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Greasy is never glamorous, and your hair is no exception. Your scalp secretes oil to protect and nourish your hair, but excessive washing and styling pushes oil glands into high gear. The oil seeps down your hair and away from the scalp, leaving your hair gross and sticky and your scalp as flaky as the North Pole. Bring a bit of balance to your hair care routine to restore your hair to its former grease-free glory.
Eyeball your scalp. Part your hair down the middle and look at your scalp. Mild dry scalp, often characterized by mild itchiness and a small spattering of dry flakes, can be treated at home. If your head is cracked, weeping clear fluid or covered in thick scales, visit your doctor.
Go natural and cut back on styling. Frequent curling, blow drying and straightening causes your follicles to kick into overdrive to lubricate and protect hair from damage. Let your hair dry naturally, or swap your hot curling iron for soft foam rollers for curly tresses.
Give your head a break. Many women think they have to wash their hair every single day, which actually aggravates dry scalp and oily hair. If you wash too often, your scalp freaks out and produces too much oil, coating your locks and producing more dandruff. Wash your hair every other day with a gentle, glycerin-free shampoo and cool water. If you’re absolutely sure you have to do something with your hair every time you shower, rinse with just water on the days you don’t shampoo.
Apply a deep conditioner to your scalp to combat dry skin. Massage your scalp, working the conditioner into the parched skin. Let it soak in for 10 minutes and rinse. Slathering the conditioner on just your scalp moisturizes your head and blows away dandruff without adding more weight to oily hair.
Add equal parts water and apple cider vinegar to a cup and pour it over clean hair. Vinegar smooths the cuticle and reduces oily buildup without drying the scalp. As your hair dries, you’ll stop smelling like a salad bar and your hair will look like a million bucks.