I get this question all the time and believe it or not there are tons of things you can do that may seem counterintuitive -- in fact, you may be making it worse with your routine. So here are the things you may be doing to make your ends tumbleweed dry even though your scalp is oily...and how to correct them.
1. Stop washing your hair every day. Really. I mean it.
You are shampooing your hair every day to get it squeaky clean so your scalp will be less oily.
Fact is your body is programmed to achieve homeostasis: that is, continuity or sameness. So if you are drying out your natural oils with shampoo, your body will compensate by creating even more oils to fill the void. Oily scalp = greasy roots.
What can you can do?
When you wash your hair use a gently sulfate-free shampoo. Sulfates can be harsh cleansers, washing away your natural oils as well as dirt. Wash your hair starting at the roots, but avoid washing the scalp. Don't wash your ends.
When you condition your hair start midway. Don't apply conditioner to the roots. Remember, depending on the the length of your hair the oil works it's way from the scalp towards the ends. If your ends are damaged the lipids aren't making it to the ends, causing frizz and fly-aways.
And guess what: if you're using a gentle sulfate free shampoo, you'll need less because you won't have to overcompensate for stripping out your natural oils.
2. Get a rub down.
In between shampooing days, really massage your scalp in and out of the shower. You can do this with a dry scalp as well. Massaging the scalp increases blood flow, stimulating the follicles and generating healthy oils. More oil? Yes. But iinstead of sitting around on your scalp, they'll be nourishing your hair from roots to ends.
3. Learn to meditate.
Love that feeling of relaxation when you luxuriate under a steaming hot shower? Me too. But guess what - it dries the heck out of your hair (and your skin). Use COOL water and be chill. Find your zen elsewhere.
4. Don't be so rough.
When you get all hard-ass on your strands with a terry towel you rough up the cuticles, creating more frizz. Instead use a soft t-shirt or something with a flat weave to dry your hair. Sandwich your hair in the cloth, then press, squeeze and pat gently.
5. Seal the deal.
Use a thermal-protectant like our Baobab Brilliant Restorative Hair Oil. Apply it to your damp hair before you start styling. Not only will it cut your drying time in half, but it'll be easier on your strands.
(Note to science nerds: high quality silicones bond to water molecules, thereby lowering their flash point). That means your hair dries at a lower temperature, with less heat. Less heat = less damage.
Depending on your hair structure the different layers in your hair follicle absorb moisture (humidity) in different factors, thereby creating frizz and fly aways. Use the Oil again after your heat styling to seal the hair cuticles and provide a protective layer from moisture in your environment.
Experiment with all these techniques to find the best routine for you. It can take time for your hair and scalp to adjust, so be patient and be kind to yourself and your hair. On the days when your hair may not be at its ultimate best you can distract everyone with your dazzling smile.