India during summers, is a sweltering steamy cauldron of hair worries. And if you have naturally oily scalp or hair, it only gets worse. The greasy ‘summer buildup’ on the scalp can be super itchy and, of course, annoying.
The good news? We’ve got you covered. With this handy little guide to having your hair live its best life. Yes, even oily hair.
Effective hair and scalp maintenance begins with selecting a shampoo that is appropriate for your hair type and needs.
If oily hair is the bane of your existence, remember to look for a shampoo that ticks some important boxes.
For generally healthy and bouncy hair, a regular hair wash for oily hair should do. Look out for ingredients such as lemon and aloe vera for fresh clean hair that’s dandruff-free.
But don’t settle for a product that merely hides the problem temporarily. Rather, hold out for something that provides a long-term solution to the problem.
Look for products with labels that say ‘greasy hair’,’oil control’, ‘volumizing’ or ‘clarifying’.
And absolutely do stay away from products that promise to be moisturising, smoothing, or heavily conditioning - your oily hair wants moisture, but not any old moisture - trust us on this.
Don't always opt for the cheapest alternative; in the world of hair, you get only what you pay for. And the cost of cheaper products may be expensive on your hair.
But that doesn't mean you burn a hole in your pocket to do right by your hair. An activated charcoal shampoo or one with tea tree oil can keep your scalp fresh and free of impurities, without cleaning out your wallet in the bargain .
As a matter of fact, some of the best shampoos for oily hair are priced well within reach.
It helps to take the time to become familiar with how shampoo bottles are labelled. For instance, the ingredients are listed in descending order of concentration. So if you are looking for a specific ingredient, look for not just if it appears on the label, but also how far up or down the list it is mentioned.
Get that PhD in pH
A critical factor in hair health is the pH balance of the product. It is therefore critical for you to know exactly how to maintain your scalp pH. Any oily hair shampoo you opt for, must clearly mention ‘pH balanced for skin and hair’.
Using a shampoo that is not properly balanced can not only rob your scalp of its natural oils, but will also stimulate your scalp to generate extra oil to compensate for the stripping.
That's a double tragedy that you don't want to be a victim of. In order to be effective, a shampoo's pH range should be between 4.5 and 5.5, which corresponds to the pH of hair and skin.
In addition to regulating pH levels, the shampoo should be effective in lowering sebum secretion thresholds without causing damage to your scalp or hair when used on a regular basis.
To avoid this, use a shampoo that is free of sulphates, and instead contains oils from natural sources like tea tree, activated charcoal, and lemon. The best shampoo for oily hair should have UV-inhibitors derived from these natural essential oils in order to safeguard your scalp and hair from sun damage, while also maintaining it in good condition.
While shampoos are designed to rid your hair and scalp of excess oil, grime, and hair products, among other things, as a general rule of thumb, you should choose a shampoo based on the state of your hair and scalp.
If you have excessively oily hair, using a cleansing shampoo and conditioner on a weekly basis might be beneficial to you, as long as it has a pH balance between 4.5 to 5.5.
More often than not, using the wrong product exacerbates rather than controls problems like overly oily hair.
But now that you know what to look for, go out there and find the product that is perfect for you - and makes your hair smooth, clean, and attractive.
No one likes an oil slick
Here’s what to do for hair and scalp that’s free of excess oil-
At least three times a week is recommended. If your hair is thin or fine, wash more often, as this type tends to be oilier than others. But for curly hair, 2 to 3 times per week is usually enough.
Was after a workout
After exercising or working out, shampoo your hair using an oily scalp shampoo to prevent perspiration from spreading oil down the hair shafts.
Avoid over-brushing or excessive rubbing of your scalp. This may distribute sticky scalp oils and cause hairs to clump together, making your hair seem lank and dirty.
Stick to non-greasy
Only use care and styling products that are non-greasy.
At haeal.com, we have a range of natural, Ayurveda-inspired shampoos and conditioners to choose from. Use them regularly and you’ll notice shinier, healthier hair in a matter of weeks!