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What’s Causing Your Oily Hair and How Can You Manage It?

December 6, 2018

3 Min read

While a dry scalp can be a major source of discomfort, dealing with greasy, oily hair can be just as unpleasant.

Oily roots are caused by a build-up of excess sebum, secreted by the pores onto your scalp. Sebum’s purpose is to keep your skin and hair from becoming too dry and to protect against the drying effects of wind and water.

However, the skin can overproduce sebum, which clogs hair follicles, limits growth and even leads to dandruff.

At Prose, we’ve put together our top tips for managing oily hair to help you get to the root of the problem once and for all!

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Brush with purpose

Certain brush habits can actually help distribute natural oils away from roots. Brush your hair from scalp to ends with a natural bristle brush. This will spread the healthy scalp oils to the hair ends – an extra bonus- as the bottom of your hair tends to be drier and need more conditioning.

You could also try gently backcombing at the roots to add volume to your hair and prevent it from laying on the scalp and appearing greasier than it really is.

Change the way you shampoo

At Prose, our specially-formulated shampoos contain powerful scalp-soothing ingredients such as kale, spirulina and peppermint, and jujube tree bark and wintergreen extract, which deep-clean the hair without over-stripping its natural oils.

To effectively wash your hair, work a little bit of shampoo into your roots and scalp. You should make sure to be as gentle as possible as forceful scrubbing will only aggravate the scalp and cause it to release more excess oil. Slowly add more water to your scalp to create more suds. Finish by allowing the shampoo to flow through to the ends of your hair as you rinse.

Don’t skip the conditioner

A lot of people with greasy hair tend to skip conditioner, thinking it could contribute to their oily roots. However, if you are using conditioner in the right way, it shouldn’t be an issue.

Instead of applying conditioner from roots to ends, try applying a quarter amount to the bottom half of your hair (mid-shaft to ends.)

This simple approach not only prevents product from weighing down your hair but also helps you combat oily roots.

Style it out

If you’re in need of a quick-fix, there are a few hairstyles that are actually ideal for oilier tresses. For instance, you can pull your hair back into a sleek, sophisticated low bun or ponytail. Alternatively, you can pile hair high in a chic bun which will cleverly draw attention away from an oily scalp.

While they may not be long-term solutions, incorporating low-key styling tips into your routine could hide third-day hair.

Keep your cool

You may not realize it, but heat and hot air also encourage glands to produce more sebum. Straightening through heat application can also stimulate oil production, as can handling your hair excessively while using irons.

Try styling your hair with bursts of cool air and, if possible, limit your use of heated hair appliances.



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