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Oily Scalp Dry Hair: Causes, Prevention And Remedies

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Puberty and early adulthood are usually challenging for people on both physical and emotional levels, especially when it comes to taking care of one’s appearance. It is in these years that we start experiencing hormonal changes in our bodies.
The same hormones that are responsible for acne also cause our skin and scalp to produce excess oil, making our hair look and feel greasy. And we usually try to remove all that excess oil by washing our hair frequently. 
Slowly, it turns into a habit and we start washing our hair every other day without even thinking about its long-term effects on our hair. This leads to an oily scalp and dry hair, or what some people call ‘combination hair’. Let's learn more about the reasons behind this condition and how to prevent it.

Causes Of Oily Scalp And Dry Hair

Hormonal changes
Research indicates that hormonal changes during puberty can be linked to overactive sebaceous glands on our skin and scalp. This leads to increased oiliness, seborrhoeic dermatitis of the scalp, and dandruff. 
All these concerns create a further imbalance in the distribution of sebum on your scalp and hair.
Frequent hair washing
Excess oiliness on the scalp urges us to develop the habit of frequent hair washing which dehydrates our hair and forces our scalp to produce even more oil to compensate for it.
Unsuitable hair products
Using hair products and following routines that do not match the needs of our scalp and hair creates an oil imbalance leading to combination hair.
For example, using a clarifying shampoo will balance your oily scalp, but it may also dehydrate hair strands if you skip the conditioner.
Weather conditions
Weather conditions may sometimes cause our sebaceous glands to produce more oil. For example, increased humidity in summers and during monsoons can aggravate oily scalp.
Sometimes weather conditions can also dehydrate hair strands further. Increased dryness and frizz is seen during winters and may cause your hair to feel rough, brittle, and more prone to breakage.
Overactive sweat glands
This condition is either seen during puberty or in people suffering from hyperhidrosis( excessive sweating). Overactive sweat glands on our scalp attract more dirt causing congestion which again forces us to resort to frequent hair washing that creates an oil imbalance in our scalp and hair.
Improper hair washing
We often use rich hair oils and masks for nourishment, but most of us do not wash them out of our scalp entirely. This causes the scalp to look oilier compared to the hair strands and makes us feel like we have combination hair.
Excessive hair treatments
Frequent colouring, hair treatments and blow drying are common causes of hair damage. They make the texture of your hair look brittle and frizzy over time and create an oil imbalance leading to oily scalp and dry hair.
Environmental stressors
Environmental pollutants also aggravate oily scalp and lead to product build-up and itching. At the same time, frequent sun exposure causes the hair strands to weaken, making them dry. This leads to oily scalp and dry hair in the long run.
Lifestyle stressors
Improper eating habits, sleep deprivation, smoking, mental stress, etc. affect our skin and hair quality and eventually start showing up on our skin and scalp. They also cause oily scalp, dry hair and hair fall.
Sometimes concerns like hormonal imbalance, overactive sebaceous or sweat glands, etc. are hereditary but manifest only when we are in the prepubescent or pubescent stages leading to a sudden change in hair type.

4 Ways To Prevent Oily Scalp And Dry Hair

Create A Suitable Hair Care Routine

Following a proper hair care routine designed with products that match the requirements of your hair and scalp will help balance the natural oils and promote hair health.

For example, using a clarifying yet gentle and non-stripping shampoo for oily scalp will help get rid of oily scalp followed by an organic hair conditioner that is enriched with nourishing plant oils and nut butterss.
Weekly Hair Care Ritual
According to a study, massaging your scalp for 15-25 minutes twice a week can reduce stress levels tremendously. Additionally, using a hair mask made with scalp and hair rejuvenating herbal extracts can help rebalance oil distribution and stimulate blood flow on the scalp while nourishing hair strands and boosting healthy hair growth.
Gentle Hair Care Practises
The best home remedies for oily scalp include air-drying your hair naturally instead of reaching out for your blow dryer. Comb your hair no more than twice a day to prevent over-stimulation of your scalp. And if your scalp gets oily too quickly, try using dry shampoo instead of washing your hair daily. 
Healthy Lifestyle
There are several oily scalp remedies that require a few lifestyle changes to balance your hormones. Instead of consuming processed food and carbonated drinks, try incorporating more wholesome home-cooked meals into your routine. Yoga and meditation can also help improve sleep quality and balance stress hormones.

Juicy Chemistry’s Products That Help With Oily Scalp And Dry Hair

Fenugreek, Brahmi and Plantain Shampoo Bar
Our natural shampoo bars are handmade with organic plant oils using the cold-process method of saponification. It ensures a gentle and effective cleanse without stripping your hair of its natural oils making it a great shampoo for oily scalp and dry hair.
The formula comprises of Olive Oil, Neem Oil and Mango Seed Butter to moisturise hair strands, Neem and Tea Tree Hydrosols to prevent scalp congestion, and Brahmi, Tea Tree and Rosemary Essential Oils to soothe inflammation and scalp itchiness.

Neem Butter, Pumpkin and Ginger Hair Mask
It is a pre-shampoo hair mask formulated with a variety of natural and organic plant oils and butters such as coconut oil, neem oil, baobab oil, pumpkin seed oil and shea butter to nourish hair.  
Lemon, tea tree and rosemary essential oils provide anti-microbial benefits to the scalp, while lavender and ginger essential oils soothe scalp inflammation and stimulate blood circulation.
Marula, Argan and Lavender Hair Oil
It is a lightweight and non-greasy scalp and hair massage oil formulated with olive, argan and marula oils to hydrate hair strands, and cedarwood, lavender and rosemary essential oils to soothe scalp irritation and nourish dry hair.
All these JC products are certified organic by Ecocert France as per Cosmos V3 standards.

Every ingredient performs differently on different scalp types. So remember to patch test every new product or remedy on a small portion of your inner arm before applying it directly to your scalp or hair. If you experience redness or signs of irritation, discontinue using that product.


  • Is the Marula, Argan and Lavender Hair Oil suitable for oily scalp?

Yes. But in case of oily scalp and dry hair, use it on the scalp sparingly while concentrating on dry hair ends and frizz.

  • How often should we wash our hair with Juicy Chemistry shampoos and shampoo bars?

While less cleansing may lead to scalp build-up, excess cleansing may cause dehydration. Hence, we recommend cleaning your scalp and hair 2-3 times a week, depending on your lifestyle and environment. 

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