The Oily Scalp 411

We asked some of our favorite hairstylist gurus, Jacelyn Bautista and Devon Gonzales, to drop some knowledge on all things regarding the dreaded oily scalp. Keep reading for some tips and tricks you wish you knew all along.




What usually causes an oily scalp?



Oily scalps can be caused by a numerous amount of things. One's lifestyle, products used at home, if they are washing out their hair thoroughly and diet. 


What are the best ways to extend a blowout (not getting oily)?




The best way to extend your blowout is to apply dry shampoo at least 3-4 inches away from the scalp. Dry shampoo needs to take time to travel into the scalp to evenly distribute, so you should avoid spraying it too close to your roots.

Another tip to extend a blowout is to touch your hair a little less than usual. the oil from our fingers transfers more than we think. Also, ensuring that products are placed in the correct place and the right amount is being used for your hair type. All conditioning products are kept off the scalp and volume products at the root. 



What kind of products should you stay away from?




Products to stay away from include products that have sulfates and plastic (otherwise referred to as silicones). Sulfate strips and dries not only your hair but also the scalp. Silicones are usually contained in drug store shampoos to create an illusion of luxurious hair. 

You should also be more conscious of the amount of product you are using and the placement of the product. If you find you are getting oily too quickly, apply your conditioners and leave-in conditioners far enough down your hair so that none of these products are being applied to your scalp. Your root area contains the natural oils from your scalp, which is why it requires less conditioning than other parts of your hair. 


What kind of everyday products do you recommend?



Products to use on the daily are ones that are natural plant-derived products. Natural plant and vegetable derived products penetrate into the cuticle of the hair, just as it does with our skin and nails to enhance longevity and integrity. 


What hairstyles and cuts do you recommend for people with an oily scalp?



A great hairstyle option for an oily scalp is textured beachy waves. You begin by putting the hair in two braids before going to bed, take the braids out in the morning, then go over it with a flat iron on a low heat setting. Once you’ve done that, take the braids out, give it a good shake out, and apply dry shampoo at the roots. If you have a little extra time in the morning, section out a horseshoe around the top of your head and tease the sections around the head for a little extra lift. The dry shampoo or volumizing powders will give it some grit to hold the volume. 

As far as haircuts go, cutting above the shoulder or mid-length collar bone is the best cut for people with an oily scalp. Longer, unmanageable hair tends to accentuate the oiliness and look more weighed down, while a shorter cut can better maintain a voluminous look. 


What hair types are more susceptible to an oily scalp?



The finer or less dense your hair is, the more an oily scalp will have a pronounced effect. 


How much shampoo and conditioner should you use?


The amount of shampoo and conditioner that you use can greatly affect your levels of scalp oil. Depending upon on the density of your hair, you should use approximately a quarter-size dollop of shampoo. If you have a lot of hair, you can usually start off with a little more.

Depending on the quality of your conditioner - this will determine how much or little you will use. The better quality the conditioner is, the less you will have to use. Need a good quality conditioner? Head to Briogeo to find the perfect conditioner tailored to your hair concerns. 



How often should you wash your hair?



Washing your hair really depends on your lifestyle. If you're someone who has an active lifestyle of going to the gym every day then washing it every day is ideal. First shampoo and condition, then on second-day hair just thoroughly rinse your hair with no shampoo and just condition lightly through the ends.

With an oily scalp, the more you wash your hair, the quick your scalp produces oil to replace all the oil that you stripped away. Your body wants to naturally produce oil, so over-cleansing your hair will just confuse your body into producing more. 

If you have medium density and not super fine hair, every three days is a good place to be. You can even push that to as long as a week depending on your hair health. Typically if your hair is really processed, it's best to wash close to once a week. 


Your hair is truly your crown, it deserves to be taken care of. 


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