Limp and oily hair is a challenge to deal with. No matter how many times you wash it, it still lacks body. What causes this annoying problem? Oily hair is caused by overactive glands in the scalp that produce too much of a fatty substance called sebum.

Brushing the hair or rubbing the scalp causes excess sebum from the scalp to be pulled down onto the hair strands – making them look limp and greasy. On the plus side, sebum protects the hair and gives it moisture and shine. It’s only when there’s too much that oily, limp hair becomes a problem. What’s the best way to deal with oily hair?

Limp and Oily Hair Needs the Right Hair Care Products

Dealing with oily hair starts with choosing the right hair care products. Select a shampoo designed specifically for oily hair since it will be most effective at removing excess sebum. Most shampoos for oily hair are deep cleansing which is good for the scalp where most of the oil is concentrated, but may be too harsh for the ends where the hair is drier. Avoid choosing a shampoo that’s strongly detergent based. Most people with oily hair also need a clarifying shampoo to use once a week to remove build-up from hair products.

Does Oily Hair Need a Conditioner?

People with oily hair need a conditioner, but, in most cases, it’s best to use it only on the ends of the hair since most conditioners weigh hair down and make it look oilier. Choose a light conditioner that’s designed for oily hair and stay away from leave-in conditioners that weigh hair down. Limp, fine hair that’s oily may not need a conditioner at all if the hair is cut short.

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How to Wash Oily and Limp Hair Properly

People with oily hair may have to shampoo more than once to remove excess oil and sebum. The way to gauge this is to shampoo one time and gauge the response. If a good lather was easy to achieve, one shampoo may be enough. If it was hard to work up a lot of suds, there’s excessive amounts of sebum present and a second shampooing may be necessary.

Don’t rub the scalp too aggressively when shampooing since this can stimulate sebum production. Try to concentrate the shampoo mostly around the scalp since repeated shampooing can dry out the ends of hair. Use a clarifying shampoo in place of regular shampoo once a week.

What About Conditioning?

Conditioner should be applied only to drier areas such as the ends. Putting conditioner on the scalp will only make hair look limp.

Other Tips for Dealing With Oily Hair

Resist the urge to brush oily, limp hair too much since this can stimulate more sebum production and brushing distributes it all the way down to the ends. Try to shampoo only when hair becomes obviously limp and oily since frequent shampooing and scalp stimulation can cause scalp glands to produce more oil. Consider using a dilute lemon juice or vinegar rinse after shampooing and conditioning if hair is excessively oily. To add more body, use hot rollers or a curling iron to add volume and reduce oily hair’s natural tendency to go limp.

The Bottom Line?

When cared for properly, oily hair doesn’t have to be a burden. Try giving it a little TLC and see how beautiful it can look!

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