Oily Roots – Help is on the Way

Woman wears long brown hair in loose wavy hairstyle

Can you relate to the following story? In the morning you leave the house with freshly shampooed, gorgeously bouncy hair. It is not even noon yet, and your hair roots have already turned oily and your limp hair no longer shows any style. Our tips are going to put a dry end to this oily problem.

The closer your hair is to your scalp, the more oil it will adsorb.

Simply dust off your oily roots!

Stash away or carry around Volume Powder (baby powder or body powder will also work). Simply apply a dusting of the powder to your hair roots and work it into your scalp with your fingers like you would do with a wet shampoo. Then use a brush with natural bristles to remove all residues from your hair.

Using Alcohol on oily Roots

Spray a little hair spray on your hair roots (be sure to use hair spray for oily or fine hair, not for stressed out hair) or massage a small amount of setting mousse into your scalp. Both the mousse and the alcohol in the hair spray absorb excess sebum and make the hair bouncy again. Another easy method - use a cotton ball soaked in facial toner to wipe excess oil off your scalp. Facial toners commonly contain alcohol as well. Check the ingredient list on the package to make sure that the toner indeed contains alcohol to help wipe off the sebum.

Catlick Sebum Control

Of course, shampooing your hair would be the proper solutio, but a shower is not always easily available. In this situation, dry shampoo comes in handy.  Simply spray it onto the hair near your scalp and use a towel to rub it in. Brush your hair well after allowing a few minutes for the dry shampoo to do its job.

Keeping Hair out of the Oily Scalp Zone

The closer your hair is to your scalp the more oil it will absorb. You should therefore slightly tease the hair near the roots or your fringes. This gives your hair volume and keeps it away from the source of sebum (oil).

More Solutions for Oily Hair Roots:

  • Fringes are not at all helpful when it comes to hiding oily hair roots. Side or middle partings are much more suitable for this purpose because you can always sell the oily roots as part of a trendy ultra-sleek or slicked look
  • Streaked hair has a slightly rougher structure and is dryer. If only hours after a shampoo your hair is too oily or stringy, a few streaks can be an ideal and beautiful solution
  • Be sure to use only clean brushes, combs, rollers and curling irons. Otherwise, residues from conditioners, styling aids and sebum lead to a stringy limp look shortly after you shampoo your hair. Optimally, you should clean your brushes and combs once a week using a mild shampoo. Then air-dry those utensils. (Drying brushes and combs on top of radiators would damage the bristles.)  Regularly clean curling and flat irons using cotton balls soaked in pure alcohol
  • If your scalp produces too much sebum you should under no circumstances use oil-containing styling products, such as wax, pomade or styling crème. Alcohol-based hair setting products, such as mousse, hair spray and gel are much more suitable for oily hair. Like always, start using the smallest effective amount. You can always add more
  • Use brushes with natural bristles exclusively (e. g. wild boar bristles). Such bristles are capable of distributing the sebum through the hair
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