Natural Home Remedies for Oily Hair
People with fine hair tend to have more oil glands and straight hair will appear oilier than curly hair. The oiliness of your hair may also depend somewhat on the weather or your DNA.
What you eat does make a difference in your hair because inflammation affects hair follicles. A healthy immune system is always the first line of defense against disease and inflammation. To promote a healthy immune system, it is important to eat a balanced diet, with as much variety as you can manage, with lots of whole, fresh vegetables and fruits, quality protein and healthy sources of monounsaturated fat. The Zone is an excellent nutrition plan.
FOODS THAT MAY PROMOTE HEALING
- Bone broth
- Foods rich in B vitamins
- Zinc-rich foods
FOODS AND OTHER SUBSTANCES TO REDUCE OR ELIMINATE
- Excessive fats (especially saturated fats)
- Fried foods
- Hormones in dairy products
- Sugar and refined carbohydrates
TEAS AND OTHER LIQUIDS
- Thyme tea for a hair rinse after a shampoo
Essential oils can be administered via a diffuser for inhalation, administered topically in a carrier oil (coconut, almond, olive, etc.), or undiluted drops can be added to a hot bath or compress. Add a few drops of one or more of these to your shampoo.
- Clary sage
- Tea tree
OTHER SUBSTANCES AND SUPPLEMENTS
The cost of having a blood test to determine if you have nutritional deficiencies is likely to be negligible compared to over-consuming expensive supplements that you do not need.
- Niacin may reduce sebum production
- Zinc (if deficient)
Proper hydration is necessary for the healthy production of cells, including hair follicles. Water is essential and a main nutrient for the human body. Without it, you cannot survive for many days. Staying hydrated is fundamental for a healthy body, which includes your head, so how much is enough? There are so many differences in people (i.e., how much we sweat), as well as the diets we consume (a lot of water comes from healthy, whole foods), but a general rule is to consume enough water that your urine is clear, but not so much that you dilute your nutrients. If you are taking certain supplements that make your urine yellow, then you can start out with the formula of drinking ½ to one ounce of water for each pound you weigh. If you weigh 130 pounds, drink 65 to 130 ounces of water a day. Definitely drink when you are thirsty.
Exercise, like food and quality sleep, will affect your hormone levels. It will also increase blood flow in the scalp. That exercise is beneficial for overall health is undisputed. If you are ill, you will want to take it easy, of course, but there is always something you can do to support your body. Do what you can without making yourself feel worse. Exercise in fresh air whenever possible.
Sleep affects hormone production. Studies show that lack of quality sleep affects the production of disease-fighting antibodies. If you wake in the morning after 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep feeling unrested, you aren’t getting enough sleep or you have an underlying health condition.
When you are under stress, your body produces more androgens (hormones), which in turn boost oil production. Stay calm. Anxiety undermines health. Practice relaxation exercises, talk to a friend, meditate. Do what works for you to stay mellow. Some of the following relaxation methods may be helpful for you:
- Art therapy
- Bach flower remedies
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Music Therapy
- Qi Gong
- Tai Chi
OTHER THINGS YOU CAN DO
- Be careful of using conditioners, which may make matters worse.
- Don’t over-brush.
- Dry hair in the opposite direction of growth to help add volume.
- Fuller’s Earth as a hair mask (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLZK_Oex3o0)
- Rinse hair with diluted apple cider vinegar.
- Rinse with distilled water and lemon juice.
- Shampoo frequently (what a nuisance).
- Try an egg yolk mask on your hair.
- Try using a different birth control pill.
- Use a shampoo with little or no oil.
- Use enough shampoo to leave your hair feeling clean afterward.
- Use witch hazel on your hair and scalp a few times a week before washing.
- There may be no underlying disease condition causing your oily hair but if there is something out of order, Homeopathy treats the whole patient based on all your symptoms, as does TCM, Ayurveda, SCIO and other alternative therapies.
- A wholesome, balanced diet
- Adequate hydration
- Regular exercise
- Low stress levels
- Quality sleep
- Clean hair