From thick to fine, dry to oily… Being able to determine your hair type (dry, normal, oily) can be a little complicated. Below is a brief look at different hair types and how to identify them.
Inactive oil glands lead to dry hair. If you have dry skin, it most likely that you have dry hair. Dry hair has split ends and excessive hair breakage and loss.
You are lucky if you have this type of hair. Proper pH, healthy, and shiny hair come in conjunction with this type of hair. This is the most uncommon hair type to have. Take regular precautions to clean and protect it from sun damage and you’ll never face a lot of troubles with this hair type. Normal hair is healthy with minimal hair loss and minimal dandruff.
It is common for those with oily skin to have oily hair. Oily skin results in an oily scalp and if your scalp is oily, your hair will automatically become oily. This is due to excess secretion of oil. This type of hair looks dull and lifeless most of the time. Excess oil secretion leads to dandruff, which leads to lot of hair fall.
Main Reasons that Cause Oily Hair
Although there many specific circumstances, greasy hair can be caused by:
- Normal hair without genetic predisposition towards greasiness that’s treated with the wrong hair products.
- Genetic predisposition towards greasy scalp that migrates through the hair.
- Lack of hair cleansing or consistent and regular hair cleansing which results in a build-up of toxins and other substances resulting in greasy strands.
- Oily hair routines such as excess scrubbing during shampooing and too many washes.
- Cheap products with excessive chemicals may cause Oiliness.
- Increased hormones during puberty are often to blame for excess oil in the hair.
1. Pay Attention to What You Eat
Have you got greasy hair? Your diet might be the cause of your overactive sebaceous glands. Proper nutrition can quickly get rid of chronic’ greasy hair. First, you should eat plenty of foods rich in Vitamins B. B vitamins, especially Vitamin B6 and Vitamin B2, help combat greasy hair by regulating sebum production.
You should also watch out for fats. This is because a high dietary fat increases oil on the skin that can lead to greasy hair. However, it is vital not to completely eliminate all fats from your diet. Essential fatty acids such as those found in nuts, fatty fish, and seeds are necessary for a proper functioning body. Moreover, for a healthy hair, make sure you drink enough water and don’t drink alcohol.
2. Use Vitamins and Nutritional Supplements
As stated above, food rich in vitamins can swiftly get rid of oily hair.
Sunflower seeds are a great source of both vitamin B2 and B6. Fish, red meat, beans, and poultry are rich in the vitamins above.
Moreover, you should take supplements with Vitamins A and D. These supplements help limit sebum production. To ensure you do not overdo the amount, it is important to check in with your doctor before supplementing with Vitamin A and D or before beginning a supplementation regimen.
3. Choose the Right Shampoo
Make sure you find the right shampoo that is intended for greasy or oily hair. The most effective shampoos tend to include sulfates that are infamous in some circles for the damage they can cause to your hair. If the shampoo swings your hair too far in the damaged direction, try switching to a sulfate-free product. Avoid products which advertise “added shine”, as that added shine is caused by oily ingredients.
4. Take Care of Your Hair and Use Natural Masks
Moreover, you should take utmost care of your hair. Always keep it neat and tidy to get rid of greasy hair. One way to make sure your hair is well-taken care off is by using an egg yolk hair mask. Egg yolk has a high sulfur content that can help relieve greasy hair symptoms and dandruff. Egg yolk also contains protein and lecithin, which helps strengthen your hair while providing it with a shinier and softer appearance.
- Mix the egg yolk with olive oil, tea tree oil or honey, apply to dry hair.
- Leave on for about five to twenty minutes
- Wash your hair thoroughly and rinse well
You might also consider applying a clay hair mask. You just have to find clay sold as a beauty product, then mix in water and form a paste that is half solid, half liquid. Working in small sections, coat slightly damp hair with the clay. Cover in a plastic bag or a plastic wrap, and rinse out after 5 to 30 minutes. Try the rhassoul clay or bentonite clay.
5. Wash your Hair Less than Four Times a Week
Make sure you wash your hair just a few times a week. Over washing of hair actually irritates the hair follicle and increases oil production. The more you wash your hair, the more you are stripping the hair of its natural oils. The scalp reacts by producing more, and you are stuck in a never ending cycle. You might need to wash your hair less often if it is extra-curly. When you wash your hair for at most four times a week, the amounts of oils produced in your hair will reduce.
6. Do Not Use a Blow Dryer
You might also like to consider not using a blow dryer. This is because your forehead is an oily skin zone, so your hair will absorb the oils from your skin. Instead of blow drying your hair, clip your hair off your face and let it dry naturally. You can also wear your hair with the front clipped back in a quiff when it is dry. If you need to style your hair, use a hair straightening brush for styling your hair instead of a blow dryer.
7. Eliminate the Habit of Touching your Hair and Don’t Put it in a Ponytail
Rest the temptation to play with your hair, because all you’re doing is making things worse! Your fingers do have natural oils and you can hold onto grease from food. If your form a habit of touching your hair, you’re just spreading that oil around. Moreover, tight ponytails may cause your hair to pull from the scalp and damage the follicle in the process.