If you deal with extremely oily hair 一 we’re talking greasy in less than 24 hours 一 then you’re likely familiar with the contradictory information out there about how to best care for your hair. Some hairstylists swear that daily washing is terrible and therefore you should try oil training your hair. Others will tell you that your excess oil is simply the result of the products you're using. And while one hair care routine won’t work for everyone with greasy strands, there are some things to keep in mind when caring for your oily hair. Ahead, we’re sharing a hair care routine to try for your oily hair, plus tips and tricks to help your mane look and feel its best.
1. Use a Purifying Shampoo 一 As Frequently As Necessary
Despite what you’ve heard about daily hair washing, it’s not the devil 一 it might actually be necessary for you. According to the Cleveland Clinic, the sebaceous glands in the scalp which are responsible for producing oil are controlled by hormones 一 and how frequently you wash your hair does not affect the production of oil. So if you’ve tossed hair care products thinking they were the culprit of excess oil and you’re still experiencing greasiness, then you just might need to wash your hair daily.
When washing your hair, it’s important to use a shampoo that’s formulated to address your concerns 一 in this case excess oil. The L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Scalp Care + Detox Shampoo is great because it contains menthol and neem leaf extract to purify and detoxify the scalp, giving it and your strands a deep cleanse.
2. Condition Only the Lengths of Your Hair
Conditioner is essential for adding back necessary moisture into your hair, but piling it onto your scalp could contribute to oil and buildup. Instead, use a conditioner like the
L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Scalp Care + Detox Conditioner and apply a generous amount to the lengths of your hair only. Leave on for one to two minutes and rinse with lukewarm water.
3. Use a Scalp Scrub Once Per Week
Scalp scrubs are great for exfoliating the scalp in addition to cutting through excess oil and buildup to deeply cleanse the area. We love the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Scalp Care + Detox Scrub because it’s formulated with apricot seeds to gently exfoliate and remove impurities. Plus, it contains menthol which leaves the scalp feeling fresh. Using it once a week is a great way to continuously remove oil and keep the scalp clean.
4. Use a Deep Conditioning Mask Weekly
While using an ultra-hydrating, deep conditioning mask might seem counterintuitive when you have oily hair, hear us out. Unfortunately, one of the results of daily hair washing can be dryness at your ends. To address this, it’s helpful to use a nourishing mask like the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Total Repair 5 Damage Erasing Balm Rinse-Out Mask on the lengths of your hair. It contains a protein concentrate and almond oil to repair the hair and give it the nourishment it needs.
5. Use Dry Shampoo in Between Washes
If you’re in a time crunch and can’t wash your hair, rely on the power of dry shampoo in between washing to mitigate greasiness. The L’Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Air Volume Dry Shampoo works to soak up excess oil, add volume and make the hair appear fresh and clean.
6. Finish Off With a Hair Oil
The final step in your hair care routine is applying a hydrating hair oil to the lengths of your hair to lock in moisture and create shine. While this probably sounds counterintuitive when you’re already dealing with oily hair, applying a nourishing oil to dry, damaged ends can enhance the look and feel of the hair. Try the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Oil Treatment. It nourishes dry strands and transforms them into soft, shiny, hydrated hair.
Written by: Alyssa Kaplan, Photography: Matthew Kelly, Art Director: Hannah Packer, Creative Producer: Becca Solovay