9 Ways to Manage Oily Hair

No one likes the feeling of oily hair or scalp. People who have oily skin are usually prone to having a greasy scalp, with the possibility of scalp acne and pimples. Oily scalp is when overactive sebaceous glands produce excess oil. This excess oil attracts dirt and germs, which causes the scalp to itch.

Oily scalp is hereditary due to the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which can be reduced, but not eliminated. Poor hygiene and environmental factors like hot weather, humidity and pollution can contribute to an oily scalp as well.

However, you would also want to avoid stripping off all your oil. Your natural oils protect hair and are vital for a healthy scalp and lustrous hair. Here’s how to reduce the grease without damaging your hair or irritating your scalp.

1. Shampoo More Regularly

People with really oily hair may need to shampoo up to more than once a day. With the humid weather in Singapore, it is no surprise that you usually end up having a head of oily hair after a day’s work. Shampoo helps to remove the excess oil as well as any debris or leftover hair products from the scalp.

2. Use Shampoo Formulated for Oily Hair

A lot of thought and research has gone into making hair care products live up to their hype. If your shampoo isn’t cutting it, it is time to try a new shampoo that works better for you. Our Revitalizing Bath can help remove excess grease and leave your hair feeling refreshed after each use.

3. Shampooing The Right Way

Yes, you can wash your hair incorrectly and end up with an oily scalp and damaged hair. To properly wash your hair, gently work a small amount of shampoo into your scalp and roots. Avoid using your nails and creating unnecessary friction on the strands. Don’t apply shampoo directly to the ends of your hair or scrub them. Instead, simply let the shampoo flow through the ends as you rinse.

4. Rinse Properly

Spend more time in making sure you have all of the shampoo and conditioner rinsed out of your hair. This will contribute to a big difference in how your hair looks and feels after washing them. Products that are left behind can coat your hair, making it look and feel dirty or even leave you with an itchy scalp.

5. Be Gentle

Whether you’re washing, brushing, styling, or just scratching your head, it’s necessary to be extra gentle with your hair and scalp. Irritating your scalp by aggressively scratching can actually over-stimulate and cause your oil glands to produce even more oil.

6. Go Natural

Straightening irons and blow dryers can give you a smooth and sleek finish. But do you know that they can also make your hair look greasier? When possible, always let your hair air dry and embrace its natural texture. If you have it, always apply heat protectant like our Protein Hydra Mist to minimise the heat damage.

7. Clean Your Brush

Many of us are not aware but our brush is often dirty and tarnishes our freshly washed hair. Your brush can be full of styling products, oils, and general gunk that can make your locks dirty immediately after washing. Clean up your styling tools with a shampoo or gentle soap to strip off the build-up. Likewise, clean out all of the loose hair after each brushing to keep your brush clean.

8. Deep Cleanse with Scalp Treatment

Indulge in a scalp treatment and pamper yourself. It is best to go for regular maintenance rather than seeking solutions when you realised you have hair or scalp problems. Our customised treatments include ways to counter and remove excessive oil from your scalp, fights product build-up, soothes the scalp, and protects strands. After our treatment, you’ll be left with soft, healthy hair.

9. Stop Playing with It

Twirling, scratching, running fingers through your hair — the more you play with it, the worse it will look. Brushing and touching your hair frequently can stimulate the oil glands. It is also possible that you are drawing the excess oils down from the roots, or from your hands, into the strands.