“I wash my hair every day because it becomes excessively oily.” This phrase is probably familiar to you, whether you’ve heard it from someone or said it yourself. Oily hair is a natural phenomenon for everyone. However, when oiliness becomes excessive, making us feel that no matter how frequently we wash, our hair quickly turns oily and appears “dirty,” it then becomes an issue.
So, what leads to increased oiliness?
The contributing factors to this dermatological concern are diverse. They can include genetic and hormonal influences, as well as dietary choices, stress levels, washing frequency and methods, and even weather conditions. Let’s examine these factors in detail.
- Genetic Factors: Some people’s sebaceous glands naturally produce more sebum, resulting in oiliness, while others produce less, leading to dry hair.
- Hormonal Changes: Variations in hormone levels can affect sebum production. Increased oiliness can occur during certain phases of the menstrual cycle or menopause.
- Diet: A diet high in sugar and fats can contribute to greater oil production in the scalp.
- Stress: High stress prompts our body to release cortisol, which can stimulate the sebaceous glands to produce more sebum.
- Washing Habits: Contrary to what you might think, frequent washing can exacerbate oiliness. Washing strips the scalp of oil, prompting it to produce more sebum to compensate. Overwashing can therefore signal the glands to increase oil production, leading to oil accumulation.
- Hair Care Products: Regular use of synthetic styling or care products can leave residue that disrupts the scalp’s natural pH balance. Therefore, the techniques used to wash your hair and the methods followed to restore its health are vital.
- Washing Technique: The effectiveness of your washing method in cleaning the scalp could be insufficient. A thorough cleanse is required to remove both the products and the oils produced by your scalp.
Here are some tips to consider:
- Select a shampoo free from SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) to clean the scalp gently without removing natural oils, which could otherwise promote sebum overproduction.
- Massage your scalp with your fingertips to help the product penetrate and cleanse the pores and hair follicles effectively.
CP Tip: Clean your comb regularly to prevent the transfer of accumulated styling product residue and impurities back into your hair.
Nourish your scalp and hair with CP Herbalist Oils, containing select herbs and natural ingredients that support scalp and hair health.
Oils such as argan, cedarwood, thyme, jojoba, lemongrass, castor, and tea-tree oil are present in products like CP Hair Oil Shine and CP Hair Oil Elixir. These oils have anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and antioxidant properties, addressing conditions like seborrheic dermatitis, dandruff, and psoriasis, and fostering a healthy environment for stronger, shinier hair. Regular use, based on personal experiences, can achieve a balanced scalp pH, reduce oiliness, and enhance hair health, keeping hair clean and shiny for longer while also promoting healthy growth.
CP Note: These oils are suitable for all hair types, and contrary to popular belief, can decrease oiliness by balancing pH and maintaining scalp health.
Incorporation into Your Routine:
Use the oils as a hair mask several times a week. Apply from the scalp to the ends, massaging gently, and allow the oils to work for at least an hour or overnight before rinsing thoroughly as earlier mentioned.