Oily hair? Find out how to keep it cleaner longer
Does your hair get dirty easily? Do you need to wash it every day to look good? Do you notice it straight and matted? Do you end up carrying a rubber band or clip in your pocket to pick up your hair if you notice it is very dirty as the hours go by? We know what it's like to have greasy hair, we know the discomfort it causes and the feeling of constantly trying not to let others notice it, but don't worry because there is a solution!
The first thing to do is to know why your hair is greasy, and then understand much better the needs it has and how to take care of it; what is good for it, what is not... Maybe you are doing something that actually causes your hair to create more sebum (grease), have you ever thought about it? Let's analyze the situation in order to understand why your hair is greasy, here we go!
Why is my hair oily?
It all lies in the functioning of the sebaceous glands, which are found in the skin and also in the hair. In the case of hair, these glands produce, secrete and deposit sebum in the capillaries. The sebum accumulated in the scalp is produced naturally by lipids, waxes and fats, with oily properties.
This sebum is necessary for our body, as it prevents dryness and protects the skin from external aggressions. It is a good lubricant and hair protector. But in the case of greasy hair, these sebaceous glands are more active and can produce more oil than normal. There are some factors involved such as gender, age, hormonal aspects such as high testosterone levels, lack of vitamin B, stress, tobacco and alcohol consumption, an unbalanced diet, pharmacological treatments or the use of inadequate hair products.
Whatever the origin, the consequence is that this excess oil generated by our sebaceous glands can dirty our scalp, leaving our hair shinier, greasier and with a more straight and matted appearance. There are also cases in which this excess oil produces itching, irritation and inflammation. Although, the most common is that "dirty hair" feeling, which is not usually pleasant for people with oily hair. That said, let's see what we can do to improve it!
How can I reduce the excess oil in my hair and make it last cleaner for longer?
There are several things you can consider and actions you can take today! to reduce excess oil and keep your hair cleaner for longer. Here are 5 tips you can start applying now:
1- Avoid sulfates and silicones in your shampoo.
Sulfates aggressively cleanse the hair, taking away the natural oils our hair needs, forcing the sebaceous glands to produce more sebum. A less aggressive alternative can be to replace sulfates with natural surfactants derived from vegetable oils, which clean deeply, from the roots, without unbalancing the functioning of our sebaceous glands.
Silicones, on the other hand, are responsible for giving the hair that soft and silky look, but in a momentary and superficial way, what they really do is remain deposited on the hair as a residue, without allowing it to breathe or function properly.
Therefore, to achieve a correct cleansing, the best option for this type of hair is a natural shampoo without sulfates or silicones, which regulates sebaceous secretion and is specifically formulated for oily hair.
2- Discover the natural ingredients that control excess sebum
Extracts of sage, pine, white nettle and horse chestnut have effective properties to reduce excess sebum and thus improve oily hair. In addition, the natural menthol extracted from peppermint essential oil...yeah, yeah...yeah, we know, you may be thinking; "wait a minute, oil for oily hair?", yes, although it may surprise you, it has a great soothing effect, ideal for the most sensitive and irritated scalps, since this excess sebum, as we mentioned before, can cause itching, irritation and inflammation, but that's not all, it also provides a pleasant cooling effect, so necessary for oily hair!
3- Do not rub the hair excessively and wash it with lukewarm water
We recommend a gentle wash accompanied by circular movements for one minute, this will activate the circulation! But also, pay attention to the temperature of the water, wash with warm water, it will help to open the cuticle. This will help to open up the cuticle, allowing grease and product residues to be removed. Hot water, on the other hand, will open the cuticle too much and damage your hair, and cold water will not clean the hair thoroughly, so warm water is the best choice!
4- The more you wash your hair, the more grease it generates
We know that as soon as you see the first signs of grease in your hair you feel like running to the shower and washing it, but in reality, in the long run, that's not the solution. And even less so with shampoos formulated with sulfates and silicones that, as we said before, end up causing our sebaceous glands to generate more sebum (oil), it's a vicious circle that you can't get out of. Therefore our recommendation is that you space out your washes avoiding silicones and sulfates, and little by little you will see that your hair will last longer clean Try it!
5- Don't constantly touch your hair
This gesture dirties your hair faster, our hands are full of bacteria, residues and oils that we can deposit in our hair when we touch it. We know that sometimes you can't avoid it, but if you start keeping this in mind you will notice a great improvement.
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But wait...you thought we were done? that's not all. You already have the information, you know why your hair is oily and how you can improve it but...there's something you're wondering that we haven't solved for you, "the products on the market don't work for me or don't have the natural ingredients you've discussed in this article? what can I do?" We have the solution! Discover the power of natural technology with the Vibrant Energy Hair Balancing Plan, shampoo, conditioner and mask for oily hair. These 3 products will bring your hair back to life, keeping it clean and hydrated for longer. Their secret? A cocktail of specific natural active ingredients to cleanse and care for your hair, such as extracts of sage, pine, white nettle and horse chestnut. More cleanliness with less washing!
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