Causes of Excess Oil On the Hair

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oily hairSome people have a very oily hair type that make the hair not shine. Oily hair will look like a clot and dirty, even if  someone has just washed in. In addition, oily hair is also sometimes encountered when a person does not wash their hair in a long time or more than 3 days.

Actually in the follicles there are hair roots and sebaceous glands which produce sebum (oil that helps keep skin and hair moist and shiny). But in certain people the oil content is higher or excessive compared to other people.

Oily hair not only causes bad appearance, but can also lead to other problems such as dandruff, acne on the scalp and hair loss.

According to Livestrong, the causes of oily hair is the result of overactive sebaceous glands that makes oil content in the hair becomes excessive.

Some things are known to affect the activity of sebaceous glands before releasing sebum, which are:

Hormonal changes
Hormonal changes that occur when a person reaches puberty, menopause, stress or taking hormone medications (eg oral contraceptives) will make the hair become more oily. During puberty, hormones in the body fluctuate including androgens, these hormones function to control the sebaceous glands that make a person’s hair more oily. Oily hair due to hormonal changes are usually only temporary.

Genetic
Some people tend to have oily hair and skin that is genetic. This condition will make a person have oily hair more than anyone else throughout their life.

Environmental
Environmental factors such as heat or humidity will make the hair more oily. In addition, other external factors such as sweat, smoke and even excessive makeup will make oily hair look more oily. And the use of products that are not designed for oily hair types tend to add to the problem.

However, there are several things you can do to avoid hair from excessive oil, which are:

1. Choose a shampoo that fits and is designed for oily hair, and wash hair every day. Shampoos that contain detergents helps control oily scalp. While shampooing massage your scalp gently and let the shampoo for a few minutes before rinsing, then repeat it again.
2. If you want to use a conditioner, choose one that is free of oil and use it at the end of the hair without touching the scalp.
3. Try not to comb too frequent and try not to comb through to the scalp so it does not stimulate excess oil production.
5. If this effort fails again, consult with a dermatologist to help cope with excess oil so that it can make hair shiny.

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