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13 Jul 2017

How to Determine if You Have Oily Hair


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Posted By Gary O.

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First of all, you need to understand that oily hair is an effect of oily scalp. Our hair is a really good absorber of oil and any oil that is produced by our scalp is naturally absorbed by our hair. Some amount of oil (or sebum) is essential for healthy, moisturized and shiny hair. An excess of sebum however, causes your scalp to feel suffocated and your hair to be greasy, gluey and lifeless.

A way to differentiate between oily and shiny hair is to wait till the end of the day before taking a shower. First wash your hands and fingers clean and dry them. Then feel your scalp with your fingers (particularly at the base of your head). If you feel oil and your fingers come out looking glossier than they were immediately after cleaning them, then you know you have an oily scalp which is causing oily hair.

Other symptoms you may notice when you have oily scalp and hair include:

1) a musty/oily smell in your hair

2) scalp feeling suffocated (even after repeated shampooing). This is because an excess amount of sebum has accumulated at the hair follicle making it difficult for oxygen to reach the follicle. Such a suffocated feeling in the scalp should not be ignored because it could indicate the first stages of hair loss. For healthy hair growth, oxygen and nutrients need to be able to reach the hair follicle. Follicles that are clogged by sebum lack oxygen and nutrients and will eventually die off if the oily scalp condition is not treated. In this case, a sebum-regulating shampoo would be really useful in removing the excess sebum. Your scalp should feel really fresh and rejuvenated after shampooing.

3) an itchy scalp. Sebum-loving fungus feasts on the excess sebum produced by our scalp. They love our oily scalp environment! The itch come when the fungus gnawls away at sebum near our hair follicles, irritating the follicles. The fungus may also cause excessive flaking of the scalp skin - i.e. dandruff. It may surprise you that oily hair and dandruff often come hand-in-hand. Not to worry, here's a simple home remedy to fix both oily hair and dandruff problems:

Make a yogurt and lemon mask by adding 2 tablespoons of lemon juice into a regular unflavored yogurt. Apply the mask to your hair and scalp and leave it on for 30 minutes. Wash off with a mild shampoo.

Remember that there is always help at hand for oily hair and scalp. Check out the full range of medicinal, natural, herbal and homemade remedies to treat oily hair at


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