Shiny roots, effect neglected as soon as the day after the wash … Greasy hair affects many of us. However, with good reflexes and good products, it is possible to fight this problem effectively. Organic or natural shampoos include great regulators and sanitizers that can change your hair life!
What causes greasy hair?
Seborrhea or sebum overflow
The scalp contains sebaceous glands. These are designed to produce sebum. This oily and oily material is intended to nourish, soften and protect the skin. But not only. You should know that hair, unlike this one, is a dead matter: once out of the bulb, nothing feeds it internally. Therefore, it can only rely on an external intake for the nutrients it needs. The sebum, flowing along the length, aims to nourish and moisturize the hair. We understand the meaning of Grandma’s hundred daily brush strokes: they were intended to spread it well on the long hair and tips.
What is commonly called oily hair or skin is actually the result of seborrhea. This phenomenon describes too much sebum production. And too important, we’re not just talking about aesthetic criteria.
Fatty hair and hair loss
Because too much of this wealthy material can lead to other problems, by accumulating on the scalp, the sebum will suffocate the hair follicle. This will weaken the roots to the point of disrupting the growth and causing the hair to fall too weak at the base. The practitioners of daily brushing had all figured out: the brush’s hairs will come to clear the sebum of the scalp to put it there. It is useful. That’s why it’s also important not to leave greasy hair unwashed for too long: you may lose your hair abnormally.
The causes of seborrhea?
Why do my sebaceous glands decide to do rab? The causes can be multiple, and unfortunately, we will not help you; you will see that some good gestures can reduce this annoying problem.
Fatty hair and internal causes
Among other joys, puberty manifests itself in teenagers by oilier skin giving birth to acne, among other things. And who says oilier skin says hair that goes with it. Patience and length of time are more than strength and rage, as La Fontaine said. However, if this is too large, do not hesitate to consult a specialist. For adult women, have you not noticed that depending on the period of your hormonal cycle, your hair is growing more or less quickly? This may also be part of the premenstrual syndrome band. Be aware that plants such as priming or borage or a wide range of homeopathic products can help. In the same vein, the pill or other contraceptive devices upset the female hormones. If you suddenly have hair and oily skin when that’s not usually the case, haven’t you changed pills recently? Be aware that they can also dry out.
More generally, the hair reflects your general health very well. Thus, to have beautiful hair, no secrets, it will require a quality lifestyle: balanced diet, sleep and sport sufficient, stress under control … And it’s not just your hair that will say thank you!
Fatty hair and external aggressions (including shampoos)
Who has never seen a difference in their hair depending on whether you live in a big city or the countryside? Pollution plays an undeniable role in the “titillating” of the sebaceous glands. And here we touch a sensitive chord directly related to our subject: direct aggressions of the scalp. And the first of them are often hair products, including shampoos. The infernal cycle more-I-wash-my-hair-and-more-they-regress-fast, you know? And you never wondered where it came from and if it could be avoided?
Fatty hair and sulfates in shampoos
Sulfates are the heart of the vast majority of shampoos. They are really the ones who do the washing. Even though they represent very different levels of quality (see our article on the composition of an organic shampoo), they are all aggression of the scalp. But sodium Laureth/lauryl sulfates or ammonium lauryl/Laureth sulfates (allowed by some organic labels) are just a proper stripping of the skin. These are indeed potent detergents that are also used in cleaning other surfaces… So with each shampoo with these substances, you attack your scalp, which, to defend itself, will accelerate the production of the only protection it has: sebum. And so your hair will be dirtier faster, you will re-wash it faster…
Fatty hair and silicones in after shampoos
Silicones are fine plastic particles (so derived from oil) that will come to sheath your hair and settle on your scalp. In addition to having the horrible defect of making them impervious to any care and masking their state of fragility, they also have the unfortunate tendency to amplify the phenomenon of greasy hair. To banish, therefore, absolutely, like their little cousins the quats (for more info on the subject, do not hesitate to read our article on silicones and quats).
What organic shampoo without sulfates and silicones for greasy hair to choose from?
Surprise, part of the answer is in the question! The best organic shampoo for oily hair will indeed be as soft as possible. That is, without “decapitated” sulfates and “gaining” silicones. Except it’s not so easy to find a good “clean” shampoo. The basic organic labels are not at all guaranteed: sulfates such as ALS (ammonium lauryl sulfate) are indeed allowed, as are quats (read our article on the harmfulness of quats and silicones).
To make your life easier, you are given the basic tips and reflexes to choose your organic shampoo without sulfates and silicones:
- beware of the organic ranges of the big cosmetics brands. These are usually not the best.
