In summer, avoiding that our hair grease is a real challenge, high heat, too long exposure to UV rays of the sun or even moisture promotes the appearance of greasy hair.
Having oily hair is a much more common problem than one might think, in France it is estimated that 40% of people have oily hair. Characterized by an overproduction of sebum from the sebaceous glands of the scalp, the causes of oily hair are multiple.
But don’t worry! Greasy hair is not a fatality, let’s review the main causes and factors of this problem. You will find in this article, our tips and tricks to fight against oily hair and set up a hair routine to spend a summer without hair worries.
When it is hot and sunny, the hair tends to grease more often, before wanting to embark on a greasy hair routine, it is necessary to learn about the most common factors of overproduction and secretion of sebum.
- Genetics: Not everyone has greasy hair. Some people have naturally more active sebaceous glands, resulting in excessive production of natural sebum.
- Hormones: Mainly during adolescence, pregnancy or menopause, disruption and hormonal fluctuations tend to stimulate the production of sebum.
- Food : Often forgotten, an unbalanced diet can play an important role, we advise you to reduce if possible the consumption of fatty foods and derived from refined sugar (very present in industrial prepared dishes).
- Touching the hair : Even if this is not a factor contributing to the overproduction of sebum, passing your hands too often in your hair will contribute to the spread of sebum on your hair, making them look more oily.
Use of inappropriate products: Shampoos or after shampoos too aggressive or rich in silicones will disturb the natural balance of the scalp and increase the production of sebum.
- Stress: Being in a state of stress can trigger the production of cortisol that stimulates the overproduction of sebum when stress becomes chronic.
Having oily hair can be the cause of dandruff on your scalp, indeed an increased production of sebum will be beneficial to the proliferation of a small fungus called Malassezia. Present permanently on our hair, excessive growth of its yeast can lead to itching, irritation, or desquamations that result in the appearance of dandruff.
To treat dandruff problems as well as oily hair, we advise you to use our oily hair routine coupled with the use of a gentle anti-dandruff shampoo as well as a anti-dandruff cure* using our serum.
When you have oily hair, it is generally recommended to wash your hair 2 to 3 times a week. The sebum appears at the roots of your hair and moves up to your tips, a daily washing of your hair will prevent the sebum from reaching your tips, the sebaceous glands will produce more sebum to try to fulfill their task.
Our advice: Wash your hair with a recurrence of 2 to 3 days depending on your scalp. On days when you don’t wash them, you can use a dry shampoo to absorb excess oil and prevent your hair from greasing.
To start, avoid aggressive and heavy styling products such as gels, waxes or oils. If you use styling products, opt for light formulas.
It is best to avoid shampoos and conditioners containing chemicals such as sulphates as well as too moisturizing or rich products as they can weigh down the hair. Prioritize gentle shampoos, sebum regulating shampoos and conditioners or masks that do not make hair heavy.
To preserve her hair and put all the chances on her side to curb the overproduction of sebum it is possible, in addition to a greasy hair routine, to make some changes in your lifestyle. A balanced diet and a reduction of stress will become your allies to fight against greasing hair.
During the summer period, one is more inclined to let go (holidays, sun, evening with friends or family) even if some gaps have very little impact on your hair, a too high recurrence and a repeated food imbalance will lead to increased sebum production. Here are some tips to keep a balanced diet even in the summer.
Avoid overconsumption of foods high in saturated fatty acids (bad fats), such as fried foods, sauces or prepared industrial dishes, and refined sugars.
Preferred eating foods rich in omega 3 and high in protein such as fatty fish (salmon, sardine, tuna), lean meat (chicken, turkey), eggs and vegetables.
As an alternative to meat and fish there are products such as soy, chickpeas, buckwheat, linseed and oil.
Good hydration is just as important to maintain a healthy scalp. Make sure you hydrate enough (even more so during periods of high heat in the future).
Stress promotes the production of hormones and, when it becomes chronic, can disrupt our body. In order to combat stress and preserve your body and hair we will review some methods to best regulate it.
Exercise regularly, whether it is gentle (walking, yoga, meditation) or intense, the sport helps to release endorphins, the “happiness hormones” that promote well-being and relaxation. Sessions ranging from 20 min to 1h00 3 to 5 times a week.
Having a regular sleep rhythm, falling asleep and waking up at fixed times is necessary to allow the body to regenerate and regulate stress. Before you fall asleep, it is advisable to stop the screens and swap them for a good book or soft music.
Take time to relax and engage in activities that you like, reading, music, walking, take care of your skin and face with our beauty routine cosmetics.
If you have persistent oily hair problems despite your efforts and your oily hair routine, it may be useful to consult a hair health professional (trichologist) or a dermatologist to determine the sub-causesunderlying excess sebum production.
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