Do you have oily hair? If your hair looks heavy and shiny 48 hours after your last shampoo, your hair is secreting too much sebum and quickly becoming greasy. What hair routine should you adopt to deal with what is for some people an ordeal and how to regulate sebum production? Here are some tips from our hair professionals.

Greasy hair: what causes it?

Excessive sebum production is the cause of oily hair. This hydrolipidic film (mixture of sweat and sebum) protects the scalp from dehydration and external aggressions. The hair's natural lubricant is deposited along the hair shaft and smoothes the scales, making the hair soft and shiny. A disturbance of the sebaceous glands will cover the root and the shaft of the hair with sebum more quickly until it suffocates. The hair becomes oily and sticky and greasy quickly after washing.
Several factors will promote the appearance of greasy hair:

  • genetic predisposition;
  • stress, smoking, alcohol consumption ;
  • heat, UV from the sun;
  • hormonal disturbance;
  • overly aggressive hair care products,
  • a diet that is too rich and unbalanced
  • excessive sweating.

The excessive development of a yeast naturally present in the skin can also cause an abundant secretion of sebum. This microscopic fungus, called Malassezia furfur, multiplies in the sebum and causes the appearance of red patches and sometimes yellowish, greasy dandruff. Seborrheic dermatitis causes itching and occurs in irregular outbreaks. This benign but irritating condition is responsible for hair that is greasy at the roots and dry at tips.

How to take care of greasy hair?

Once you know the cause of greasy hair, you have all the information you need to take charge and take care of it. Having greasy hair is no fun, but it's not the end of the world and it doesn't have to affect your morale.

An adapted shampoo

First of all, we start by washing our hair with a cleanser adapted to its nature. Shampoos for oily hair Shampoos for oily hair are gentle and will purify the hair. 100% natural shampoos without silicones or sulfates are not aggressive for the scalp. You can choose a liquid shampoo or a solid oil shampoo. The main thing is to respect the scalp by washing it quickly so as not to stimulate the sebaceous glands. The shampoo is eliminated by a last rinse with cold water if possible to activate the microcirculation and close the scales.

In order not to cause addiction, our hairdressers recommend alternating the shampoo for oily hair with a clay cleanser. The shampoo with three clays The clay shampoo absorbs sebum, regulates its secretion and purifies the scalp. Our professionals use this shampoo systematically before each coloring organic Biocoiff' shampoo to eliminate any chemical residue. this shampoo allows to space out the washings. Finish your shampoo by wringing out your hair in a terry towel to absorb as much water as possible. Set your hair dryer to moderate heat when blow-drying, keeping the dryer away from the lengths without insisting on one spot. 

Purifying and detoxifying masks

Hypersebborhoea is the major problem of this hair type. Too much sebum production can suffocate the scalp. This can slow down hair growth or cause hair loss. Aesthetically, oily hair lacks volume and gives a neglected appearance. Cleansing the scalp will help remove impurities. You can use a clay treatment or make hair masks. If you like to make your own hair products, we recommend this mixture:
Mask with jojoba oil and tea tree

The oils plant-based are not just for dry hair.Jojoba oil is recommended for treating hyperseborrhea in oily hair. Mix:

  • two tablespoons of jojoba oil,
  • 7 drops of tea tree essential oil.

Apply to the lengths and leave on for 45 minutes.

jojoba oil

You can also associate this deep hair care with those recommended for the treatment of dandruff or damaged hair. You will find jojoba oil in several Biocoiff' products as its qualities are so precious for the hair. Do not hesitate to ask a dermatologist or a hairdresser for advice during a diagnosis in the salon.

Dry shampoo 

When you can't wash your hair and you want to give it a little freshness, dry shampoo is useful. Made from rice or corn starch to absorb sebum, it is sprayed on the hair and will eliminate sebum and all impurities. Professionals recommend not to overuse it and to spray the product while keeping it at least 25 cm from the hair before massaging the scalp and brushing my hair. 

Natural solutions for oily hair

As you can see by using natural hair products, plants and certain ayurvedic powders limit the production of sebum. Herbal medicine is full of resources to treat scalp problems. : Nettle will strengthen hair, slow down hair loss and regulate sebum and dandruff. The star anise is also a sebum regulator. It soothes itching and purifies the scalp.

You can also add a few drops of lavender, sage or orange essential oils to a shampoo to take advantage of their regulating and astringent properties.
You can rinse your hair by adding a few drops of rosemary or thyme essential oil to a tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar diluted in a liter of water.
Alternatively, we recommend spraying rose tonic mist before styling or blow-drying your hair. It is applied directly to the hair and does not rinse.

How to slow down the seborrhea of an oily scalp?  

In addition to applying the right hair care products to treat seborrhea, you can adapt your hair care routine by adopting certain gestures and applying tips that have proven to be effective.
We regularly clean our combs and brushes. We also avoid tying our hair up to hide the roots. If you ride a two-wheeler, put a cap between your helmet and your hair. This allows you to change it regularly to protect your hair and avoid greasing the helmet.

Oily hair does not appreciate frequent washing that feeds seborrheic disorders, excessive heat from brushing and overly aggressive chemical colorings . We substitute them with gentler hair techniques, natural colorings and products that are harmless to them.

 Oily hair and diet

Maintaining oily hair also requires a healthy lifestyle and a balanced diet. We should reduce our consumption of foods that are too fatty and seek advice from a dietician if necessary. A contribution in vitamins A, contributes to the good balance of the scalp. 

Proper care of oily hair and the use of appropriate hair care products will minimize the inconvenience. With patience and regularity, it can limit the production of sebum and rebalance the nature of the scalp.