Shiny, healthy hair is what most people strive for, but finding the balance between the natural shine and looking greasy is sometimes hard. Too much of a good thing can simply be just that, too much. Yet constantly stripping your hair of its natural oil can just make the problem worse.
How do you maintain the balance of healthy hair without it looking too oily or too dry? With so many home remedies making the rounds, figuring out which ones work and which ones should be avoided can be tough. Below are 7 home remedies and whether you should give them a whirl.
1. Aloe vera. A great way to help get rid of oily hair, according to Cosmopolitan, is to treat your scalp with aloe vera gel. Apply the gel directly to your scalp and let it sit for five to seven minutes. Wash your hair and style it like normal.
2. Lemon juice. Cosmopolitan also recommends using lemon juice to help restore your body’s pH which might be the cause of the oily hair. Mix 1/2 cup water with the juice of 1 lemon and massage this into your scalp. Wash and style your hair like normal.
3. Beer. A rather novel approach to dealing with oily hair, Prevention recommends using a beer wash. Alcohol has great drying abilities, so apply the beer after washing and let it sit for 10 minutes. Rinse it out and style. It should give you an extra body as well.
4. Coconut oil. Coconut oil is deeply hydrating, so by replacing your body’s oil, you may keep it from overproducing. Healthline recommends deep conditioning with coconut oil.
5. Tea tree oil. Healthline recommends using a shampoo with the active ingredient in tea tree oil. Beauty must make shampoo by combining 1/4 cups liquid castile soap, 1/2 cup water, 1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin, 2 teaspoons jojoba oil and 10 drops tea tree oil.
6. Apple cider vinegar. Although a lot of home remedies promote using apple cider vinegar to fight oily hair, WebMD says to avoid using it as it will tend to damage your hair over time.
7. Baking soda. Another remedy to avoid is baking soda. WebMD says it will dry your hair and tend to make it frizzy.
Fixing your oily hair doesn’t have to be super expensive. Finding the perfect solution may take some experimentation, but with so many great options, finding one that works is definitely possible.