Let us get the bad news out of the way first: Oily hair is hereditary. Now to the good news! There are easy remedies. Usually, only the scalp is too oily while the rest of the hair is relatively unaffected.
Oily hair remedies need to work like blotting paper. Dry shampoos are quite good at blotting away the sebum. Simply spray a moderate amount of dry shampoo into your hair near the roots. You should spray from a distance of about 30 cm. Massage the dry shampoo into your scalp and allow it to work for two minutes. Then brush your hair thoroughly to remove all dry shampoo. The dry shampoo binds some of the sebum so that your hair no longer sticks to your scalp. As a result, your hair shows a livelier bounce.
Staying Power (Bounce) for Oily Hair
Oily hair is limp and flat. However, you can give it more volume and bounce by keeping it from sticking to the scalp. Styling mousse or styling sprays give your oily hair such a lift away from the scalp. Both contain conditioners as well as resins to support the hair structure. The small amount of alcohol in these styling aids also slightly degreases the scalp. Please remember to apply the styling products only to your hair near the roots. In most instances, the rest of your hair does not need to be degreased. Fringes or bangs tend to look oily before the rest of the hair does. In case you wear fringes, you should slightly tease them to keep them at a safe distance from the oily scalp.
Oily Hair Looks Better Clean
Rinsing hair thoroughly after washing or conditioning is always a good idea but it is especially important for oily hair. Residue from hair care products in combination with hard water residue is going to weigh down hair even more. The result is limp, lifeless hair. As a general rule, rinse out conditioners and hair treatments twice as long as you apply the product to your hair. Rinse out hair cures and masks thoroughly with water, which should not be too cool. Your hair should be literally 'squeaky clean' after a shampoo. Also give your styling devices a second look. They should be clean and free of entrapped sebum, conditioners or styling products, which could leave your hair limb and stringy. Brushes and combs need a weekly cleansing bath in shampoo. Soak a cotton ball in washing alcohol before you use it to clean the smooth surfaces of curling and flat irons.
Light Care for Oily Hair
The daily shampoo is probably a necessity for your oily hair. Be sure to use a special shampoo for oily hair. Such shampoos are as effective in the removal of all residues from your hair as they are gentle in the treatment of your scalp. If your hair is long and you like to use a conditioner you should apply it only to the very ends of your hair. Conditioners near the hair roots would only add to the oily hair problems. Avoid weighing down your hair with conditioners. We especially recommend light leave-in products. Still, even those leave-in products should be applied to the hair ends only. Also avoid weighing down your hair by using oily styling products like wax, gel or styling crème. Use a hair brush with natural bristles, such as boar bristles. They are especially suitable for all styling and untangling purposes. Different from plastic bristles, natural bristles can even absorb some of the excessive sebum from your scalp and hair.