The importance of oil in our hair cannot be underrated. It is responsible for keeping our hair soft; but what if it is overproduced? The results will be oily, greasy-looking locks which can be embarrassing, irritating and simply annoying. A sad fact is that this problem is a common condition among most people.
In this article, we are going to look at the best treatment. But before that, let me point out some of the probable causes.
You may probably be wondering why your hair has become greasy all of a sudden. There are plenty of factors that may lead to this happening:
- Touching it too much: According to bustle.com, your hands produce oil that can easily get in your curls if you’re constantly playing with it.
- Hormonal imbalance: Hormone fluctuations in both men and women can be triggered by stress, puberty, pregnancy, menopause or medications and can result in excessive sebum production (a substance that is responsible for lubricating your hair). If you notice a sudden notice it become more greasy, your hormone levels might be the reason.
- Diet: According to headandshoulders.com, ‘diets high in refined carbohydrates and saturated fats can increase skin’s oil production.’
- Over-washing: It seems like washing it may be the most direct solution to solve oil production. But over-washing may trigger the body to produce more sebum to counter the dryness thus make your hair oilier.
- Using wrong products: The wrong styling products can make your locks look even duller and greasy.
- Genetics: If your dad and/or mum had greasy hair, you’re bound to have it if you inherited some of the genetic factors that cause it.
The best treatment
Whereas there is no ‘cure’ for greasiness, you can easily keep it under control through following the methods below
There are several home remedies you can use to keep your hair dry and soft for days. One of them is Aloe Vera. According to Kayawell.com ‘The vitamins, minerals, and enzymes present in Aloe Vera are very helpful for getting rid of oily hair. The gentle and soothing nature of Aloe Vera will also keep your hair healthy.” You can get more natural remedies by visiting their website.
What is the best shampoo for greasy hair? It is important to check the ingredients of your shampoo to make sure you are helping the situation and not simply worsening it. Marie Claire, a beauty specialist says, ‘The key is to look for a formula with soothing and calming properties, as well as something that is going to control your scalp’s oil levels.’ Using a good quality anti-oil shampoo will get rid of the greasiness you’re insecure about and replace it with the soft and vibrant curls you have always dreamed of.
Eating a balanced diet
Studies suggest that the foods we consume can affect our sebaceous glands and how much is excreted. A lot of carbohydrates can increase the production of sebum from the sebaceous glands and lead to excessive oil hence greasy hair. On the other side, caloric restriction has been shown to dramatically decrease the sebum secretion rate. Reducing calorie consumption can, therefore, control oiliness.
You are advised to see a dermatologist if the problem persists
Does oily hair cause hair loss?
An oily scalp is often associated with hair loss. Excessive sebum production can be a sign of inflammation, a response of the scalp to injury, infection, or caused by a condition such as psoriasis. And when the follicles are inflamed, hair growth is slowed and the strands produced is weaker in structure.