Whether your hair is naturally greasy or you simply don’t have time to wash it every day – we get it! – these clever ways to combat excess oil and hide less-than-fresh hair are equally effective whether you’re at home, work or on the move. Never let a bad hair day get you down!
1. Be oil savvy
If your hair type is greasy, it may be there’s a genetic factor – are your parents’ mops a little on the oily side? Greasy hair can also be the result of touching and brushing your hair too often, which stimulates the sebaceous glands so that they produce more of the sebum that occurs naturally to protect the scalp and hair. Some people produce more sebum in the summer months, too, as the sebaceous glands may become overactive in warmer weather.
It’s important to wash your hair regularly, but you’ll be pleased to know that three times a week is actually fine, according to experts. Washing every day can actually strip hair of these natural oils, triggering increased production of the sebum that makes it look oily in the first place. A deep-cleansing shampoo that’s specifically formulated for oily hair, such as Head & Shoulders Citrus Fresh anti-dandruff shampoo, has a blend of citrus essences, which purifies your scalp to remove oil. When using conditioner, only apply it from mid-lengths to the ends so you’re not overloading already oil-prone roots.
2. Invest in a pretty silk scarf
Brush your hair out and secure in a low ponytail at the back. Then wrap a pretty silk scarf over the top of your head and either tie at the back underneath your ponytail or twist the ends into a knot on top of your head. Secure using a couple of grips if needed. The beauty of this is that it’s a look that only gets better – as strands from your low pony work loose during the day it begins to look artfully ‘undone’. Beautiful!