Does greasy hair drive you crazy? This granny trick for oily hair will save you the hassle!

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Have you ever washed your hair in the evening to woke up to it being greasy in the morning? Or did you do your best to style your hair professionally like in a salon, and a few hours later the hairstyle looks lifeless and limp? This is unfortunately common for those with oily hair. Although all hair types can have problems with rapid oiliness, those with very thin hair usually have the biggest problems with oiliness.

Why and how does it happen? While your scalp produces sebum or natural oil, it soaks the roots and the strands succumb to the weight of the oil faster. An excessively oily scalp can lead to unpleasant itching, dandruff, and seborrheic dermatitis, so the primary goal is to get rid of excess sebum. But at the same time, you have to be careful not to remove all the oil. Your natural oils protect your hair and are vital for a healthy scalp and shiny hair. Fortunately, there are safe and completely natural solutions that our grandmothers used.

Here’s how to get rid of excess sebum without damaging your hair or irritating your scalp …

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Wash your hair more often

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Irregular washing and frequent reliance on dry shampoo can clog pores and force the scalp to produce even more oil. On the other hand, we are used to listening to the advice of experts who claim that hair is not supposed to be washed too often, but according to the American Academy of Dermatology, people with very oily hair should shampoo their hair once a day. The shampoo helps to remove excess oil, as well as accumulated impurities and residues of hair products. If you notice that your hair is still oily, try to pause for 24 hours and wash your hair every other day.

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Wash your hair properly

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Washing your hair is not a science, but if you do it wrong, you will most likely end up with an oily scalp. It is necessary to gently massage a small amount of shampoo into the hair root. Avoid massaging the scalp with nails or creating unnecessary friction on the strands. Aggressive scrubbing can irritate your scalp and encourage the production of more oil. Focus on the scalp, not the ends. Do not apply shampoo directly to the ends of the hair, nor rub them. Instead, simply let the shampoo run down your hair to the ends while rinsing your scalp. Also, be careful with the conditioner. The conditioner can additionally oil the hair and stimulate the increased sebum secretion. Condition only the ends of the hair and be sure to rinse them well.

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Allow your hair to air dry

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An iron and hair dryer will ensure smooth, silky hair, but will also make it greasy faster. Instead of treating your hair with warm air, try letting it dry on its own and embrace its natural texture. Not only will your hair get less greasy, but you will also avoid breaking and damaging your hair. If you want to strengthen your hair, make it shinier and promote its growth, it would be good to include a collagen supplement in your daily routine. Collagen Boost is a liquid dietary supplement that ensures the health and beauty of skin, hair, nails, and joints.

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Choose the right products

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If you are struggling with oily hair, the best option is to wash it with a shampoo with a restorative effect, and without silicone. However, if your hair gets greasy so fast that it looks dirty the next day, use a dry shampoo between the two washes to help it look freshly washed in just a few seconds. It is very important to know how to apply dry wash shampoo. Hold the bottle six to ten centimeters from the head, and after spraying the scalp, massage the product evenly into the scalp with your fingertips. This is crucial because otherwise white spots will remain on the hair, which you do not want to happen. In addition to dry shampoo, there are texture sprays, which also slightly mattify the root. If you have an unpleasant experience with dry shampoos, reach for the baby powder that is gentler on the scalp and absorbs excess oil equally well.

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Wash the brush

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Freshly washed hair will not stay clean for long if you brush it with a dirty brush. The bristles deposit small particles of hair styling products, conditioners, dead skin cells, and natural oils – all those impurities will get your strands dirty in a few strokes with a brush. Occasionally clean the brush with mild soap to remove dirt, and be sure to remove any fallen hair after each use.

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Deeply clean your hair with aloe vera

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This home remedy is useful at any time of the year. Aloe vera can serve as an excellent mask for oily hair and scalp. It removes excess oil, deeply cleanses and soothes the scalp, provides protection, and nourishes the hair, making it soft, healthy, and shiny.

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Be gentle on your hair

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Whether you are washing, brushing, styling your hair, or combing, it is important to be gentle. By irritating the scalp, you can irritate it and encourage your sebaceous glands to produce even more oil.

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Use coconut oil as a hair mask

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The next time you want to apply a mask to your hair, reach into the kitchen for coconut oil. Simply massage it into your hair (gently massage your scalp for a few minutes) and let it sit for a few hours or overnight. Coconut oil can help remove oil from the scalp and roots while providing deep hydration.

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Try Grandma’s trick with alcohol vinegar

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Many do not know that apple cider vinegar is a powerful ally in the fight against oily hair. Pour a little bit of apple cider vinegar into a glass and dilute it with water, then pour over the washed hair and leave it for a few minutes and rinse it with water. The result is impressive, you will get rid of accumulated deposits on the scalp and hair, and the hair will be perfectly clean and without greasy shine.

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Rinse your hair with tea

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Some teas, like green and black, help fight oily hair. If your hair gets oily quickly, you can add two tablespoons of lemon juice or homemade apple cider vinegar to a liter of chilled tea for a stronger effect. For dark hair, black tea is recommended to help maintain dark hair color, while for lighter hair, green tea is better. 2002 study showed that antibacterial tea tree oil helps fight dandruff, reduces itching, and slows hair oiliness. Remember, apply the tea on your hair before the last rinse, after washing your hair with shampoo.

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Use honey as a hair mask

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Thanks to its antibacterial and antifungal properties, the honey mask can help soothe the scalp and fight dandruff. A 2001 study found that a simple blend of 90% raw honey and 10% water helps reduce the symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis such as itching, redness, flaking, but also excessive sebum secretion.

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