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Sometimes, why does it feel like no matter what you do, your hair feels like an oil slick by the end of the day? It’s enough to frustrate even the calmest of individuals. Seriously, it’s super-annoying when you wash your strands in the morning, only to be left with greasy looks by the time you hit the hay. Enter: clay. A popular ingredient in the skin care universe, clay is starting to pop up in hair care formulas as well these days. Curious? Keep reading to find out how clay works, plus tips for helping to keep your hair grease-free.
Clay masks are always a popular skin care pick for a variety of different complexion issues you might be dealing with. That’s because clay has a wide range of benefits including helping to lift dirt, oil, and impurities that have piled up on skin’s surface. And specific clays have different abilities.
When it comes to your hair, here’s what’s going on: Oil produced from your scalp can build up (much like oil from your skin can build up in your pores!), causing roots to look greasy—and even weighing your hair down. (Ugh, who wants that?!) Plus, if you keep washing your hair to try to combat this, you might actually strip your strands of much-needed moisture—and cause it to try to produce even more oil to make up for this. It’s a vicious cycle. That’s where clay comes in!
Want to try clay in your hair care routine? It’s possible now! Here are three products to check out if you’re interested in getting your clay on:
Formulated with three refined clays, this shampoo can help to purify oily roots.
How to use it: Apply the shampoo to wet hair, massaging it into your scalp, then rinse.
This conditioner, formulated with three refined clays, hydrates dry lengths while purifying oily roots.
How to use it: After shampooing, applying the conditioner and leave it on for one to three minutes, then rinse.
Dry shampoo can be a total lifesaver. Not time to shower after a workout, even if your strands are sopped in sweat? Dry shampoo it is! Want to extend the life of a blowout, even if your roots are starting to look a little shiny? Yep, dry shampoo again. This dry shampoo is formulated with three refined clays to absorb oil at the roots and help refresh hair between shampoos.
How to use it: Holding the can six to eight inches away from your hair, spray the dry shampoo directly on oily roots and lightly throughout the rest of your hair. Then, brush it through the lengths of your hair.
Now that you’ve been schooled on the benefits of clay for oily hair, get ready to keep your mane in tip-top shape! Follow this guide for gorgeous, healthy-looking hair:
1. Shampoo smartly. Like we told you earlier, when you over-wash your hair, that can backfire—it can cause your hair to produce even more oil to make up for what’s been removed during the cleansing process. So, try to limit how many times a week you lather up—and opt for lukewarm water when you do, since hot water can also strip your strands of moisture.
2. Condition sparingly. When it comes to conditioner, only apply this to your ends to avoid greasing up your roots.
3. Invest in dry shampoo. This product is the holy grail of products for so many women—and for good reason. Thanks to its oil-absorbing abilities, dry shampoo is worth having on-hand for those moments when you don’t have the time (or, let’s face it, the energy) to wash your hair—even if your roots are visibly greasy. Now no one will ever know just how infrequently you shampoo!