don’t use hair products with harsh chemicals.
  • Clean your hairbrush/comb regularly.
  • The Treatments:
    And finally, let’s turn our attention towards simple remedies that can help in better management of an oily scalp and ensure that your hair and scalp remains healthy and clean looking.
  • Use Aloe Vera as a scalp and hair mask twice a week.
  • Try using tea tree oil by diluting it with coconut oil. This will deeply nourish your scalp and eliminate and bacteria or fungal buildup that may lead to certain skin conditions that cause oily scalp.
  • To restore the pH balance of your scalp, use apple cider vinegar treatment twice a month. After you have washed your hair, apply a diluted solution of apple cider vinegar directly on the scalp, rub it in and leave for a few minutes. Rinse afterward.
  • Use mild shampoos that are specifically designed for oily scalp. Look for active ingredients including sodium lauryl sulfate, benzoyl peroxide, selenium sulfide, sodium sulfacetamide, and ketoconazole.
  • Try consuming fish oil supplements and probiotics. Also, regularly drinking green tea is also beneficial for the health of your scalp and hair.
  • This about covers it, but if none of the treatments seem to be working, it is about time to consult a dermatologist.
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