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How to Deal with Fine, Oily Hair: 7 Lifestyle Tips

4 mins

Tyler Teresi

Fine, oily hair may seem like one of the toughest types to deal with. But it’s not the end of the world – if you follow these tips and tricks, you can have healthy, fabulous hair!

Despite what you may hear, the natural oil in your hair is a good thing. Everyone's scalp produces a natural oil called sebum to preserve the strength and flexibility of their hair. However, sometimes it can be produced more than needed. 

If you constantly find yourself with greasy hair after you just washed it yesterday, then you are probably tired of the amount of oil in your hair. Fortunately, following just a few lifestyle tips can help you promote a healthy balance of natural oils in your hair.

Table of Contents:

  • Important Tips for Managing Your Fine and Oily Hair
  • Don't Over Wash Your Hair
  • Use Conditioner but Not Too Much
  • Use Products That Reinforce Your Fine Strands
  • Find Ingredients to Soothe Your Scalp
  • Brush Your Hair
  • Steer Clear of Harsh Ingredients

    Important Tips for Managing Your Fine and Oily Hair

    Because there are so many different types of hair with different tendencies, it is impossible to find a one-size-fits-all hair care routine. If you have oily, fine hair, then following a generic hair care routine isn't likely to give you the results you want. The following tips can be a guide to properly address the specific needs of your hair type.

    • Don't Over Wash Your Hair

    Your first instinct with oily hair may be to wash it all out and get rid of the oil. However, your scalp produces sebum for a reason, and constantly washing it all out can leave you with a dry, irritated scalp and dull, damaged hair.

    Although it feels right to wash your hair every day, it is often a better choice to limit your washing to two to three times a week at the most. After you first switch to the new routine, you may find that your hair is greasy in between washes. However, it often takes some time for your hair to adjust to any switch, so give it a couple of weeks before writing off the value of washing less frequently.

    When you do, try using WOW's Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo for a boost of antioxidants and nutrients. With almond oil and nettle leaf extract, this shampoo is as soothing as it is strong, able to both clean and moisturize your hair.

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    • Use Conditioner but Not Too Much

    The hardest part of hair care is finding a balance that works for your hair. Determining when to condition your hair is yet another example of the challenge involved in finding balance.

    On the one hand, conditioners are great for supplementing your hair and providing additional vitamins. On the other hand, adding more products can make your hair seem greasier.

    If you choose to use a conditioner, consider doing so just once a week, and use one that doesn't contain heavy ingredients or dense oils. A great option with light ingredients is WOW's Himalayan Rose Conditioner. When you do use conditioner, make sure to rinse carefully and completely so that you are not left with any greasy residue.  

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    • Use Products That Reinforce Your Fine Strands

    Fine hair can be more susceptible to breakage and damage. As a result, it is a good idea to choose products that help strengthen and reinforce your hair strands while also reinforcing the hair follicles. Introducing an array of vitamins and fatty acids can help make your hair more resilient to potential damage.

    For instance WOW's Red Onion Black Seed Oil Shampoo reinforces your hair from the roots leaving it shinier and softer then before.

    WOW's Charcoal & Keratin Shampoo helps cleanse your hair by removing oil and dirt build-up, but it also helps reinforce your hair's individual strands by providing them with the vital protein keratin.

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    • Find Ingredients to Soothe Your Scalp

    The health of your hair is influenced by more than just the strands themselves, as the health of your scalp has an important impact on the hydration and strength of your hair.

    As an example, oily hair can often be the result of an irritated scalp, just as your hair produces additional oil in response to a dry scalp. Irritation can also encourage your scalp to heighten oil production in response.

    By choosing products that include ingredients like aloe vera, green tea, and tea tree oil, you can hydrate your scalp and hair follicles. As a result, you can relieve itching and flaking and reduce the amount of oil produced by your hair. WOW's Green Tea and Tea Tree Shampoo helps to hydrate the scalp and control dandruff while soothing irritated skin.

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    • Brush Your Hair

    Brushing your hair is more than just a styling tactic; it actually directly affects the health and presentation of your hair. You should brush your hair at least in the morning after you wake up and at night before bed.

    When it comes to oily hair, brushing actually helps to distribute the natural oils throughout the strands, preventing excess build-up in your roots and certain patches. As with anything, though, there is a balance, so try not to brush too much, as doing so can cause more oil production.  

    Fine hair can also easily become tangled due to its thin texture. Brushing your hair regularly helps keep your hair free from tangles, which also helps to minimize the risk of unnecessary damage and breakage.

    With oily hair, stick to using a brush, and keep your hands out of your hair. Your skin also produces sebum, so avoid brushing through your hair with your fingers in order to minimize excess oil.

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    • Steer Clear of Harsh Ingredients

    By now, it's clear that dehydration is one of, if not the worst, contributor to oily hair. Using the wrong products can have harsh effects on the health of your hair by drying out the scalp and stripping the strands of their natural oils.

    When choosing any hair care product, it is important to choose one without excessively drying ingredients. As you check product labels, keep an eye out for ingredients like:

    • Parabens
    • Sulfates
    • Synthetic fragrances

    These ingredients are common culprits in hair care products for drying out the scalp and hair strands. They can also trigger a sensitive scalp, causing irritation and increased oil production. By paying attention to your hair care products, you can prevent any unwanted stress on your hair.

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    Oily, fine hair can be a challenge to work with and keep from being overly greasy, but with the right routine, you can help balance your hair's oil production and keep your strands strong and healthy. As you develop the best routine to care for your fine and oily hair, trust WOW Skin Science to be on your side.

    Check out our Apple Cider Vinegar guide, and Onion Oil guide to help you keep your hair healthy, hydrated and clean!

    All of our products are made with 100% plant-based ingredients in order to nourish and strengthen your hair. Explore our complete collection for yourself and see how you can benefit.

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    Tyler Teresi

    Tyler is a content writer specializing in blog writing, landing page content, and website copy. He is passionate about health and wellness, travel, and B2C content. When not writing, Tyler is riding his bike, playing his guitar, or hiking in the mountains.

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