The finer your hair, the more hair you have per square inch of scalp. And at the base of each hair shaft are sebaceous glands, which produce sebum, the fatty “oil” in oily hair.
The more hair, the more oil glands, and the more oil glands, the more oil. Those with fine hair have as many as 140,000 oil glands on their scalps.
Redheads, who average 80,000 to 90,000 hairs per head, rarely have oily hair. Blondes with silky, baby fine hair tend to have the worst problems with oiliness.
The texture of your hair does make a difference. Oil wicks onto fine, straight hair very easily, but wiry hair doesn’t seem oily. It has a lot to do with perception.
Intense heat and humidity can also accelerates oil production. So can hormonal changes. Androgen, a male hormone, can activate the sebaceous glands. Stress boosts bloodstream levels of androgen in women as well as in men.
Eat more vegetables and avoid eating animal fat. Check and consider your diet, drugs, hard alcohol, and your junk food intake. Let’s face it we see what McDonald’s can do to your heart in a month; can you imagine your hair? You would be dripping everywhere.
Switch to beer. Mousse dries the hair too much and clogs the pores. Try beer as a setting lotion for oily hair. Store it in a closed plastic container in your shower; otherwise it will only keep for a couple of days.
Freshen up with lemon. Squeeze the juice of two lemons into a quart of the best water you can find, distilled water is a great choice. This is a great rinse to help cut oiliness.
Try and apple cider vinegar rinse. Try a teaspoon of vinegar in a pint of water and use as a finishing rinse. This solution acts as a tonic for the scalp and removes soap residue that can weigh down oily hair.
- ½ teaspoon aloe Vera gel (squeeze gel out of Aloe Vera plant)
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
Mix ingredients together with ¼ cup of your regular hair shampoo. Wash hair then rinse well.
Most recipes require refrigeration since they don’t contain preservatives. Shelf life is approximately one week.