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7 Natural Ways To Stop Your Hair From Getting Oily

By Kumutha

Hair that is limp, flat and oily, well, not exactly our idea of a perfect hair, is it? What if we say, there are natural remedies for oily hair that will keep your mane fluffy like cotton candy, not one but even after five days of shampooing?

Sounds too good to be true, right? The homemade masks for oily hair that we are about to explore in this article will do exactly that!

We all know the greasy hair struggle, all too well. And as much as we'd want to keep trying, there is no escaping it!

Now, we know hair becomes greasy due to excess sebum production in the scalp, but the real question is, what triggers this sweat gland to go on an overdrive?

Genetics, environmental factors, hormonal disorder, using chemically chocked hair care products, etc., are a few reasons why your hair gets caked with oil, all too soon.

It is important to understand the reasons why your locks are overly oily, so you can evaluate your current habits that contribute to aggravate the condition, so you can fix it better.

To help you along, here are 7 handy tricks on how to prevent hair from getting oily naturally.


Time Your Wash

You will itch to wash your hair to get that excess oil out, but that would be a mistake. Here is why. Washing hair strips the scalp of its natural oils, and pushes sweat glands to work harder to compensate for the lost oils, leading to excess grease. Give your tresses three to four days before going in for the next wash.


Go Lukewarm

Hot water is a big no-no for your hair, as it can scald your scalp, break hair and lead to dullness. Cold water, on the other hand, can further send your body temperature tumulting down. The ideal balance is lukewarm, which is comfortable for your body and best-suited for your hair. This is by far the most easiest natural way to stop hair from getting oily.


Ditch The Conditioner

Conditioner will only further weigh down your already limp hair. Ditch conditioner if you can. If not, apply it sparingly through your hair ends. And whatever you do, avoid conditioner on your scalp.


Vinegar Tonic

Vinegar is naturally acidic and it has a good amount of antioxidants that work to cleanse your scalp of the buildup, restore its pH balance and unclog pores.

How It Works
Mix 2 tablespoons of vinegar with a cup of water.
Apply it on to your scalp and hair, after shampooing.
Let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes.
Rinse and pat dry.
Follow this Ayurvedic remedy for greasy scalp every time you shampoo your hair.


Green Tea Rinse

Green tea has a chock-full of powerful antioxidants that break excess sebum on the scalp, nourish it and protect the hair strands from free radicals.

How It Works
Brew a fresh cup of tea with a used tea bag.
Allow it to simmer for 10 minutes under low flame, before turning off the heat.
Give your hair a last rinse with the solution after shampooing.
Massage your scalp with the soft bud of your fingers for five minutes.
And then, rinse thoroughly with plain water.
Follow this natural way to treat greasy scalp once a week.


Aloe Vera Mask

Aloe vera has antioxidants, aloesin and anti-bacterial properties, all of which work to keep excess oil production in check, soothe inflammation and remove flaky dandruff.

How It Works
Cut aloe vera in half and extract its gel. Mix it with a tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice.
Using a cotton ball, apply the mask to your wet scalp.
Let it sit for 20 minutes.
Wash your hair with a clarifying shampoo and pat dry.
Apply this homemade mask for oily hair thrice in a month.


Tea Tree Oil Spray

Packed with antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic properties, tea tree oil will not only control oil production, but also keep your scalp free of dandruff.

How It Works
Dilute 2 tablespoons of tea tree oil in a cup of distilled water.
Transfer the solution to a spray bottle.
Shake well before using.
Every time you feel your scalp getting greasy, spritz a small amount on to your scalp.
Blot out the excess with a tissue.

Therefore, follow these natural remedies for oily hair as and when required to keep oiliness at bay.

Story first published: Tuesday, September 6, 2016, 15:30 [IST]