Help, I have oily hair!

Posted by Patricia Debrant on

An oily scalp results in hair that looks oily or shiny. Your hair looks "dirty" or sticky and becomes difficult to style. The only solution is to wash your hair every day to avoid the discomfort of oily hair throughout the day.

What are the causes of an oily scalp?

Oily hair is due to an excess of sebum called hyper-seborrhea, which has several causes that can be internal or external.
A hormonal imbalance is often one of the main internal causes of hyper-seborrhea. This disorder can be linked to various factors such as stress, heredity, puberty, illness or poor nutrition. This causes an overstimulation of the sebaceous glands responsible for the production of sebum.
But there are also external causes such as pollution, too frequent washing, exposure to excessive heat (hair dryer, too hot water...), improper use of hair products or the use of too chemical products. All of these causes cause an overproduction of sebum, the purpose of which is to protect your scalp.

But what is the purpose of sebum?

Sebum is not your enemy, on the contrary. When it mixes with sweat, it forms a hydrolipidic film that protects your scalp from external aggressions, microbes and dryness thanks to its ability to retain water. It is when it is produced in excess that things get complicated... But don't panic, you just need to adopt the right gestures to stop this phenomenon!

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  • Use the right shampoo: Opt for a natural shampoo adapted to oily scalp, without SLS (Sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate) to avoid aggression and stimulate sebum production. Also avoid shampoos that contain silicones because they clog the pores of the scalp, and will also lead to an overproduction of sebum in reaction.
  • Wash your hair 2 to 3 times a week: washing your hair too often or even every day activates the production of sebum and makes your hair dull. The scalp naturally has oils that protect it and washing hair daily weakens and disturbs them.
  • Massage your scalp: when shampooing, do not rub your scalp at the risk of over stimulating your sebaceous glands. Instead, massage it in a circular motion.
  • Wash your hair with lukewarm water: water that is too hot damages and regreases the hair!
  • Detangle your hair: this is an essential step to distribute the sebum on your lengths and avoid it stagnating on your scalp!


It is important to dissociate the scalp from the lengths. If you have an oily scalp, you need to use a shampoo that is adapted to this type of problem because it will purify your scalp. So choose a shampoo for oily scalp, without sulfate to avoid damaging it and to stimulate sebum production (it defends itself by activating sebum production). Also avoid shampoos that contain silicones because they clog the pores of the scalp, and will also lead to an overproduction of sebum in reaction. When rinsing your shampoo, do not use water that is too hot as it stimulates the sebaceous glands. Instead, use lukewarm water. The hair dryer also stimulates the sebaceous glands: make sure you keep a distance of 30cm when you dry your hair and choose a low temperature. It is best to let your hair air dry. For your dry ends, use a natural conditioner or mask once or twice a week to moisturize them!

Dry shampoos are a good alternative to space out your shampoos. However, be careful with their composition and do not overuse them at the risk of dulling your hair. It should be used occasionally, not daily.

Scrubbing is a major and indispensable asset for detoxifying and cleansing your scalp. The more you take care of your scalp and cleanse it, the more you will be able to space your shampoos!


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