Everyone has one of those friends who almost never has to wash their hair; you know, the friend who goes on and on about how they haven’t shampooed in four days and are worried that their hair looks flat, while you’re spraying dry shampoo into your washed-four-hours-ago hair like it’s nobody’s business.
If you’ve fallen a victim to oil roots, you’ve probably noticed the unfair vicious cycle that takes its course. Of course, you already know that the oils produced by the scalp are essential in keeping the hair follicle healthy, but when you feel that your roots getting too oily too fast, you’re urged to shampoo it all away. Sure, the shampoo rinses the oils down the drain, but it also dries the hair out, which in turn, causes it to produce more oils to remain healthy. How annoying, right? It’s like you’re damned if you do and you’re damned if you don’t. If you wash your hair, it’s only going to get oilier in the long run, but if you don’t wash it’s still going to be oily in the present moment. The good news is you’re not alone. Tons of women battle greasy roots on a day-to-day basis, which means many women have tried to combat the oil. Below are some of the top oil-busting tips from women around the globe. It may take some trial and error to find out what works best for you, but will a little time and patience, you’ll figure out how to fix those oily roots in no time.
You know that you’re not necessarily helping your hair by stripping it of its natural oils every morning, but there’s no way you’re going to leave for work with your hair looking like that. If dry shampoo isn’t your forte, you’ll love this simple anti-oil hair detox that is sure to leave your hair less oil ridden for the next day or two. Not only does it clear up grease and grime, but it also clears the scalp of dead skin cells, which could also be taking a toll on your sebum production. All you need to do is add 1 cup of water, 4 tablespoons of vinegar, 1 tablespoon of cornstarch, and 1 tablespoon of rubbing alcohol to an empty spray bottle and give it a good shake. Use this first thing when you get into the shower, being sure that every last strand of hair gets touched by the mixture. Use your fingers to work the mixture into your scalp, then rinse, shampoo, and condition as usual. Use the treatment two-to-three times per week and you’ll find yourself pleased with the difference.
Oatmeal is not only nourishing for the inside of your body, but it’s also beneficial for your hair too! It may sound funny (and even seem a bit strange at first) but an oatmeal hair mask is a great way to remove oils and calm the scalp. Simply prepare regular oatmeal, then apply it all over your hair and scalp, taking a few extra moments to massage it into the roots. After letting it sit for five-to-ten minutes, rinse it all out and wash your hair as usual.
Medicine Cabinet Alcohol
Do you love the simplicity of dry shampoo, but hate the built-up feel or powdery look? If so, go grab a bottle of rubbing alcohol out of your medicine cabinet. Keep in mind, this won’t prevent your hair from over-producing oil, but it is an overly simple quick fix when you’re running late and need to get out the door. Simply saturate a cotton pad with rubbing alcohol, then lightly dab and pat it around the roots. Use your fingers to fluff up the hair and you’ll be good to go. While rubbing alcohol is a great quick fix, it’s not meant to on a regular basis.