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5 expert hair care tips for women with oily scalp & dry ends

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If you notice excessive sebum (an oily substance that forms on your hair) one or two days after washing your hair, you have an oily scalp. Then, if you have dry or split ends, you're someone with both an oily scalp and split ends.

This situation is more widespread than you might think, and the good news is that you can do something about it. Changing the products you use, drying your hair properly, and practicing haircare can all significantly help your hair.

Join us as we reveal our expert tips for looking after your oily scalp and find out what you can do to prevent split or dry ends.

My scalp is oily, but my ends are dry - what should I do?

It's helpful to think about what's causing your oily scalp and dry ends. Often, it's down to the haircare products you use, but it can also be caused by the weather, your hair type, or overwashing your hair.

Thankfully, you can take some simple steps to try and put things right. You might need to try one or all of the following tips, but they should help you to reduce the oily nature of your scalp and stop your ends from drying out:

1. Switch to the best shampoo for oily scalp and dry ends

First and foremost, you need to go for a shampoo for an oily scalp and dry ends. Helpfully, you can find shampoos branded "for oily hair," so it's easy to find what you're looking for. Look for products that are paraben—and sulfate-free, and avoid heavy oils where possible.

After selecting an appropriate shampoo, you then need to think about how often you wash your hair. Washing your hair too frequently with an oil-based shampoo is to be avoided, so make sure you're not washing more than 2-3 times per week.

2. Use a light conditioner for oily scalp and dry ends

Just as important as the shampoo you choose is the conditioner. Again, you can search for conditioners made specifically for oily hair, which is a great place to begin your search. We recommend a light, leave-in conditioner that helps to lock moisture into your hair after it has been washed. This is a great way to stop your ends from drying out.

3. Wear a hair mask for oily scalp dry ends

A homemade hair mask can be an excellent remedy for oily hair, and it's really easy to create one without spending much money. Lemon juice, for instance, is a great hair mask ingredient, as it can break up the excessive build-up of sebum on your scalp.

Another option is tea tree oil, which can help with both an oily scalp and dandruff. When applied to your hair in just a few drops, it can help regulate oil buildup on the scalp and is a great ingredient to combine with lemon juice for impressive results.

4. Choose the best hair dryer for dry ends

The way you dry your hair is also important, particularly as far as dry ends are concerned. If you over-dry your hair or use the hottest possible setting, you risk drying out your ends, which can cause them to break.

We recommend using the Laifen Swift Special, an ionic hair dryer with adjustable heat settings. You can dry your hair thoroughly without risking overheating. It's also a great hair dryer for preventing frizz and will help you maintain strong and healthy ends.

5. Use the best brush for oily scalp and dry ends

There are a few brush options for oily hair, but a paddle brush is a good choice.

Make sure the bristles are soft and uniform, so they evenly distribute the excess sebum. Many women also use bamboo brushes, which are also great for even oil distribution.

The key is not to use a brush that sticks when you brush through the excess oil, as it can do more harm than good to your hair.

Simple steps to prevent oil build-up in your hair

In addition to the expert tips above, here are some quick-fire tips to bear in mind as you look to reduce the amount of excess oil in your hair:

  1. Adjust how often you wash your hair and stick to a frequency of 2-3 times per week for the best results.

  2. Avoid harmful ingredients like sulfates and parabens in your shampoo and conditioner, and wash your hair thoroughly.

  3. When buying haircare products, look for those specifically made for people with oily hair.

  4. Avoid products that contain silicone, as it can cause your hair to look heavy.

  5. Consider easy hairstyling methods to reduce the impact of oil. For instance, wearing your hair in a pony or top-knot is a good way of removing attention from the excess sebum.

Final words

Making small changes to your hair care routine can make a big difference if you have oily hair and dry ends. Change to a different shampoo and conditioner, use a hair mask, and adjust the amount you wash your hair. All these things can help.

You should also use a high-quality ionic hair dryer that prevents your ends from drying out, so browse our range of dryers today to upgrade the way you dry and maintain your hair.

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