Oily scalp, just as the name suggests, is the result of excessive production of oil on the scalp. The easiest way to tell whether you have an oily scalp is to check the condition of your scalp and hair a couple of days after washing. If you find that your scalp is too oily, then this may well be the condition that you are suffering from.
Note, however, that the secretion of oil from the sebaceous glands on the scalp is perfectly normal when it happens in adequate amounts. In excessive amounts, this condition easily causes itchiness, dandruff and overall a messy appearance.
Some of the causative agents of an oily scalp include high stress levels, excessive consumption of fatty foods and poor hair care routines. In many cases, especially for women with oily skin, this can be attributed to the fluctuation of hormonal levels in the body.
This is because the amount of oil produced by the sebaceous gland is regulated by a set of hormones known as androgens. Consequently, different hormonal processes at different stages of life could easily trigger an oily scalp. In some individuals however, the oily scalp is the result of a hereditary predisposition whereby members of a specific lineage are likely to get the condition.
An oily scalp is also characterized by progressive thinning of the hair and weakness of the hair strands. The excessive oil produced provides a source of nourishment for the fungi, clogging pores and disrupts the normal circulation of blood to the scalp. To manage this it is important to make use of natural remedies that will help you keep the oiliness in check while maintaining your hair’s health.
1. Daily Shampooing:
Time Required: 60 Min
What You Need: Choice hair shampoo and conditioner (preferably herbal shampoo that is specially formulated for oily scalps), warm water for washing and rinsing.
One of the most significant home remedies for the management of an oily scalp is the incorporation of herbal or organic shampoo and conditioner into a daily hair care routine. The essence of daily washing is to strip the scalp of excessive oil, and thus get rid of the greasy appearance. Make sure you settle for herbal shampoos as they do not contain inorganic additives that dry the scalp and predispose it to dandruff formation.
In addition to this, check the pH range of your choice shampoo. Normal scalp often requires a shampoo whose pH ranges between 4.5 and 6.7, making the shampoo just slightly acidic. For an oily scalp however, the ideal pH range is more acidic, and therefore has a lower pH range. This is done to help get rid of fungi that thrive in the environment that contains excess oil.
- De-tangle your hair and divide into sections. You should skip this step if you have very short hair or are bald.
- Place a generous amount of the shampoo on the palms of your hands and massage on the scalp in gentle but firm motions for up to 10 minutes. Take on the trouble spots where the oil is most visible. These spots include the forehead, the sides as well as just above the neck.
- Rinse the scalp once and repeat step 2 above.
- Rinse your scalp once more, making sure you get rid of any traces of the shampoo. You may need to rinse a couple more times depending on how oily your scalp is.
- Apply conditioner to your hair and let it remain on for 15 minutes.
- Rinse your scalp once more, and follow through with your usual hair care routine.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar:
Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: Organic apple cider vinegar, water to dilute and rinse after the remedy.
Apple cider vinegar has been shown to be an effective remedy in the management of an oily scalp. This is because it contains acetic acid as one of the main ingredients. When applied on the scalp, the acid restores the scalp’s pH to normalcy, a factor which helps regulate the excessive production of oil. Apple cider vinegar also helps prevent the accumulation of oil on the hair while restoring its natural sheen.
This natural hair tonic is an effective must-have remedy for anyone dealing with an oily scalp. As with most natural remedies, it is advisable to use this apple cider vinegar in its organic form instead of getting the processed type as the latter tends to include inorganic additives which affect the efficiency of the home remedy.
Note: This remedy is most effective when used after shampooing your hair, and is the perfect way to rinse your scalp and hair.
- Place four tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in a cup of warm water and stir to mix evenly.
- Once you have washed your hair (using the steps outlined in the first remedy above), use the solution containing the vinegar to rinse the scalp.
- Let the solution remain on the scalp for about 10 minutes before you can carry out a final rinse using warm water. Use this remedy at least twice daily.
3. Lemon Juice:
Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: 3 Fresh lemons, a juicer, a cup of water, honey (optional).
Lemon juice is ideal for the treatment of a host of skin and scalp conditions, one of which is an oily scalp. The lemon fruit belongs to the family of citrus fruits and this means that it is rich in Vitamin C and has a high concentration of citric acid. The high concentration of Vitamin C nourishes the scalp and promotes the health of your scalp. the citric acid on the other hand plays an integral role in balancing the scalp’s pH, an action which helps control the amount of oil secreted on the scalp. This in turn, eliminates the greasy appearance of the hair and instead gives it a healthy glow. The honey is added to harness its antimicrobial properties.
- Rub each of the three lemons on the working surface to make the juicing process easy and far more productive.
- Juice the lemons and add two cups of water before stirring in two tablespoons of honey in the collected lemon juice.
