6 ways to manage greasy hair at home

Suffering from Oily Hair? Check out these home remedies that'll help you fight it.

Does your hair get greasy within a day or two of washing it with shampoo? Does it lose its volume and look dull and lifeless? Hair can often look weighed down when it gets oily. Even without applying oil if your hair turns greasy soon enough, it is clear that you need to address this problem as washing your hair too many times can also have ill-effects. Using a natural remedy can come in handy. But first, let's find out why some people have such hair.

Why hair becomes greasy

Oily hair is a result of excessive production of oil by the glands in the scalp because of several causes heredity, hair that s very fine in texture, hormonal fluctuations in the menstrual cycle or as a side-effect in people who use androgenic hormones to bulk up body mass. Some people also develop oily hair if there is too much shampoo residue left over on the hair because of insufficient rinsing. If you have oily hair, here are a few natural home remedies that could help you cope.

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Lemon Juice

Lemon juice not only contains vital vitamins and minerals that promote healthy hair, it can also help keep excessive oiliness at bay. The lemon juice is also an effective way of getting rid of shampoo build-up on your hair. Here are some more uses of lemon juice for your beauty.

  • Squeeze out the juice from one small lemon, dilute it with a cup of water, mix well and apply to your scalp.
  • Leave it on for a few minutes and then rinse with warm water and a mild shampoo.

Tea Rinse

Tea contains an astringent substance called tannic acid; this helps to prevent the build-up of excessive oil on the scalp by tightening the pores.

  • Dip a tea bag in some warm water and apply the resulting tea to your scalp.
  • Leave on for a few minutes and then rinse out with a mild shampoo.

Baking Soda

When used in a highly diluted form, baking soda can help to curb oiliness in the hair.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar also has an astringent effect that helps to reduce the oil build-up on hair.

Henna and Eggs

  • Break an egg and empty the contents into a bowl and mix in about 3 tablespoons of henna powder.
  • Add in 2 tablespoons of honey and 1 tablespoon of olive oil and mix everything together adding in a little warm water to give a pasty mass.
  • Apply this to the hair; leave it on for about 2 hours and then rinse out completely before washing your hair with a mild shampoo.(Also read: Home remedies for hair loss that actually work)

Home-made Shampoo

Often, oily hair may also be the result of a strong shampoo that does not get completely washed out and therefore, leaves residues on the hair, giving it an oily and dull appearance. In such cases, the best option is to use a mild shampoo or substitute a mixture of equal parts of shikakaiand reetha powder that cleanse your hair without leaving any oiliness behind.

  • Alternatively, you could make your own shampoo at home by mixing a tablespoon of lemon juice with a teaspoon of aloe vera gel.
  • This shampoo will keep for about a week if you store it under refrigeration.

Oil is a natural secretion of the scalp and plays a protective role in keeping hair healthy. However, there may be occasions when too much oil is secreted and this can make your hair look stringy and lifeless. If you find you need to keep washing your hair more than twice a week to keep it looking fresh, it s time you made use of these home remedies to manage the oily hair.

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