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Having an oily scalp or hair can be both uncomfortable and awkward to deal with – it’s hard to feel your best when you feel like you’re fighting with your hair! Luckily, there are many tried-and-true methods for treating oily hair or an oily scalp, and many specially formulated products backed by research that can help to regulate your scalp. Keep reading to learn about some of the best methods and products for fixing oily hair.

What causes oily hair

Oily hair is generally caused by having an oily scalp, which is caused by overactive sebaceous glands. What are sebaceous glands? These glands on our scalp produce and secrete sebum – an oily, waxy substance that helps to keep our scalp, hair root and hair hydrated, protected and healthy.

But you know what they say about too much of a good thing! Too much sebum can cause our scalp to appear and feel oily and uncomfortable and, in extreme cases, can cause severe scalp issues that can result in hair loss.

How to treat oily hair

Thankfully, there are so many ways to treat an oily scalp. Keep reading to learn how you can treat your oily scalp and oily hair from home.

Shampoo properly (H3)

When shampooing, make sure your shampoo is lathered all over your scalp, not just in your hair. You can even shampoo twice to remove any excess oil or product buildup (especially if you’re using dry shampoo to manage your oiliness).

Find a shampoo schedule that’s right for you (H3)

Shampooing too frequently or not enough can cause oiliness. Why does this happen? If you shampoo too frequently, your scalp can become dry and your body has to overcompensate by producing extra oil, causing oiliness. If you don’t shampoo enough, oil and product residue can build up on your hair shaft or scalp causing it to become oily.

To find the shampoo schedule that is right for you, experiment with a couple of different shampoo schedules (for example shampooing every day vs every two days). Keep the schedule for a week or two and see how your hair and scalp feel before trying a different schedule.

Here are our suggestions based on scalp type:

  • Dry scalp: Start by shampooing every three or four days to allow your body to produce enough natural protective oils and sebum to keep your scalp moisturized. If you still find your scalp too dry, consider shampooing every five or six days.
  • Oily scalp: Start by shampooing four to five times per week (you may be able to shampoo less if you have thicker hair), then see if you can decrease to four or three times per week. If that goes well, try skipping another shampoo day each week. Shampooing less frequently helps ensure your scalp maintains a healthy balance of oils and sebum and will prevent your scalp from overcompensating and becoming oily.

Keep conditioner off your root (H3)

Conditioners are formulated to be perfect for your hair and can be a little too heavy for scalp conditioning, especially for people who are already prone to oiliness. So, when you shower, make sure you apply your conditioner at least three inches away from your roots and rinse thoroughly.

Keep your scalp hydrated (H3)

This may come as a surprise, but sometimes having a dehydrated scalp can actually lead to oiliness. Our bodies are smart, and know when our skin needs a little hydration. But when our body pushes oil up through our scalp to try to rehydrate it, sometimes it can overdo it. So to avoid this, make sure you keep your scalp nice and hydrated by drinking enough water, shampooing on a schedule that works for you and trying some hydrating or balancing products if your scalp needs a little extra help.

Try specially formulated products that will balance your scalp (H3)

Sometimes the best method for managing oily hair involves a specially formulated shampoo or scalp health product. At juliArt, we have decades of experience researching the best methods for reducing oiliness and creating products that work. So, to help you manage an oily scalp or oily hair, we recommend:

  • Our Exfoliating Liquid Shampoo, which is specially formulated to remove product and sebum buildup and cleanse scalp pores to help avoid oiliness.
  • Our Oil Balance Shampoo, which contains our long-lasting oil control formula 5α Avocuta, which regulates the scalp’s sebum (oil) glands, helping to prevent excess scalp oil. This shampoo also features Rosemary, which soothes and conditions your scalp, and Bergamot, Tea Tree Oil and Aloe Vera deep clean and soothe your scalp, leaving it balanced and refreshed.
  • Our Oil Balance Scalp Restorer Spray which also contains Avocuta, and provides lasting oil control and prevents excess scalp oil by regulating sebum (oil) production on the scalp. 

Talk to your doctor (H3)

If you have tried all the methods above and none of them are working, it may be time to talk to a doctor or dermatologist. Your doctor or dermatologist may be able to prescribe medication or a special shampoo to help you prevent an oily scalp.

You can beat an oily scalp or oily hair!

We are confident that if you use these tried-and-true methods, you will be able to overcome an oily scalp. 

Want to order juliArt’s specially formulated oil balance products for yourself or your salon? Contact us today!