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How to shampoo when having oily hair

Oily hair!
(16 Mar 2009)

Oily hair is a problem that is not very common - most people have the opposite problem, namely dry hair. In a way, it is much better to have oily hair than dry hair. With oily hair, the main problem is that your hair tends to look flat and limp. With dry hair, on the other hand, hair can become frizzy and very difficult to manage, and it can also get damaged.

Still, there is no doubt that oily hair can be a problem too. Fortunately, oily hair is usually a lot easier to handle than dry hair. First of all, the most obvious solution is to shampoo your hair more frequently. Shampooing gets rid of the oil from the scalp, and you may find that daily shampooing solves the problem completely. Be sure to work the shampoo into your hair and scalp properly with your fingers. Do not massage your scalp vigorously as this will excite the sebaceous glands in your scalp, and they will produce even more sebum. Leave the shampoo on for three to five minutes; many people make the mistake of washing off the shampoo too soon, within just a minute or two. You can even try shampooing twice each time you wash your hair. However, note that in some cases, the resulting temporary dryness may prompt your scalp to produce still more oil, thus worsening the problem. If you find that this is happening, then you should slightly reduce the frequency of shampooing.

Also avoid using conditioner - the oil that is produced by your scalp is itself a natural conditioner, and you have no need for an additional conditioner. If you are currently using a conditioner, simply stopping its use will go a great way towards solving your problem.

In addition to this, you can use some home remedies to get rid of the excess oil. One excellent home remedy is egg mixed with a little lemon juice. Egg by itself simply works as a conditioner, but the lemon juice helps to get rid of the excess oil. Vinegar is also useful in a similar way, but do not use it too often, and remember to always dilute it before applying it to your scalp. A teaspoon of vinegar in one mug of water should be enough; you can use this solution to rinse your hair once, after you have finished washing it.

Apart from this, you can also get a haircut that suits your hair type. This can give your hair more volume and bounce.

answered by G D on 16 Mar 2009, 9:23:35


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