Choosing the Right Shampoo for Oily Hair
Oily hair is a result of excessive sebum production due to stress, hormonal imbalances, or harsh hair care practices that irritate the scalp. Therefore, a special shampoo for oily hair is ideal for regulating sebum, although other shampoos can also be used.
Active Ingredients in Special Shampoos for Oily Hair
In the market, you will find many shampoos specifically designed for oily hair. The effectiveness of these shampoos lies in their active ingredients that regulate sebum production.
Active ingredients include:
- Nettle extracts
- Apple cider
These shampoos should ideally be used only once or twice a week. Why? Because excessive pressure on the scalp can lead to increased sebum production instead of reducing it.
Tip: You can also apply a clay mask to the roots once a week before shampooing.
Other Shampoos to Regulate Excess Sebum
As an alternative or between washes with a shampoo for oily hair, you can also use a simple shampoo with a neutral pH (pH 7). Very gentle, it does not attack the scalp and reduces acidity, promoting sebum production.
Therefore, it can be used more frequently than shampoos for oily hair, even every day if desired, taking necessary precautions not to overstimulate the sebaceous glands.
Another interesting option is dry shampoos that regulate sebum, especially those with nettle extract. Convenient, they allow you to space out washes while limiting sebum production.
Note: For oily hair, it might be tempting to use an ultra-gentle baby shampoo, but it's a bad idea. While perfect for moisturizing children's delicate skin, these shampoos are too oily for adults and risk increasing sebum production.
How to Use Shampoo for Oily or Neutral Hair?
Before applying shampoo for oily hair or another liquid shampoo, it is recommended to briefly massage the scalp with fingertips to activate microcirculation—about 30 seconds is sufficient.
Then apply small amounts of shampoo without rubbing too much, avoiding the use of nails!
Moreover, it is better to avoid prolonged exposure. Rinse directly with warm water after washing (hot water weakens the hair), if possible, finish with very cold water to make the hair shine.
Do not repeat the shampoo; go straight to drying.
How to Dry Oily Hair?
You need to be very gentle when drying and brushing your hair. You can start by patting the hair lightly with a towel (especially without friction) before using a hairdryer.
Set the dryer to the lowest temperature and keep it away from the scalp, moving quickly.
Finally, brush the hair gently: forget metal combs and generally all hairdressing tools with very tight teeth. Instead, prefer plastic or horn combs with well-rounded teeth.
Which Shampoo to Use for Oily Roots and Dry Ends?
When the roots are oily but the ends are dry, it's called combination hair. In this case, you can choose to use a shampoo with a neutral pH or a shampoo specifically for "oily roots and dry ends."
Additionally, you can apply various complementary treatments, such as masks that regulate sebum only at the roots (clay mask before shampooing, once or twice a week, for example) and nourishing treatments only on the lengths and ends (serum for dry ends, moisturizing mask with aloe vera gel, etc).