So, there's good news and bad news. The good news is that oily scalp is the cause of oily hair. Coming to the bad news, it is a scalp issue and needs to be tended to. Everyone at some point has experienced a greasy (not oily) scalp and tried to hide it with a cap or top knot. That’s different. Having an oily scalp and by extension, oily hair is a problem, especially when you’re a regular washer.


In This Article:

What Is An Oily Scalp?

How To Manage Oily Hair And Oily Scalp?

What Is An Oily Scalp? 

Your scalp is also skin, and produces sebum like the rest of your body. Which is a good thing, since it keeps the skin hydrated. The problem arises when there is too much of it. The reason behind this excessive sebum production can range from genetics, stress levels, lifestyle changes, hormones, over-washing and even sudden climate change. With so many factors ready to share the blame, it’s best that we learn to manage this situation, ASAP. 

How To Manage Oily Hair And Oily Scalp? 

It’s easier than you think, we swear. Keep in mind that everything you’ll do is to reclaim your hair’s lost glory and for that, all efforts are worth it, right queen? 

Tip 1: Use Products For Oily Scalp And Hair 

An oily scalp needs purifying and oil-balancing products. These products are formulated with ingredients that can clean your scalp without drying and promote a healthy scalp environment. Our Tea Tree & Vetiver Scalp Refresh Combo consists of a shampoo and conditioner that clarify and soothe oily scalp while eliminating excess sebum, dirt and gunk. With regular use, these products ensure that your scalp is balanced and your hair is not weighed down. 

Tip 2: Reduce Wash Frequency 

You might think that an oily scalp and oily hair gotta love wash days. After all, who doesn’t like that squeaky clean feeling? *spoiler ahead* This is actually working against you. Washing your hair more than 2-3 times every week will put sebum production into an overdrive, thus increasing the greasiness of your scalp. Break this loop by prolonging the period between washes and using the right products to balance oil production. 

Tip 3: Detox Your Scalp 

An oily scalp can attract dirt and grime like a magnet (hello, itchiness!) And thus, time and again, you’ll need something potent that resets your scalp. This is when you introduce a scalp scrub in your routine. Just like how your facial skin gets an instant pick-me-up with a scrub, the same logic applies here. Our Tea Tree Oil & Peppermint Scalp Scrub is formulated with super-fine walnut shell powder that buffs away dead skin buildup, dirt, excess oil and any other impurities that are hiding away. Along with the unmatched purifying properties of Tea Tree Oil, this scalp scrub hits a home run. Plus, the icy-cool vibes of Peppermint will instantly calm your scalp and promote blood circulation. 

Tip 4: Go The Extra Mile 

Along with using the right products, there are few right habits that will help. First off, avoid touching your hair. We know it's a subconscious habit and can take a while to undo, but doing this will prevent the oil from your palm and fingers from transferring to your strands. Along with that, ensure that you’re putting your pillowcases to wash every fortnight, as they hoard a lot of dirt and oil. This little step is also beneficial for your skin health. Lastly, avoid brushing your hair too much, as this increases sebum production. You can use a wide-tooth comb to detangle the knots 1-2 a day but not more than that. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:1 What kind of shampoo should I use for an oily scalp? 

A. You should use a scalp purifying shampoo that eliminates dirt, grime and excess sebum, along with balancing your scalp’s natural oils and promoting a healthy scalp environment. Our Tea Tree, Peppermint & Vetiver Sulfate Free Purifying Shampoo is a great pick, as it contains Tea Tree Oil that purifies and detoxifies oily scalp. 

Q:2 How often should I wash my hair if I have oily hair?

A. Even if you have oily hair, you should not wash it more than 3x a week. Overwashing can trigger sebum production and make your scalp oilier. 

Q:3 Does an oily scalp lead to hair loss?

A. Yes, having an oily scalp and experiencing hair loss are well-connected. Excess sebum production can clog your hair follicles and stump new hair growth, leading to premature hair shedding. 


Written by Rhea Shah on Mar 28, 2024