The quest for beautiful, thick and voluminous hair is something that almost everyone understands – unless of course you’re one of the lucky ones! Hair products are now more than just shampoo and conditioner and the bevy of hair sprays, serums and masks available now just shows how important a head full of healthy hair is to many people.
Unfortunately, there are many issues that can get in the way of dreamy hair, and one such problem is an oily scalp. Oily scalps result in greasy, limp and lifeless hair which is not only unpleasant and uncomfortable, but can also make one look unattractive or even worse, unhygienic!
Greasy hair is caused by excessive oil secretion by the glands in the scalp and can be due to several reasons, for example, hormonal fluctuations from menstrual cycles or effects of birth control pills, heredity, stress, poor dietary habits or just naturally fine-textured hair. Oil secretion is advantageous to maintain healthy hair and prevent breakage, but anything excessive is never good!
The best way to treat oily hair is to maintain a clean scalp - but over washing may cause more damage than good. Lucky for us, there are several home remedies to address this problem natural ingredients to the rescue!
Lemon juice is one of the many holy grails of natural remedies, including treatment for oily hair. Lemon consists of essential vitamins and minerals which promote healthy hair, as well as acidic features which balances pH levels to reduce excessive oil developing on scalps.
How-To: Squeeze 1 lemon into 1 cup of distilled water, and apply the mixture whilst lightly massaging your scalp. Leave it for 5 minutes before rinsing thoroughly. You can store the leftover mixture in the fridge.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Similar to lemon juice, apple cider vinegar consists of acetic acid which balances pH levels to reduce excessive oil secretion. Plus, it works as a hair tonic for soft and shiny hair!
How-To: Combine 2-3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with a cup of water. After shampooing and rinsing, apply this mixture on wet hair and leave on for 5 minutes and rinse with cold water. Apply 2-3 times weekly.
Aloe vera consists of vitamins and enzymes which help detoxify the scalp by getting rid of residue and other impurities, whilst controlling oil development. Additionally, aloe vera helps with hair growth and strengthens the roots to prevent hair loss. Overall, the properties of aloe vera make it an essential ingredient for healthy hair!
How-To: Combine 1 teaspoon of aloe vera gel with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to your shampoo. Apply mixture to your hair, leaving it for a few minutes before rinsing it off. You may store the mixture in the refrigerator for up to one week.
Yes, it is possible to use essential oils to treat an oily scalp. How ironic! The best essential oils to use for this treatment is coconut oil, almond oil and tea tree oil - which help nourish your scalp and hair.
How-To: Use 7-10 drops of almond oil and tea tree oil, 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, and apply the mixture whilst lightly massaging your scalp. Leave it on for an hour and shampoo thoroughly after. Make sure to leave no oil residue behind.
Yes, you can do more than just drink black tea for health benefits! Black tea contains tannic acid which helps tighten the pores in your scalp - preventing excessive oil secretion.
How-To: Boil 2 tablespoons of black tea leaves to a cup of water, drain the tea leaves and allow the mixture to cool to room temperature. Once it has cooled, apply the mixture to your scalp and hair, and leave it on for 5 minutes. Rinse it off, and wash your hair according to your own washing regime. Apply 2-3 times weekly!
Of course, reducing excessive oil secretion does not happen overnight. You know what they say, great things take time! However, there are certain ways you can speed up the process of reducing oily hair such as avoid over brushing, vigorous scratching or scrubbing of the scalp, use of hair gels or serums, and prolonged use of heat appliances on your hair. If these remedies are used on a weekly basis, your hair will be voluminous, shiny and full of life in no time! Let’s get to it!
Now tell us, what are your favourite natural remedies for oily hair?