- Beware of products that display “parabens without parabens” or “without sulfates.” The “no-something,” especially in the absence of organic labels, are almost all the time scams, chemicals made up in natural products;
- give a quick look at the advice and test benches: an organic shampoo is extremely personal and not suitable for everyone. We all have preferences for a particular brand, but it is our own;
- Do not blindly trust organic labels: the most permissive allow the Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate (ALS), yet recognized as irritating, or quaternary ammoniums, occlusive agents (little known to the general public at the moment as discrete but equally harmful silicone replacements) that will suffocate your hair;
- track down “-cone” and “-Zane” (silicones) and what looks like “hydroxypropyl” (quats);
In short, to be quite sure of the quality of a product, check its formula on the truth about cosmetics.
If you want more information on this subject, we’ve put together an article on how to choose an organic shampoo without sulfates, silicones, and parabens quickly and without too much headache.
What large organic shampoo for oily hair?
Supermarkets and supermarkets have greatly expanded their organic cosmetics offerings in recent years. However, many of these ranges do only the bare minimum of the least restrictive organic labels… When they are not outright in greenwashing (chemically made up as a healthy natural product). To help you find your way around, we’ve prepared an article on organic shampoos to buy (or avoid) in major supermarket stores.
Fatty hair shampoo in pharmacies?
Pharmacies are not necessarily the shops where you will find the best organic shampoos. With less choice than in organic store more. Nevertheless, pharmacies can offer magnificent ranges depending on their business choices. What about “dermatological” brands sold in pharmacies without a prescription? They have a reputation for being of excellent quality… We leave you to judge after the analysis that we deliver in the article shampoos without sulfates without paraben without silicone pharmacy and para pharmacy. To ensure the quality of a product, do not hesitate to check its composition on the truth about cosmetics.
Organic shampoo for oily hair for men
If marketing tries to sell differentiated products, there is no reason to separate men’s shampoos from women’s shampoos. There are only different problems that lead to personalized solutions!
Homemade natural shampoos for greasy hair
Economical and customizable, homemade natural shampoos are particularly suited to get rid of greasy hair. As you make it yourself, you can customize it to your profile by playing on the dosages of the components. But it is still necessary to choose the ingredients with regulatory properties for the scalp.
Rhassoul and clay shampoo to rebalance oily hair
Among the champions are clays. Green clay and rhassoul work differently from conventional shampoo. These contain one or more tensioactives, which will make the main action of washing. Clays do not contain them and will clean by absorbing impurities. The result is that they wash the hair in an exceptionally gentle way by soothing the scalp. This is a great way to have clean hair by leaving your scalp to rest. Thus calmed down, the latter will self-regulate since it will no longer need to defend itself against aggressions of sulfates, parabens, and others.
Ayurvedic powders to help oily hair
Ayurvedic powders are hair and body care from India. Used for millennia, they have proven their properties: each type of hair will find a powder corresponding to its need. Most of these are powdered plants and are used as a long-standing mask, wash mask, or water maceration. Shikakai is the best-known shampoo powder. But there is also reetha powder (washing nut powder) which is highly recommended to regulate oily hair. These products can be found in organic stores or online stores for more choices. Be careful because, as miraculous as they are, Ayurvedic powders tend to dry out, so use them with a moisturizer such as aloe-vera or flax gel, for example.
The shampoo of baking soda against greasy hair?
The case of baking soda shampoo is a bit special since it is worth using sparingly if not contained for greasy hair. Indeed baking soda, although having many qualities, has the defect of being slightly abrasive. It washes very well, but it is not to be used more than once a week and is not specifically rebalancing.
Dry shampoo to regulate oily hair
A large ally to combat greasy hair is dry shampoo. You can find it ready to use in the trade or do it yourself. It’s effortless and for a good reason: only one ingredient is enough: orange powder or cornstarch for blondes, cocoa for brunettes… Brushing on the roots, two minutes of laying, an energetic brushing, and here’s your shampoo back several days! While it is convenient, it should not be abused. It has an absorbent power; dry shampoo tends to dry out, so use it only once between washes.
I have a scoop for you: there is none! As I explained, if the composition does not deceive, the affinity with an organic shampoo or a hair product is really unique to everyone and can even change during life. For many, this is a matter of tolerance. Some heads will tolerate a particular dosage of a particular ingredient (such as alcohol, for example), while others will react more badly. When it comes to regulating greasy hair, homemade powder shampoos are unmatched and are extremely effective. On the other hand, their use is a little different … So you have to test and refine your routine.
However, the key point is to keep in mind that to be regulated, and a hair must be rid of the remains of silicones and occlusive agents that poison it. This is called the transition period to the natural and may explain that you were having problems with the first use of organic shampoo. We highly recommend reading the article switch to organic shampoo.