I have oily hair. What can I do?

Oily hair, if you got it, you know the struggles of having to wash it every day and hearing all about why you shouldn’t. If you have this type of hair, you know what I’m talking about, trying multiple shampoos, using dry shampoos that are not the best idea for healthy hair, and the list gets longer. Now the trick is to learn to love our oily hair because we’ve got it under control. But let’s start at the beginning.

But why do we have oil hair? Well, it all comes down to the functioning of sebaceous glands in skin and hair. These glands produce and secrete and deposit sebum in hair roots. 

Why are some hair types greasier than others?

Sebum is necessary for our body because fat is responsible for avoiding dryness and protecting the skin from external aggressions. It is a good lubricant and hair protector. In the case of oily hair, the sebaceous glands are more active and produce more fat than normal. Some factors such as sex and age play a huge role in influencing how much sebum is produced. The excess of fat can leave hair feeling dirty and kind of meh. 

How to manage oily hair like a pro

We’ve got you covered, there are some tricks & tricks to help you

  • Don't overly rub your hair when cleaning: We recommend a gentle wash together with circular movements for one minute. By doing this you will activate blood circulation.
  • Don't over wash. The same happens with the frequency of washes; over washing causes more oil. Space out your washes more broadly by avoiding silicones and sulphates which will leave hair cleaner for longer!
  • Use a shampoo that regulates sebum production. This will leave your hair strong and voluminous. Invest in natural products, like rooibos tea or horse chestnut, that strengthen the root and improve the health of your hair in addition to being able to combat problems associated with seborrheic dermatitis.
  • Wash hair with warm water, to open the cuticle and allow the grease and product residues to be removed. Hot water will open the cuticle too much while cold water will not open the cuticle enough and won’t clean hair as deeply.
  • Use essential oils such as peppermint as it balances the scalp's pH Natural menthol has a great calming effect on the scalp, being especially helpful for those with more sensitive skin. Its cooling effect reduces irritation and redness which are common among those with oily hair.
  • Don't touch or play with your hair. It seems obvious but we just loooove doing it! 

Sulphate silicone free-shampoos 

  • Your best ally! A sulphate and silicones-free shampoo. Sulphates and silicones excessively dry the hair, reactivating the sebaceous glands and they can also be very irritating.  We get it, the use of silicone shampoos do make your hair feel soft and nice but that’s only externally, in the long run, silicones remain on the surface, preventing the scalp from breathing. A tip to avoid oily hair: Replace these synthetic surfactants with natural ingredients derived from coconut.
  • Use conditioner only when necessary. We recommend not using conditioner every time you wash your hair, especially if you have oily hair. Only Apply a dose of conditioner to wet hair focusing on the most dehydrated sections from the middle to the ends. Avoid as much as possible applying it to the root. And rinse with plenty of water.


The Haircare Detox Plan, is the perfect pack to clean your hair and provide a healthy finish.  What does this pack include? A natural shampoo and a repair conditioner free from sulphates and silicones, perfect for oily hair. These hair gems are formulated with natural ingredients made from coconut aloe vera and rooibos tea extracts, that allow your hair to stay cleaner for longer. 

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