When it comes to how oily your scalp is and how dry your roots are, there are plenty of options available today to help you attain that optimal balance. Although heredity is thought to be the primary dictator of each person's respective oiliness or dryness woes, appreciating the effect that daily haircare decisions have on your hair--and understanding the impact that less obviously-haircare-related choices have for your hair--is key.
"Dandruff commonly co-exists with an oily scalp. If you are dealing with dandruff, there are several dandruff shampoos available that should be appropriate for you.
" Don't hesitate to step away from your usual brands if they're no longer getting the job done for you at any point during this process; many find that proper management of their hair requires occasionally, or even routinely, shaking up their shampoo status quo.
Select the right conditioner. Although effective 2-in-1 products do exist, use of both shampoo and conditioner is recommended to properly care for your hair. Dealing with both ends of the spectrum (both an oily scalp and dry roots) will be much easier for you when you're able to separately change the amount of shampoo that you use and the amount of conditioner that you use.Determine how regularly you should wash. This will vary depending on your hair's thickness, coarseness, and curliness, among other qualities, but every head needs to be rid of the dead skin, dirt, and oils it accumulates. Regularly may mean twice a week, daily, or even every other week. If your scalp is too oily, though, this is because the sebum--that is, the oils and dead skin--that your scalp is producing is not being washed away at proper intervals.Wash your hair.
Thoroughly dampen your hair in the shower, then squeeze about a half an inch to an inch (in diameter) of shampoo into your hand. The actual amount will vary depending on the length of your hair. Your shampooing technique should be similar to a gentle scalp massage, followed by thorough rinsing. Condition freely. Conditioner should be regularly applied after washing out the shampoo, and followed by another rinse. While the amount of shampoo you use should be very carefully doled out, conditioner can be applied much more liberally to dry hair.
Comb your hair when it's dry. Combing or brushing your hair distributes its natural oils evenly, which will help combat your oily-scalp-but-dry-roots situation. Brushing while it's dry is preferable to brushing it right when you exit the shower; hair is more elastic when it is wet, and breakages can more easily occur during this time.
Massage your scalp. It's part of proper shampooing technique, and it's helpful outside the shower as well. Gentle massage stimulates hair follicles and improves blood flow, generating more of the oils essential to keep your hair healthy.
Mix aloe vera into your shampoo. A few drops are sufficient for this mixture, which you can then use as you would regular shampoo. Many conditioners in the market also include aloe as an ingredient to treat dried-out hair.
Whisk up an egg yolk conditioner. There are plenty of different recipes to be found, but a basic one employs two egg yolks, beaten well, with two tablespoons of olive or coconut oil.
" After beating the two egg yolks together with the oil, apply it to your hair and let it sit for five minutes.
" Wash your hair thoroughly so that no residue remains.
" Utilize instead of shampoo according to your wash schedule, alternating egg washes with regular cleanings.
" Dab witch hazel on your head with a cotton ball. The oil will tighten up your blood vessels and act as an astringent, drying out your scalp, so take care to use this more on your scalp than your dry hair.
" Hereditary factors are not alone in deciding the state of your scalp. Deficiencies of riboflavin and vitamin B12 specifically have been shown to have a hand in an oily scalp. Seek out supplements if you're unable to incorporate foods that are richer in these into your diet.
" Dairy, dark green leafy vegetables, and whole grains provide riboflavin.
" Meat, poultry, eggs, fish, milk, and cheese are excellent sources of vitamin B12.
" Change your care with your environment. Humidity can cause scalps to be oilier than usual, in which case you may need to abstain from products, or perhaps even rinse your hair more often. Summer months can over-moisturize hair, whereas winter months will require diligent conditioning to keep your dry roots from getting even drier.
" When you know you'll be out under the hot, midday sun for any considerable period of time, consider hats or scarves to protect your hair from its moisture-thieving rays.