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Preventing Oily Hair

I have some clients that feel they have an ongoing battle with their greasy hair. They wash it, style it, and it's greasy the next day, or even that same day! It may take a few weeks to naturally solve the problem, but believe me, there are also ways to see overnight results, because no one wants to deal with greasy hair.
Shampowder™ dry shampoo
Aveda Rosemary & Mint Purifying Shampoo

1.) Skip the shampoo.

 If you've been reading my pages then you should already know how I feel about over-shampooing your hair- it strips your scalp of its natural oils, causing it to overproduce sebum. If you find that your daily or even every-other-day routine still yields greasy-looking locks the next day, you may want to scale it back a bit. Keep in mind, your hair will have an adjustment period, so give it a couple of weeks and see if it helps your hair look fresh. Dry shampoo can help for those in-between days, but as with all products, you should try a few different ones to see which works for you.  


2.) Apply your shampoo and conditioner the right way. 

This seems like a no-brainer, right? However, if you’re in the habit of piling on the lather or rinsing too quickly, you may not be giving your hair the TLC it needs. Make sure to scrub your shampoo into your scalp so it cleanses properly, and rinse thoroughly. And if you don’t already, Remember: Don't condition your roots!  Shampoo for the scalp, Conditioner for the hair.

3.) Have a healthy diet. 

What you eat can have just as much of an effect on your hair as it does on your skin and overall health. Eating a diet full of nutrients like OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS, BIOTIN, AND VITAMIN A all play an integral role in promoting scalp health. 

4.) Use a clarifying shampoo or rinse. 

Constantly having products in your hair means using all sorts of different chemicals that will build up overtime. Having buildup means your shampoo will have to work harder each time you wash, resulting in the dirty look—aka greasy hair. While it is not necessarily true that your hair “gets used to” certain shampoo and stops working, replacing your routine product with a clarifying shampoo once a week can get rid of residue and help your normal shampoo do its job again. 

5. Know your hair. 

Lots of changes—including external factors like the weather or being in a new setting, and internal factors such as hormones, can affect our hair and the way we produce oils. If you keep track of factors that may cause your hair to be oily – like knowing how often to do a rinse or which products to avoid – you can better take measures to prevent it.


My last piece of advice.... Stop touching your hair! Most people do not realize how much they run their hands through their hair. The oils from your hands will rub off on your hair, making it greasy within even an hour or two. Especially if you are sweating, on your hands, or on your head.

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