11 Natural Ways For Reducing Oiliness Of Scalp
By: Kratika Sat, 30 Jan 2021 5:07 PM
Having smooth, silky and lustrous tresses is perhaps the dream of each and every woman. Most of us experience this wonderful feeling for at least two days after shampooing. Sadly our hair goes back to its same old limp, lifeless and dull state pretty soon after that, and we reach out for our shampoos and conditioners again in order to revive its glaze. Excessive oiliness of hair is the most frequent hair problem faced by both men and women. It is caused by overproduction of natural oils by the scalp that often leads to itchiness, dandruff, rashes and other hair problems.
The best way to treat skin and hair problems is through home remedies using all-natural ingredients that are actually effective and have no side effects.
# Lemon Juice:
Lemon juice is perhaps the most effective home remedy for reducing oiliness of hair and it also works in fighting dandruff and itchiness of scalp. The acidic nature of the juice helps in removing excessive oiliness from hair and makes it smooth and silky.
Take one big sized lemon and squeeze out the entire juice in a glass bowl and mix it with a glass of water. Shampoo your hair with a mild shampoo and rinse your clean wet hair with the lemon water at the end of the wash and dry it with a towel. Lemon juice can also be applied directly on scalp and hair. Keep it for an hour and wash off with a mild shampoo. Repeat this every time you shampoo your hair.
Henna is one of the best natural products to provide deep conditioning to hair without the harmful effects of chemicals. It is an age old hair nourishment product that increases the softness and luster of the strands and adds volume and bounce to limp hair.
Brew some tea liqueur and let it cool completely, make a paste of henna powder with this tea liqueur and let it stay overnight, apply this pack to hair the following morning, cover your hair with a shower cap and let it stay for 2-3 hours, rinse thoroughly and wash hair with a mild shampoo. Henna pack can be used twice a month.
# Baking Soda:
The beauty benefits of this common kitchen ingredient are innumerable and Baking soda works wonders when it comes to reducing the oiliness of scalp and hair. It also helps in removing sun tan and improving skin tone. Baking soda can be used in a number of ways for reducing oiliness of scalp.
Baking soda itself works as an amazing natural shampoo. Mix 2 table spoon of baking soda with water and turn into a thick paste; massage it in your scalp and hair, let it stay for 20 minutes and wash off with water. You can apply shampoo if you want. Baking soda can also be mixed with your regular shampoo for cleaning hair. Just mix a spoonful of baking soda with a dollop of shampoo and wash your hair with it.
Almost all alcoholic beverages have great drying effect and help in reducing oiliness of hair. Being prepared form hops, malt and yeast, it has several nourishing nutrients, vitamins and minerals that are great for hair. Beer can be used directly as a rinse post shampooing or mixed with hair masks.
Open the beer and keep it for 30 minutes. Shampoo your hair and wash your wet hair with beer, massage your scalp for 5 minutes and wash away the beer with running water. You can also prepare a beer mask by mixing 1 egg yolk into 100ml of beer, massage the mixture on scalp and hair, wear a shower cap and let it stay on the hair for 30 minutes, wash off with a mild shampoo.
# Aloe Vera Gel:
Aloe Vera is an ancient beauty ingredient that is used in various beauty products for treating rashes, skin irritations, pimples and acne. It is also known for its anti-inflammatory quality that helps in reducing itchiness of scalp, dandruff and provides deep conditioning to hair by reducing excessive oil from scalp and hair strands. It promotes hair growth and luster and improves the pH balance of scalp.
Aloe gel can be applied directly on scalp and hair or mixed with shampoo. Collect the aloe gel for the leaves using a knife and blend it well, strain the gel in a container and massage it on washed hair and scalp. Let it stay for 1 hour and wash off with a mild shampoo. Another way to use aloe vera is to mix a table spoon each of aloe vera gel and lemon juice to a cup of your shampoo and wash your hair with it, store the rest of the shampoo in a container and it can be used up to a week.
# Apple Cider Vinegar:
The benefits of apple cider vinegar for improving skin tone and lightening sun tan is well known but it also helps in improving the texture and quality of hair, by removing chemical residue and closing the open cuticles so that it appears smooth, lustrous and healthy. It reduces oiliness from hair and scalp and makes it soft and silky.
Mix 1 cup of apple cider vinegar with 1 cup of water and rinse scalp and hair thoroughly with it post shampooing. Let it stay for 10 minutes and wash off with water. Repeat this 3-4 times a week for best results.
# Egg White Pack:
Eggs not only help in improving health from within, being rich in proteins and fat it helps in nourishing and conditioning hair and improving the elasticity of skin by reducing wrinkles and making it more youthful and supple. Eggs are a rich source of vitamin B12, biotin and calcium- nutrients essential for healthy hair. Egg whites contain special enzymes that destroy bacteria and reduce oiliness of scalp and hair.
Separate two egg whites from the yolk and keep it in a bowl, apply the egg whites on damp hair and scalp, massage thoroughly for 5 minutes, wear a hair mask and let it stay for 30 minutes, wash off with a mild shampoo. Follow it up with a lemon rinse.
# Soap Nut (Reetha):
Reetha or soap nut is a natural cleaning agent that has been used for ages to clean hair even before shampoo was discovered. It is an excellent natural shampoo that cleans dirt and oil from hair thoroughly and gives is a glossy appearance and adds volume. It also helps in conditioning the hair so that there is minimum tangling and breakage.
Boil a cup of water, add 5-8 soap nuts to it; cover and store overnight. Wet hair, use the soap nut water to create a lather, soak the soap nuts in a different cup filled with water (don’t throw them away) work you fingers to massage the scalp and the hair, repeat it twice, the foam will start appearing during the second wash, use the water in the second cup if you need more of the natural shampoo, let the foam stay on the hair for 5 minutes and wash off with water.
# Fuller’s Earth (Multani Mitti):
Fuller’s earth or multani mitti is an extremely popular natural beauty product that has been used for ages for treating pimples, acne, excessive oiliness of skin and improving skin tone. It helps in cleansing skin and scalp, removing impurities, treating itchiness and irritation and reducing dandruff. It also helps in strengthening hair roots and smoothing hair follicles to reduce breakage and split ends.
Soak Multani mitti in water for 1 hour and make it into a thick paste, add 2 tablespoon or reetha (soap nut) powder to it, mix well and apply on scalp and hair, Let the mask dry off completely and wash off with water. This process should be repeated 1-2 times a week for best results.
# Green Tea:
Green tea is a power house of anti-oxidants that not only helps in reducing inflammation and the damaging effects of free radicals, it also helps in treating psoriasis, skin infections and pimples. The anti-oxidants in green tea helps in fighting dandruff, rashes and scalp irritation while the tannins in green tea work as powerful astringents to reduce the oiliness of scalp and hair.
Brew a Powerful liqueur with green tea, strain the liquid and let it cool completely. Wash your hair with a mild shampoo and rinse it with green tea. Towel dry; don’t wash away the tea from the hair.