Oily Scalp, Dry Ends? Your Solution is Here
When it comes to a healthy head of hair, finding the perfect balance is key. All too often, hair care mistakes can result in dry, oily hair, with greasy roots and lifeless ends. Whether you’re vigilant about your hair care regime or take a more laissez-faire approach, we all fall victim to this hair concern from time to time. Luckily, a few changes in your daily routine can help reset your hair and add some much-needed moisture. Read on to discover what causes the oily scalp dry ends combination and learn a few simple habits and oily hair products to achieve luscious locks from root to tip.
Understanding the sebum cycle
Sebum is the oil your scalp produces to moisturise hair at the follicle and protect the skin. Consider it a natural conditioner – it hydrates the hair and plays a necessary role in scalp care. But too much can cause your hair to look flat and oily, and if left untreated, excessive build up can even lead to hair loss.
Many factors play a role in how much sebum your scalp produces. Some influences include hormonal changes, diet, medications, aging and fluctuations throughout the month depending on your hormonal cycle. So if you’re finding that you’re suddenly faced with oily hair roots but dry ends, don’t fret – it’s likely just due to natural changes, and a few switch-ups in your hair care routine will have you back to normal.
Tips to manage oily roots, dry ends
Regularly washing hair helps to rid excess sebum as well as other unwanted elements like sweat, dirt and dead skin. It’s a delicate balance to wash hair just enough to keep it clean, but not so much that it takes away all the nutrients and protective oils from your scalp. After the cleansing process, a high quality conditioner is needed to reseal hair and add hydration.
Looking after your scalp is essential when trying to dodge the oily roots dry ends combo. The scalp, like the rest of the body, is a complex ecosystem that must be maintained with care and attention. Let’s take a look at some of the daily habits that will keep your scalp balanced and maintain light and lustrous lengths.
Tip 1: Use dry shampoo between washes
We all know what it’s like on those days between washes, when hair feels weighed down and slick to the touch. A few spritzes of a Fresh Affair Dry Shampoo for oily and dry hair can be a game-changer for moments like these. It will absorb excess sebum and leave hair feeling fresh. What’s more, the whole process only takes a few seconds, which is useful when time is of the essence.
Tip 2: Brush hair from roots to endsThe reason you’re experiencing an oily scalp dry ends issue could have something to do with the way you’re brushing your hair. Ends tend to dry out and split because they lack moisture that protects them from the elements. To evenly distribute the hydrating natural oils from your scalp, ensure that you’re brushing all the way down from the roots to the ends of your hair. As well as bringing nutrients to the ends and preventing them from getting brittle, it removes some extra sebum from your roots that might make them appear greasy.
Tip 3: Don’t over wash
It’s true that cleansing is essential to maintaining a healthy scalp, but make sure you don’t overdo it. Getting overzealous with the shampoo is an easy way to end up with a dry scalp and dull, lifeless hair. While there are no strict guidelines on how often to wash your hair, every two to three days is a good rule of thumb. So if you’re the kind of person that washes daily, you may want to consider paring it back.
Best hair care products for oily roots, dry ends
Of course, using products that are specifically designed for this hair concern will help to set you on the right track. It may be tempting to reach for something to rid your hair of all sebum, but this may just exacerbate the imbalance in your hair. Dry, oily hair is a frustration for many, so we designed the Spécifique Divalent collection to promote a balanced sebum cycle with deep root cleansing, instant volume and fibre hydration.
Spécifique Bain Divalent Balancing Shampoo
For a targeted cleanser, a good place to start is with Spécifique Bain Divalent, our signature oily roots dry ends shampoo. Formulated with amino acids and vitamin B6, it gently cleanses the scalp to remove excess oil and odours. A quick wash will leave hair feeling ultra-soft and shiny, and restore a boost of volume to flat hair. For an added touch of luxury.
Spécifique Argile Équilibrante Hair Cleanser Clay Shampoo
Those looking to take their hair care to the next level should consider a once-a-week treatment with Argile Équilibrante Cleansing Clay Shampoo. With a luxurious and creamy texture, this purifying kaolin clay product absorbs any extra sebum and debris on the scalp that may be missed during regular washes. Lather into wet hair from the roots down, and after a thorough rinse, hair will feel deeply nourished and lifted at the roots.
Spécifique Masque Rehydratant Hydrating Mask
Finally, treat your scalp with a Spécifique Masque Réhydratant. This lightweight green jelly hair mask is the last step in the Spécifique Divalent collection, and works to instantly revive dehydrated hair and keep it smooth and detangled. It is developed with amino acids to limit hair stress oxidation, and ceramides to secure moisture and increase resistance to breakage. Massage into wet hair and rinse for balanced scalp oils and improved shine.
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