Oily Hair in Women

Every day won't be a bad hair day once you get oil under control.

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Women with oily hair are at the mercy of their hormones. Just like acne is caused by excess oil, lank locks happen when the sebaceous glands in your scalp get out of control. When your hair looks like you've been through a week-long survival training by the end of the day, it's time to treat oily hair with a brand-new shampoo strategy.

Shampoo Your 'Do

Just like you wouldn't slather a greasy moisturizer on acne-prone skin, don't use shampoos formulated for dry hair on an oily scalp. Avoid shampoos that do double duty -- those with built-in conditioners and styling agents -- and don't believe the urban legend that shampooing more often makes your hair oilier. Hyperactive oil glands on your scalp create the grease, not your shampoo. Most people with oily hair have oily skin as well and should wash frequently (daily or every other day) to control breakouts along the hairline. Frequency really depends on individual need. If you wash your hair daily, use a regular gentle shampoo. Choose one formulated for oily hair if your hair needs serious grease relief. When you suds up in the shower, massage shampoo into your scalp and root area rather than scrubbing your entire head. Leave the shampoo in a few extra minutes for a deeper clean. Rinse your hair very well; shampoo residue can cause buildup on your scalp, which only contributes to lackluster tresses.

TLC for Your Ends

You can have oily hair around the roots and still have parched ends. There's no reason to part ways with your hair conditioner. Try this trick: Apply the conditioner on the length and ends of your hair only, carefully avoiding your scalp and root area. Tip your head back in the shower when rinsing so a backwash of conditioner doesn't get on your scalp.

Oily Hair Hazards

An oily scalp might be responsible for that breakout along your hairline, so that's one more reason to step up cleansing of your hair. However, stringy locks may also eventually lead to something even more aesthetically displeasing: dandruff. If you're washing your hair every day and can't seem to shake those white flakes, use a medicated dandruff shampoo every other day until you get dandruff under control.

Other Tips

Managing oily hair involves a bit of trial and error as you narrow down your list of effective shampoos and pinpoint the hair-washing frequency that works best for you. When you wash your hair at night, you give overactive oil glands a head start on the day; shampoo first thing in the morning for cleaner, bouncier hair. Don't give your scalp reason to produce more oil by fidgeting with your bangs or touching your hairline. Keep brushing and combing to a minimum -- excess styling transfers the oil from your roots to the rest of your hair.

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