Having oily hair sometimes seems like a curse. You have to wash it daily, it tends to stick to your scalp, you beautiful bangs separates in greasy strands and you’re sick of having to use dry shampoo on your roots. But, believe it or not, having oily hair, just like having oily skin, also comes with some surprising advantages. The sebum – the natural oil produced by the glands in your scalp – protects your hair, makes it shiny, and prevents breakage. Also, it makes your hair far easier to style. However, make no mistake, an oily hair is not necessarily a hydrated hair. Even when your hair is greasy, it still needs moisture. And the best way to moisturize your hair is by using a hair mask. Not sure what your hair needs? Check out this article before reading further: Does your hair need proteins or moisture? Do a simple test to find out!
Add essential oils to your hair masks for oily hair!
It is a misconception that if you have oily hair you should completely exclude oils from your hair treatments. Au contraire! Oils help seal the cuticles and lock in moisture and they can balance sebum production. You just need to use the right oils and balance the final product with the help of other ingredients, such as alcohol or apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar, in particular, is known to regulate sebum production and clean off the residues from your hair and scalp, leaving your hair soft and shiny. If you have long hair, keep in mind that your hair might be oily in the proximity of your scalp, but dry at the ends. In this case, you should use two different hair masks – one for your dry roots and one for oily hair.
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That being said, regardless of the hair mask recipe you decide to use, you can also add a couple of essential oils to enhance its benefits. Essential oils such as Jasmine, Lavender, Tea Tree, Cedarwood, Rose, Ylang Ylang, Rosemary and Geranium have numerous benefits for your hair and scalp:
- They soothe the scalp;
- They help heal the skin;
- They fight bacterial and fungal disorders;
- They treat dandruff
- They increase circulation to the scalp and they prevent and reduce stress induced hair loss;
- They stimulate hair growth;
- They slow the greying process;
- They regulate sebum production;
- They add shine and softness to your hair;
- They prevent split ends;
- They moisturize and strengthen the hair follicles;
- They moisturize and restore shine to dry ends;
- They prevent and calm skin irritations;
- They increase dermal thickness;
- They nourish the hair and scalp.
However, if your hair is oily, the best essential oils are those that “cut” through grease and help your scalp balance its sebum secretion. The most effective essential oils for greasy hair are:
- Lemon essential oil
- Peppermint essential oil
- Basil essential oil
- Tea Tree essential oil
- Orange essential oil
- Lemongrass essential oil
- Bergamot essential oil
Remember, your hair might be oily – and that’s a type – but it is still unique. This means that you have to see what works for you. Try different ingredients, play with the textures and time of action and discover which is the best alternative for you. That being said, here are 5 basic hair mask recipes to start with:
Hair mask for oily hair with baking soda and apple cider vinegar
This hair treatment for greasy hair will regulate sebum production and leave your hair shinny and manageable. Mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda with a few drops of water and 1-2 drops of an essential oil of your choice to create a paste. Apply it on your hair and leave it on for a few minutes. Then add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to some water and use it to rinse your hair. Apply this treatment once a week.
Strawberry hair mask for greasy hair
Due to their high content of vitamin C, strawberries regulate sebum production and balance the scalp’s PH. Also, they help remove any sticky residues from your hair and scalp. For this recipe you need a handful of strawberries, one tablespoon of honey and one tablespoon of coconut oil. Put all the ingredients in a blender and add 2 drops of an essential oil of your choice, from the list above. Apply the strawberry paste on your hair, leave it on for 10-15 minutes, and then rinse thoroughly.
Hair mask for oily hair with honey and almond oil
This hair mask is particularly recommended if you have dry, split ends. Mix 2 tablespoons of honey with one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, one tablespoon of almond oil and 2 drops of essential oil. Apply the paste on your hair and leave it on for half an hour, then rinse with lukewarm water.
The honey helps seals in moisture and it is packed with nutrients and antioxidants that nourish the hair. Also, when applied on the scalp, it stimulates hair growth. The almond oil is rich in vitamins – E, B1, B2 and A – which strengthen the hair and prevent breakage. Read more about the benefits of almond oil here: Almond oil – uses and benefits
Hair mask for oily hair with yogurt and egg
The egg is probably the most used ingredient in hair masks and that because it is packed with nutrients and vitamins that nourish the hair and scalp. For this particular recipe, mix one raw egg with 50 grams of low fat yogurt and 2-3 drops of essential oil and apply the paste on your hair. Leave it on for approximately 30 minutes, then rinse your hair with water to which you’ve added one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. The yogurt contains vitamins, calcium, proteins and antioxidants, it regulates sebum production and moisturizes the hair.
Parsley hair mask for oily hair
In a blender, put a handful of parsley leaves, one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, one tablespoon of castor oil and 2 drops of essential oil. Blend until you obtain a paste. Apply the paste on your hair, leave it on for half an hour, then rinse. Parsley is rich in vitamins and minerals that nourish the scalp and stimulate hair growth. As for the benefits of castor oil, read more about it here: Castor Oil – 10 Benefits for Your Skin