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    Default Oily scalp help!

    Ok, here's the long and short of it: I try to only wash every 3-4 days. However, after 1 day my roots start to look really oily and by day 2 they feel awful, but my length is still fine for another 2 days. I use dry shampoo (or baby powder if I run out) to make it look better, but it still means that after the first day I can't wear it down if I want to and have to cover it in dry shampoo. This is also a problem because of work, even if it's up you can still see that my roots are a bit greasy and my boss keeps telling me I need to wash my hair before every shift because it looks dirty!
    I've tried only washing my scalp with shampoo and coating the rest in conditioner, but I still end up with dry ends and then after day 1 the roots for greasy again!
    I've tried CO and it doesn't work for me. It's ok for the odd one off, but not for long term.
    I'm so annoyed by this that I've blogged about it, there are pictures there too if you want to see and maybe a little more info/ranting, depending on how you look at it. http://indigo-optimist.blogspot.co.u...-problems.html

    Does/has anyone else had this problem and how did it deal with it? I'd like to have a less oily scalp, but I cannot think of anyway to stop my head from producing oil haha!

    Mucho thanks for your help!!
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    Default Re: Oily scalp help!

    Hi IndigoOptimist- Wish I could give you a miracle product, but I have yet to find one myself. I have the type of oily-at-roots hair that looks terrible if I don't wash it daily. I do find that lemon shampoos are good (Lush makes one), as are nettle or rosemary rinses. I've also been using pure aloe/ rosemary essential oil on my scalp nightly and wash it out the next morning, and I've noticed by the second morning my scalp does not look as oily. Not good enough to skip a wash unless I am just lounging around the house, though. But it does seem that rosemary is very clarifying/ toning on the scalp.

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    Thank you, I'll have a look into rosemary then!
    My boyfriends dad drinks nettle tea, I might have to steal some for an experiment
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    I have tried nettle tea before on my scalp and liked it. Klorane also makes a nettle shampoo for oily hair, you might be able to find it in the UK (not sold here in the US but I've shipped it over from Bulgaria before). Good luck!

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    Default Re: Oily scalp help!

    You said in your blog post that you put conditioner all over your head. Does that include your scalp? If it does, that could be why your hair is getting greasy so quickly. I wash my hair every other day and it's recently been able to go to every three days so. If you're conditioning the scalp as well, then try only conditioning from about the nape of your neck or ears down. That will cut down on the amount of conditioner on your scalp. Good luck
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    Default Re: Oily scalp help!

    I have the same problem which is why I usually wash my hair daily. You might just have to start doing that. You could look into scalp-only washes, or wash every other day at least.
    For me, switching to sulfate-free shampoo has helped to calm my scalp's oil production. Also, using much less conditioner is helping. Somehow even if I just use it from the ears down, my scalp gets greasy fast. Now I use it ONLY on the last couple of inches of my ends. Try NOT conditioning your whole head. It might feel weird doing it/as it's drying, but you might like the results. Also try skipping out on oils and cones.
    Last edited by bunnylake; January 17th, 2013 at 05:43 PM.


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    Default Re: Oily scalp help!

    Quote Originally Posted by summerstarlet View Post
    You said in your blog post that you put conditioner all over your head. Does that include your scalp? If it does, that could be why your hair is getting greasy so quickly. I wash my hair every other day and it's recently been able to go to every three days so. If you're conditioning the scalp as well, then try only conditioning from about the nape of your neck or ears down. That will cut down on the amount of conditioner on your scalp. Good luck
    I have thought about doing that, but some of my layers are only shoulder length and I don't want to not condition them. I may try that though and see how they go. Thank you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bunnylake View Post
    I have the same problem which is why I usually wash my hair daily. You might just have to start doing that. You could look into scalp-only washes, or wash every other day at least.
    For me, switching to sulfate-free shampoo has helped to calm my scalp's oil production. Also, using much less conditioner is helping. Somehow even if I just use it from the ears down, my scalp gets greasy fast. Now I use it ONLY on the last couple of inches of my ends. Try NOT conditioning your whole head. It might feel weird doing it/as it's drying, but you might like the results. Also try skipping out on oils and cones.
    I tried come free conditioners, my hair went mad: static, frizzy and dry... I do use a sulfate-free shampoo bar, and it has helped. I think I will try not to condition my whole head and see what happens, it just feels so wrong!
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    Default Re: Oily scalp help!

    I suggest a very light spray leave-in conditioner rather than a heavier one. My favorite super light one is Matrix Instacure -- extremely light and non-greasy, but still adds some slip and protection. Aussie's leave-in isn't actually half bad either. Just keep the spray on the ends where you really need it.

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    Default Re: Oily scalp help!

    I have oily hair, and the only thing that does any good -for me- is washing with the harshest shampoos possible, such as Herbal Essences, or Pantene, washing the scalp twice, then applying conditioner (to the lengths) twice.
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