- Apply this mixture on your hair and scalp, making sure you massage properly.
- Allow the mixture to stay on the scalp for about five minutes before rinsing off with warm water. Repeat this procedure thrice weekly over a couple of months for a remarkably oil-free scalp and healthy hair.
4. Home-Made Aloe Vera Shampoo:
Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: A tablespoon of aloe vera gel, 2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice, choice herbal or organic shampoo.
Making your own aloe-vera shampoo at home is not almost as difficult as it sounds. In fact, an existent bottle of mild shampoo will provide an ideal basis for the remedy. Aloe vera gel is a preferred home treatment for oily scalps because it is rich in vitamins and minerals that nourish the scalp. additionally, aloe vera gel acts as a detoxifying agent that unclogs the skin’s pores and gets rid of accumulated dirt. This has the advantage of regulating the amount of oil produced on the scalp. Best of all perhaps, is that this gel is both gentle to sensitive skin and has a soothing effect that provides relief from the itchiness. The citric acid in lemon juice included in this remedy balances the scalp’s pH which in turn affects the amount of oil produced.
- Place the organic shampoo of choice in a bowl and add the aloe vera gel and lemon juice.
- Stir well so that the mixture is even, and use this shampoo to wash your scalp and hair.
- Allow the shampoo to remain on your scalp for a couple of minutes before you rinse off.
- Follow this through with your usual hair care routine, making sure you repeat this procedure thrice weekly or as often as you need to keep the excessive oil produced on the scalp in check.
Note: Since this shampoo includes aloe vera gel and lemon juice, the period that it lasts is limited. You are therefore advised to store the shampoo in the fridge and use it within a week from the time you prepare this remedy.
5. Fuller’s Earth:
Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: Three tablespoons of Fuller’s earth and warm water.
Fuller’s earth is a simple yet effective way to manage an extremely oily scalp. Fuller’s earth, when mixed with water and applied on the scalp as a paste, is an excellent absorbent which soaks up the excessive oil. In addition to this, the presence of mineral salts in the powder help balance the pH levels on the scalp so that the normal pH values are maintained. Lastly, this paste also has the advantage of improving the circulation of blood to the scalp, enhancing the provision of nutrients and promoting the health of the scalp.
- Take three tablespoons of Fuller’s earth and place in a bowl. (Note that the amount of powder you use will vary depending on the length of your hair).
- Add just enough warm water to ensure that you get a consistent paste, one that is thick enough to remain on the scalp on application.
- Apply generous amounts of paste on your scalp and hair, and leave for 15 minutes.
- Rinse the Fuller’s earth using warm water, making sure that you get rid of the paste in its entirety. Use this remedy twice weekly to manage your oily scalp.
6. Black Tea:
Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: Two tablespoons of black tea leaves, a cup of water, a strainer, herbal shampoo
Black tea is a home remedy whose many uses has made it a must-have in many households. In the management of an oily scalp, the black tea is preferred because of its astringent properties attributed to the presence of tannic acid. Home remedies labelled as astringent are those which, when applied on the skin or scalp, cause the pores to tighten. This is important for those with oily scalps because it means that less oil is produced, and therefore less oil accumulates on the scalp and hair.
NOTE: It is advisable to use this remedy as just after washing you
- Place two tablespoons of the black tea leaves in a cup and fill with water.
- Boil the water containing the tea leaves for about 10 minutes.
- Strain the mixture and discard the used tea leaves.
- Allow the strained solution to cool down and attain room temperature.
- You will use this solution to rinse your scalp and hair. Use this remedy at least twice weekly to manage oily skin.
7. Dry Shampooing Using Talc Powder:
Time Required: 10 Min
What You Need: Talcum powder. Other alternatives include corn starch or baby powder .
Most of the remedies for oily scalp as mentioned above require some bit of time to prepare and apply. What then happens when you need to dash out of the house in a short while and do not have the time to use any of the remedies listed above? The answer to this lies in the use of talcum powder. Talc powder makes for an excellent remedy when you need a dry shampooing procedure. The powder is applied on the scalp and absorbs the excessive oil, thus ensuring that your hair does not look greasy or feel heavy. The golden rule in using this remedy is to shampoo your hair as soon as you can.
- Take a tablespoon of the talc powder and sprinkle it on your scalp.
- Let the powder stay on the scalp for about 5 minutes before combing your hair as usual.
- Once you get back, do wet shampoo your hair incorporating any of the aforementioned home remedies.
Other remedies that you can use to manage an oily scalp include witch hazel oil, honey and diluted beer. The use of these remedies is futile if not accompanied by great hair hygiene, so make sure you shampoo and condition regularly as well as use the right products.