While dry shampoo and a slicked-back hairstyle can mask the signs of oily hair, nobody wants to deal with oily hair and an oily scalp on a daily basis. We are here to help explain some of the underlying causes of oily hair and recommend the best haircare products for oily hair.
Why is my hair oily?
Oily hair is often caused by an overproduction of sebum. Sebum is a substance produced by your body's sebaceous glands to help moisturise and protect your hair and skin. However, when it is overproduced, it can become uncomfortable.
There are a number of common reasons your sebaceous glands may start to overwork. For example:
- Hair care products
- Excessive stress
- Hormonal fluctuations
- Seasonal changes
- Scalp issues
We might not be able to solve all of these problems for you, however, there are two things can definitely help you tackle oily hair!
Hair care products for oily hair
It may sound a little counter-intuitive, but the hair care products you are using may be the number one cause for oily hair.
We get it, your hair is oily, and you want a thorough cleanser to remove the oils and give you that squeaky-clean, oil-free feeling. There’s just one catch, often these shampoos contain harsh surfactants such as sodium lauryl sulfate. This ingredient creates clouds of cleansing foam that leave your hair feeling fresh and clean.
Unfortunately, that squeaky-clean feel actually works against grease-free hair in the long term. Using these harsh ingredients creates a vicious cycle of stripping hair of its natural oils causing your scalp to overproduce oil in an attempt to re-balance your oil levels.
“Moisturizing” or “anti-frizz” shampoo
While these kinds of shampoo are good for tackling dry or frizzy hair, they often contain heavy ingredients designed to create a fine coating on the hair, exactly what we want to avoid if your hair is already a little oily.
Honey Infused Hair Wash
Enter the Honey Infused Hair Wash. This nourishing shampoo is enriched with Mirsalehi Honey from the Mirsalehi Bee Garden, formulated to gently yet effectively cleanse hair and relieve the scalp from buildup. It is sulfate- and paraben-free, meaning it will not strip the hair of its natural oils. This product has been formulated to accommodate all hair types, meaning it will not weigh down your hair.
“For dry or damaged hair”
Similar to shampoo, conditioners designed for dry, damaged or frizzy hair will most likely be too heavy for oilier hair types. Opt for lightweight conditioners that won’t weigh your hair down.
Honey Infused Conditioner
This is a nourishing weightless conditioner, enriched with Mirsalehi Honey from the Mirsalehi Bee Garden, formulated to effectively yet gently detangle and condition hair, leaving it hydrated, manageable and strong without weighing your hair down.
Washing tips for oily hair
Not only are your hair care products important, but the way you use them also plays a role in the state of your hair. Below we will provide you with a few of our top washing tips.
Extend the time between washes
We know it’s tough, but your hair will thank you in the long run. As we mentioned before, stripping your hair by washing it daily can cure those sebaceous glands to produce more oil.
If you’re a daily washer, try washing every second day for two weeks, and then every third day for two weeks and so on. This way you can slowly adjust to fewer wash days. You can opt for a dry shampoo to help you through the transition.
- Soak your hair: Make sure your hair is soaked before applying the shampoo - this is important as it will help you easily distribute the product throughout your hair.
- Less is more: apply 2 to 3 pumps of the Honey Infused Hair Wash into the palms of your hands, mixing with a small amount of water. Rub the palms together to create a gentle lather. Keep in mind that this product won’t create huge clouds of foam — this doesn’t mean you need more!
- Focus on your scalp: once you’ve lathered the product, focus it on your scalp and take 2 to 3 minutes to gently massage the product in. Giving it this time will allow it to effectively break down oils.
- Rinse and repeat: for oilier hair types, we recommend a rinse and repeat to really lift the oil and product out of your hair.
- Rinse, rinse, rinse: this is super important, as leaving any of the product on the hair may leave it feeling heavy and weighed down.
- Condition: once you’ve rinsed, seal the cuticle and lock in moisture with the Honey Infused Conditioner, the perfect partner to the Honey Infused Hair Wash. Focus the conditioner on the mid-lengths to the ends of your hair and avoid the root area. Leave the product to soak for 1 to 2 minutes before rinsing with cool water.
Scalp issues: the root cause of oily hair
An oily scalp may be a telltale sign that you have scalp issues. These issues are often caused by an unbalanced scalp microbiome.
Unbalanced scalp microbiome
The scalp is made up of oil and sweat glands and a community of natural bacteria and diverse microorganisms: the microbiome. If the scalp microbiome becomes unbalanced, the scalp can become irritated and be more prone to oiliness.
Honey Infused Scalp Treatment
Rise & Shine post-treatment to cleanse the scalp and hair:
To help build and rejuvenate your scalp, we recommend the perfect nighttime and morning routine with the Honey Infused Scalp Treatment including the Honey Infused Hair Wash and Conditioner.
The best way to use these products together is to first apply the Honey Infused Scalp Treatment at nighttime on dry hair directly on the scalp, then apply a small amount directly onto the scalp in 1” (3cm) sections from the hairline to the crown. Gently massage in with fingertips for 5 minutes to distribute and allow the active ingredients to absorb. Leave it overnight to work its magic and don’t rinse.
In the morning you can wash and cleanse your scalp with our Honey Infused Hair Wash, and lock in moisture with the Honey Infused Conditioner.
Oily locks can be very frustrating, but don’t give up just yet! A combination of a healthy lifestyle and the right products are the tools to rebalance your scalp and slowly reduce oil production.
By Mana, Gisou Beauty Advisor