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What Causes Oily Hair and How to Fix It
One of the most difficult issues we have with our hair is the overproduction of oil. This overproduction can cause our hair to feel and look stringy and limp. Each hair follicle in your head is the cause of this oil
production. The sebaceous glands are what helps keep our hair and skin both protected and lubricated. The hands and bottoms of our feet are the only places on our body without these glands. The face and scalp have the
highest concentration of sebaceous glands. Sebum is the name of the oily substance, which does great things for our body, but production can get out of control. Pimples are one of the consequences of overproductive
sebaceous glands; oily hair is as well.
The question is what causes these glands to go crazy and start overproducing sebum?
There are several different causes including diet, hygiene, and genetics. An underlying sickness can be the cause as well.
There are certain people that are more likely to get pimples and oily hair. Both men and women, who have fine hair, will typically have more oily hair. The reason for this is that there are more hair follicles per
square inch, which means more sebaceous glands, leading to oily hair. Fine hair will typically go limp faster than thicker hair as well, making scalp disorders visible more quickly.
Many people will think that washing their hair more often will help. However, this does the exact opposite. Scalps that are devoid of oils will cause the glands to start producing more. Weather often plays a role in
dry scalp, such as exposure to extreme heat or cold, wind, and sun.
Not washing your hair often, enough can also cause problems. Bacteria and other toxins will build up and cause scalp irritations. This will result in more sebum being produced. Infections and fungi can ensue if this
is left overtime.
Seborrheic dermatitis is a condition where greasy hair comes with thick scales that look like dandruff. This can be a sign of serious illnesses such as Parkinsonís or HIV, so you should seek medical attention if this occurs.
Getting Rid of Oily Hair
The first thing you need to do is to make sure your oily hair is not the result of an illness. Once that has been determined, a few simple lifestyle changes as well as use of products available will help clear up oily hair.
Water! Hydration is extremely important and most people do not drink enough daily. Drinking water will help keep your scalp and skin full of moisture and keep it healthy. Remember: dry scalps produce
Avoid Junk Food: Junk foods and foods high in grease have been shown to increase the production of oily hair. However, avoiding all fat and oil is not the answer, as our bodies need fatty acids to function
properly. Olive oil, nuts, fish and fruit are full of the healthy fats your body needs.
Vegetables! Whole grains and plenty of vegetables are an important part of a balanced diet. These will give your body the nutrients it needs to work properly and look beautiful.
Exercise! Increase your heart rate every once in awhile. When you exercise on a regular basis, your circulation is increased and more oxygen goes to your cells. This increased amount of oxygen benefits
your whole body, including your scalp.