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If you have naturally combination or oily skin, you most likely also have an oily scalp. Oily scalps can be unpleasant to deal with, especially in hot and humid climates, and when left unmanaged, oily scalps get even oilier, and can lead to scalp issues such as premature hair loss. Like oily skin, you can manage oily scalps, but unlike the skin covering your face, the scalp is thicker, has more blood vessels and sebaceous glands. This is so that the scalp can produce sebum to protect hair.
The Causes of Oil Scalp
While producing sebum is part of the scalp’s job to protect itself, it is important to keep your scalp cleansed so it doesn’t get overly oily. When sebum builds up on the scalp, it also traps dead skin cells, dirt and pollutant particles. That clogs up the hair follicles and can lead to hair thinning, hair loss, itching and scalp acne. Oily scalps can also happen due to hormonal changes. Aside from the oily feeling, sebum from the scalp will also travel down the hair so you would notice your hair looking flat and feeling greasier to touch.
Treating Oily Scalp
First, you need to get rid of any oil-based hair care and hair-styling products in your routine. Then, shampoo your hair daily, once to twice a day, to keep pesky oil production under control. If you prefer to shampoo once a day, do it at night. If you go to bed without washing your hair, you’re basically sleeping with excess oil, chemical residue, sweat and dead skin cells on the scalp, and that can lead to clogged follicles and eventually, hair loss. Shampoo-wise, it is not necessary to get one formulated for oily scalps as that can be overly drying on the scalp.
Opt for shampoos like DrGL® Cleanser Hair (Anti-Hairloss) that boosts blood circulation, and nourishes and protects hair from the root to promote healthy hair growth. As you shampoo, make sure you massage your scalp with your fingertips to remove any lingering debris. When you use conditioner, keep it to the hair ends. To effectively maintain the health of your oily scalp, treat it to a monthly scalp treatment every month. Suitable for all scalp types, including oily ones, DrHair® Deep Cleanse scalp treatment works to keep scalp health in check with its use of DrHair hair care products and an ionto technology that boosts the absorption of active ingredients.
By Simone Wu
Simone is a freelance writer, and has been writing and editing for over 13 years. She was formerly a beauty editor at Her World, Simply Her and The Singapore Women’s Weekly.
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