Guide to Oily hair

What Causes Oily Hair?

Excess oil in your hair usually occurs for two reasons: issues in the scalp or poor beauty habits. To get to the root of the problem, you’ll need to understand the science behind hair growth. Every pore on your skin has a sebaceous gland, including your scalp. The sebaceous glands secrete an oily substance called sebum, which gives your hair its natural shine. Sebum keeps your hair healthy and smooth, and it keeps the hair from becoming dry and breaking. However, some sebaceous glands produce an excess of oil, which results in oily skin and greasy hair.

Excessive oil production can occur for several reasons. It can be hereditary or due to hormonal changes (puberty or pregnancy), or even changes in seasons, lifestyle, or climate. Poor diet, improper hair care, and some medicines can also impact how oily your hair is.

How to Prevent Oily Hair

Controlling oily hair is within your own hands… literally. You can help prevent oily hair simply by keeping your hands off of it! This goes for brushing your hair as well, as both further distribute grease throughout your strands.

Greasy hair is also a cyclical problem. Over washing or excess scrubbing during shampooing can irritate the scalp, causing more oil. Once you strip your hair of its natural oils, your scalp goes into oil production overload. For this reason alone, do NOT wash your hair more than once a day. It’s important to rinse your hair in cold water for a minimum of 30 seconds to ensure that all shampoo and conditioner is out of your hair. Hot water stimulates the sebaceous glands, while cold water helps shut them down. Cool water also helps close your cuticle, reducing damage to your hair.

Let your hair air dry naturally, or keep the heat at a minimum, as often as possible. Similar to hot water, hot air can stimulate oil production faster.

Too much product can also cause buildup on the scalp, leading to excess grease. While you don’t need to stop using styling products altogether if your hair is naturally oily, you just need to know how to choose the right styling products.

How to Manage Oily Hair

Did you know you can actually train your hair to be less greasy? A well-designed care regimen for oily hair begins with a mild shampoo and a careful cleansing routine. A lightweight conditioner can help replenish and balance the moisture on your scalp without sending it into overproduction mode. Many times, a perceived accumulation of oils in hair is actually due to a poor rinse job

An oily scalp is a vicious cycle made worse by attempts at reversing the problem. Ideally, you should be able to go 2-3 days between shampoos to get oil production under control. Be patient, as you won’t get there overnight. In the meantime, you can experiment with dry shampoos and hair powders that are designed to help soak up that oil without stripping your scalp of its natural oils.

Finally, remember that you are what you eat, and your intake of B vitamins directly correlates with your level of sebum production. Make sure you’re getting a sufficient amount of the B vitamins (B2 and B6 in particular) to help combat greasy hair.

Common Oily-Hair Concerns

Oily hair can be lifeless and therefore challenging to style. But the worst case scenario is for the sebum glands to clog the hair roots, resulting in excessive hair loss and dandruff. Here are some tips and tricks to address these oily-hair concerns and get you back on the road to healthy hair, with the good kind of shine.


An excess build-up of oil on the scalp can lead to dandruff. Many dandruff sufferers produce an excess amount of skin oil that combines with Malassezia (a yeast commonly found on the scalp), which can irritate the skin.

 Hair Loss

An oily scalp is often associated with hair loss. The excess oil production is a sign of inflammation, and when hair follicles are inflamed, hair growth is slowed because the hair produced is weaker in structure. Severe cases that are left untreated block the hair follicles, inhibiting the natural growth cycle.

 Limp and Lifeless Hair

Too much oil will weigh your hair down, leaving it limp and lifeless. Those with fine and straight hair are most susceptible.

What Are the Best Products for Oily Hair?

  1. Bhringaraja Taila - The all-in-one haircare treatment to tackle a plethora of hair and scalp problems, this rich and nourishing oil has been formulated from a classical Ayurvedic recipe. Traditionally the big secret to a long, glossy mane, the false daisy, enriched in vitamins and minerals is scientifically proven to fight bacteria and fungus, promote hair growth, relax muscles, improve sleep and mood. Coupled with the thyme-leafed gratiola, spiked ginger lily, babchi, country mallow and other specialized herbs, this nutritive blend conditions, nourishes and retains moisture for healthy, smooth, shiny hair.

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  1. Classic Hair Cleanser- A sulfate-free, dual action hair cleanser that not only cleanses but also nourishes and protects hair. Enriched with a blend of Ayurvedic herbs, it prevents hair fall, and deeply conditions dry/damaged hair. It prevents hair loss and treats dandruff, while adding shine. Its deep hydration actives restore moisture to dry hair. It protects hair from environmental damage, chemicals and hair styling treatments.
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  1. Classic Hair Conditioner - A deep hydrating and moisture-balancing conditioner formulated with fortifying herbs along with silk protein. It protects and repairs damaged hair. It instantly restores shine, and softens frizzy hair.
    72 hrs deep hydration
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    • Natural origin surfactant
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