Oily scalp is very problematic. If not treated, it can lead to oily hair, dandruff or a skin syndrome, known as seorrheic dermatitis. Too much oiliness, also known as seborrhea, is one of the most common scalp disorders. Oily scalp can make your hair look greasy, flat and limp, in other words life-less. Treatment of oily scalp is generally possible using home remedies and some over-the-counter medicated products, while in acute cases; the prescription-strength medications may be required.
What Causes Oily Scalp And Its Symptoms?
One of the main causes of oily scalp is excess production of natural oils, or sebum. Occasionally, a fungus on your scalp may also cause excessive oily production. Excessive oil production can make your hair and scalp to feel greasy and dirty, even if you have recently washed your hair. The main problem is that oily scalp can result into acne and dandruff. Treatments for oily scalp aim at balancing the quantity of sebum your scalp emits while cleaning and getting rid of dead skin cells and other impurities from your scalp.
Oily Scalp Remedies
Here are some home remedies for oily scalp that treat oily scalp in natural ways:
1. Apple Cider Vinegar: It’s a natural remedy for oily scalp. Use it as an acidic rinse. Mix apple cider vinegar and warm water in equal parts, and 20 drops of your favorite essential oil (optional). Rinse your hair with this mixture after your regular shampooing. The acidic properties of apple cider vinegar will reduce oil from roots, scalp, remove dandruff and alleviate residue and buildup on your scalp that have accumulated due to use of styling products.
2. Aloe Vera Gel: It’s an ancient time natural remedy for oily scalp. Extract fresh aloe vera gel and apply it on your scalp and strands thoroughly to regulate oil production and nourish your hair roots. Allow it to stay for 15 minutes and then shampoo your hair as usual. Do it every time before washing your hair. Alternatively, mix 1 pint of water, 1/2 pint of aloe vera gel and 20 drops of an essential oil of your choice to prepare a soothing tonic that will work to cut down oiliness and itching of your scalp.
3. Tea Tree Oil: As a regular scalp-care regimen, you can use tea tree oil to treat oily scalp and dandruff caused by oily scalp. Add a few drops of tea tree oil in your regular shampoo while you wash your hair. Another option is to massage your scalp with 5 to 10 drops of tea tree essential oil directly to treat oily scalp and dandruff.
4. Black Tea: It’s an effective home remedy in reducing oil from scalp and hair without rendering your hair dry. Brew 2 tea bags in 3 cups of warm water and use mixture as a last rinse after shampooing your hair. It will get rid of excess oil from your scalp, and make your hair look soft and shiny.
5. Beer: Washing your hair with beer is an effective treatment for oily scalp and greasy hair. It removes extra oil from scalp and hair that is why it’s very widely used by women. Take beer and spread it on your scalp, leaving it there for about 10 minutes. Rinse it off using warm water, and you will straight away observe a luster, softness and smoothness in your hair texture. Beer is well known for its drying effect on scalp and hair.
6. How To Prevent Oily Scalp Using Lemon Juice: Lemon juice has acidic properties, and so can be used in preventing oily scalp and greasy hair. It helps in absorbing excess oil and make you hair look beautiful and bouncy.
(i) Take 1 cup of lemon juice and mix it with 2 cups of water. After shampooing your hair as usual, apply the lemon juice mixture onto your scalp and hair, leaving it on for about 5 minutes, and then rinse it off.
(ii) Apply this natural treatment for oily scalp and greasy hair 2 times in a week.
7. Henna: Henna has a drying effect, so it’s helpful in treating oily scalp. Apply henna onto your hair once in week or every two weeks. It is an effective natural hair conditioner also.
How To Treat Oily Scalp With Medicated Products?
(i) Look for medicated shampoos and cleansers that are mild, oil-free and gentle enough for frequent use.
(ii) Select medicated shampoos, such as containing coal tar and selenium sulfide. These ingredients work to slow down the death of skin cells and also help in regeneration of skin cells on your scalp. They may also help to reduce inflammation, itching and alleviate some other oily scalp conditions, like dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis.
(iii) Occasionally a fungus on your scalp can lead to high oily conditions. In such cases, use products containing selenium sulfide or zinc pyrithione to control oiliness caused by fungi.
(iv) Products with salicylic acid also help in reducing the amount of oil on your scalp and treating oily scalp conditions such as dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis.
(v) Avoid using styling products too often. Allow your scalp to breathe free.
Natural Beauty Tips For Oily Scalp And Hair:
(i) Once you have selected a product, you need to work the product (cream or shampoo) into your oily scalp. For these treatments for oily scalp to work better, you need to pay some extra attention to working the medication all the way up to your skin, let them remain on your scalp for some time, before rinsing them out thoroughly.
(ii) If you have super oily scalp or hair, you may need to shampoo your hair twice as the excess oil produced by your scalp works to annihilate the lather that otherwise essentially helps to cleanse your scalp and hair.
(iii) As some medicated products for oily scalp can dry out the hair, you would need to follow up with a conditioner on the ends of your hair to put in back some moisture.
If the above natural home remedies or over-the-counter shampoos do not fix your oily scalp problem and your scalp is super oily, you may need to consult a dermatologist. Do not ignore your condition, as oily scalp can sometimes result into other more serious skin disorders such as seborrheic dermatitis.
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