I had many positive responses on Part 1 of this “reviving your hair” two-part series and for that, I am so excited to bring to you Part 2 where I am answering all of your specific questions and concerns!
If you have not read Part 1, I highly recommend you do so before jumping into Part 2.
Let’s just jump in, shall we?
1. Why is my hair so oily?
Oil (sebum) is your scalps natural way of protecting itself and your hair, but the inconsistent amount and sometimes quite excessive amount can be a result of several different factors:
– How hot is the water you are washing your hair with?
The hotter the water, the dryer your hair and scalp. With the irritation that hot water causes your scalp, it is going to naturally want to produce more oil because it is starving for hydration. Our body’s natural instinct is to go into protective and survival mode immediately when it senses a threat. With that in mind, similar to when you starve yourself and then decide to eat, your body holds on to every ounce of food it gets and stores it away to protect itself from starvation again. Your scalp sort of works the same way with oil. If we are constantly using extremely hot water, we are drying our scalp out and it will produce and hold on to as much sebum as possible to survive.
– Are you washing your hair well enough? If you are only half cleansing your hair and scalp on the days you wash, you are walking into the 4-5 days ahead with leftover build up. Not only is this not good for your scalps hygiene, but it is also going to appear dirty much quicker.
– Do not use conditioner at your scalp. Personally, I can get away with using a little bit of conditioner at my scalp while mostly concentrating it on my ends. However, if you are someone who is prone to producing more oil than the average, you have to avoid conditioning your roots.
– It might be time for a clarifying shampoo. A clarifying shampoo will guarantee the removal of all the excess build-up that might be on your hair. However, this is not a shampoo you want to use on the regular because it can quickly dry out your hair and scalp. Use this product 1x every 1-2 months to get a fresh start.
– Keep your hands off of your hair! If you are one to touch your hair a lot, you are transferring the oils from your hands to your hair and scalp and it will 100% make your hair oily and much quicker.
2. How do I avoid dry shampoo build up?
To an extent, this is normal and I won’t pretend I never deal with this or say that you are doing something wrong because of this. However, there are few key things to pay attention to in order to prevent this build-up from becoming an issue.
– Are you brushing the product through after using it? Once your dry shampoo has completely dried, you want to use your finger pads to massage the product in, evenly dispersing it through your scalp. Additionally, if you deal with product build-up, you need to brush your hair through a couple of times after you have massaged the product in. This will remove any of the excesses that are just sitting in your hair.
– Are you using professional or drugstore dry shampoo and have you tried more than one kind to find a good fit for you? I have tried dry shampoos that leave an awful residue and then I have also owned and loved dry shampoos that leave very little to no build-up in my hair. Every time I have used a dry shampoo from the drugstore, it leaves a horrible build up as well as a white film even after massaging in and brushing out. It is vital to purchase professional dry shampoo and be open to trying more than one kind. I talk a lot about my favorites on my social platforms, but as of lately I have loved Bedhead O Bee Hive as well as Joico Weekend Hair.
– If you find you struggle with heavy build-up, try only using dry shampoo on days 3 and 4.
3. My hair gets so flat on top, how do I get more volume?
Oh yes, this is a common one and a problem for many.
– Use the blow-drying technique. I talked about this in Part 1, but what you want to do is blast your roots with the blow dryer on medium heat. I recommend using a brush at this time and with your brush and blow dryer, dry your hair in all directions while avoiding your natural part. Blow-dry it to the left of your part, to the right, forward and down, as well as upside-down. This is going to help created new volume at the roots.
– Part your hair on the opposite side. I know this can be hard for many because it feels unnatural and weird. But if you are looking for renewed volume at the scalp, after using the blow-drying technique, this will really help solidify fresh volume for days 3 and 4.
– Tease your hair. I used to go overboard with this and this technique can feel like a hard one to make work on days where your hair is excessively oily. But if you can nail down the correct way to tease your hair at the root just enough to add a slight lift, the oil will actually work in your favor to allow for better hold of that volume. My favorite teasing comb linked!
When teasing my hair, I pick up small sections of all the way around the top of my head and tease each section gently just a couple of times.
-If all of this fails for you, you can purchase a volume-boosting powder to wear. I don’t recommend starting with this kind of product because it will cause a build-up really quickly. But if you absolutely need something for volume and your dry shampoo and the techniques above are not working for you, you can try this product for volume-boosting.
4. Why does my hair separate and how can I avoid this?
Sebum, which is the accurate terminology for the oil produced by your scalp, is a fatty and sticky substance so it certainly causes your individual hair strands to stick together.
– The blow-dry technique is going to be especially important for you if this is your most common issue. I find this happens a lot for ladies with finer hair and less density. Before trying to restyle your hair or add dry shampoo, begin by blow-drying your hair with a brush to each side, forward, and upside down.
– Use a brush. It is definitely necessary to use a brush, in this case, to really manipulate the hair to spread out, as well as create a smooth look once again! Combining your brush with a quick blow dry will spread the hair out evenly and add new shine. Don’t forget, we are not brushing the hair down or even remotely close to where it wants to lay otherwise this will not help, it will only make it worse. Brush away from the natural fall.
5. My ends get so frizzy and dry. How can I fix this?
Our ends get the worst of it all, don’t they? Not only are they more fragile at this point, but they don’t benefit from the scalps natural oil production. They have also most likely been colored and/or a good haircut has been avoided.
– Get a haircut would be the most common sense answer I must give you because truly once your hair begins to split on the ends, it will appear frizzy and”rough” no matter what you do. So, first things first, when was your last haircut?
– Is this your natural texture? As yourself, is my hair coarse naturally? Or is this something recent that is happening?
1. If your hair is naturally coarse and/or curly, on day 1 you will want to prep it with a good heat style. Consider blow drying with a brush (round brush would be preferred) and follow it up with a smooth finish from your flat iron. You can also finish that smoothing blow dry with some curls. After this style has been done on day 1, avoid touching your ends at all throughout any of the coming days, and when you brush your hair at night and in the morning, focus the brush only at the roots.
2. If this frizzy look has recently developed, identify triggers. Did you get your hair bleached or colored? Have you been swimming in chlorinated water? What is the water like in your shower? What products are you using? If you know you are taking good care of your hair, then I suggest you purchase a dry, hydrating oil to use at your ends on the daily as well as an occasional hydrating mask to reseal moisture into your ends. All of this should only be done on the ends of your hair, not the roots.
6. I can’t seem to keep my hair clean enough to restyle
– Don’t touch your hair. The only time you should be touching your hair is when you style in the morning or when you brush at night. Obviously, if you need to put it up during the day, do so. Maybe try washing your hands first. If that seems overboard for you, avoid putting your hair up and taking it down over and over throughout the day.
– Examine the heat of your water (I talked about this under point #1)
– Consider the dry shampoo you are using. Is it professional? Have you tried switching it up? Are you applying it correctly? Are you letting it dry, massaging it through, and then brushing it out? (Discussed more in Part 1)
This is all a lot, I know!
But I wanted to give you as real and authentic answers as I possibly could to address each of the common issues you sent my way.
I hope you found value in this and just know, it doesn’t need to be overwhelming and it certainly doesn’t need to be a successful result every time.
There is no right and wrong way, there are just methods that work best to avoid having to wash your hair every day!
Since identifying what works for me, it is nice to have my hair on a schedule that I can rely on most of the time!
Don’t hesitate to leave my comments with questions or concerns.
Until next time beauties,