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7 Dos and Don’ts for Managing Oily Hair

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Oily hair can be a frustrating problem. Not only can it look greasy and dirty, but it can also be difficult to manage. It can even lead to scalp acne. So, what do you do about this common beauty blunder? Let’s take a closer look at the seven dos and don’ts for managing oily hair.

1. Do Choose an Oily Hair or Cleansing Shampoo

Switching to the right products, such as curl cleansing shampoo or products specifically designed for oily hair, can help. These products don’t contain the creamy moisturizers that can weigh your hair down and add an extra residue that’s hard to wash out. Stay away from products containing added oils, such as argan oil, which can leave behind a greasy residue.

2. Don’t Wash Your Hair Too Often

Some of us wash our hair more during the warm months of the year. Whether you’re trying to come up with a healthy winter or summer hair routine, it’s important not to over-wash oily hair. Washing it more than once a day may seem effective, but it’s actually counterproductive because it can actually lead to more oil production.

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The American Academy of Dermatology advises washing your hair once a day if it’s very oily. You may be able to get away with washing your hair once every one to two days, but it’s ideal for making sure you plan your washes around your exercise or time spent outdoors during the warmer months. Others may find it useful to wash their hair in the morning.

3. Do Wash Your Pillowcase More Often

Did you know that your pillowcase could be a cause of oily hair? The oils from your face and hair end up on the material of the pillowcase. When you sleep on the pillowcase, those oils end up in your hair. Washing your pillowcase more often can make a difference. Some experts also recommend switching to a satin pillowcase, which is less absorbent.

4. Don’t Touch Your Hair Too Often

Running your fingers through your hair too much can increase oiliness. There are two reasons for this. Touching your hair too often can stimulate your hair to produce more oils. You also have oils on your skin that can transfer to your hair if you touch it too frequently. The same goes for over-brushing your hair. Try to leave your hair alone as much as possible.

5. Do Avoid Over-Conditioning Your Hair

Using less conditioner is one of the best ways to fix oily hair. Using too much conditioner — or using it in the wrong places — can make your hair oilier than it actually is. People with oily hair will want to avoid applying conditioner to their roots. This can leave your hair looking greasy and limp.

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6. Don’t Use Products With Silicone

Shampoos, conditioners, and other hair care products can contain silicone. Although these are designed to smooth hair and enhance how shiny it looks, they can be troublesome for people with oily hair. Silicone adds a gloss to your locks that make them appear greasy and oily while also weighing them down. Be sure to choose silicone-free products for your hair.

7. Do Clean Your Styling Tools

If using styling tools is a part of your hair care routine, it could be contributing to your oily hair problem. Your blow dryer brush, flat iron, curling iron, and hair brushes could be accruing buildup from products and adding them to your hair each time you style them. Cleaning your styling tools can help prevent this problem from occurring.

These are just seven dos and don’ts for managing oily hair. Taking some extra time to change up your hair care routine can make a huge difference in your hair’s appearance.

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