Ever feel like you could walk out into the warm sunshine and practically fry an egg on top of your head because your hair is so oily? I feel your pain girl, so I have created 5 tips below that have been tried and tested to reduce the oil build up on your scalp. Some of these might sound crazy but trust me they work!
1. The bicarb soda method. Bicarb soda (or baking soda) isn’t just great for making cakes rise. It actually helps balance the pH levels on your scalp so that it produces less oil. How to use: combine baking soda with enough water to create a paste that’s easy to spread. Apply to the scalp and hair. Leave on for up to 10 minutes and rinse thoroughly. I suggest using this after you shampoo your hair and before conditioner. You don’t want to do this more than once a week just to be sure you don't strip away too much oil resulting in an overproduction of sebum.
2. Stop touching your hair! Unless you have crazy OCD and wash your hands 15 times a day I’m guessing your hands are not super clean. Our fingers naturally produce oil ( along with the kebab you ate at lunch ) so running your hands through your hair and touching your scalp is going to transfer all that oil and dirt. Be aware of what your hands are doing and keep then away from your head. Yes this means you need to find a new way to flirt with the new guy on level 6.
3. Stop over washing. I know this feels like the best thing to do to get rid of the oil but you could be doing more harm than good. If you wash your hair too often, you're most likely stripping away the natural oils causing your body to go into overdrive oil production mode. This makes you want to wash your hair more and the vicious cycle continues. I strongly recommend not washing your hair more than once a week. This can take some getting used to but your scalp will be much more balanced and overtime will produce less oil. Ironic advice coming from a girl who sells shampoo for a living?
4. Clean your brush. Okay so when is the last time you washed your hair brush? What’s that I couldn’t hear you? Some of you might ( only to yourself ) admit "never". So basically you’re your brushing your hair with a bunch of McDonald's french fries. Make a habit of washing your brushes every few weeks with shampoo and warm water to remove any oil or dirt from them and leave out to dry before using them. You also don’t want to over do it with brushing as this too can stimulate oil production.
5. Make Dry Shampoo your new best friend! I know what you’re thinking, dry shampoo makes your roots white and hair feel dry but rest assured this is not the deal with my Pump Moisturizing Dry Shampoo. Made with coconut powder and vitamin B3 to absorb oil between washing without drying out your hair. Still not a fan of dry shampoo? Check out the Pump Volume Powder instead. Packed with silica minerals which not only absorb oil but also create a hold giving you roots volume along with clean looking hair. If you have tried these I would love to see your results in the comments below.
"This morning is made up of 80% coffee and 20% Dry shampoo" - Unknown
Love Tash x