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Oily Scalp + Dry Ends?! Here’s How To Deal With Combination Hair!


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Dry hair, split ends and an oily scalp – does that sound like the story of your life? What you have right there is a scalp condition called combination hair. On day one you have fabulous hair, but come day two you have oily roots and limp, lifeless hair. These mixed signals can drive anyone crazy! Combination hair usually begins with an oily scalp and transitions into dry, split, sometimes frizzy ends. Hair like this can be tricky to manage, but not anymore. Just follow our lead and you’ll be on your way to a worry-free scalp and happy hair days!

What causes combination hair and how do we deal with it?

combination hair

When you have a scalp that produces too much oil and leads to limp hair, often the oil doesn’t travel down to the ends of your hair and you are left with dry and frizzy ends. If you have oily skin, you’re more likely to have an oily scalp. But external factors like sun damage, pollution and excessive heat styling can make your strands dry and brittle.

Taking Care Of Confusing Combination Hair

We know it can be a nightmare to find that perfect balance and the perfect products. Hang in there! It may take you a few trials to figure out what works best for you.

1. The Right Poo

combination hair

Using a harsh shampoo and shampooing too frequently can cause excessive oil (sebum) production, leading to a greasy scalp. While shampooing, apply shampoo to your scalp only – working it in and massaging the scalp gently. Don’t rub your ends too much as it can lead to excessive dryness.

  • For all you ladies who MUST wash their hair every day, invest in a good quality baby shampoo as it is gentle and won’t mess with your scalp’s natural pH balance with daily washing (which can trigger oiliness). We suggest good old Johnson’s Baby Shampoo.

  • If you despise washing your hair more than twice a week, befriend BBlunt’s dry shampoo. It can be your savior on days where you just don’t have time to wash and style.

2. Conditioning Well

Using conditioner too close to your roots or using too much conditioner can cause also cause even more oily scalp problems. You should condition ONLY the ends of your hair.

3. Tone Down The Steam

A steamy hot shower is super relaxing, but hot water can be really harsh on our strands. It can strip your hair and scalp of all the naturally produced oils, causing frizzy, dry hair. Lukewarm water is your BFF when it comes to being gentle on your locks and making them less prone to frizz.


4. Give Your Hair A Break

Coaxing your hair into submission with hair irons, blow drying and curling irons is only causing your hair and scalp to go into overdrive. Give these styling treatments a rest a few times a week to give your locks a breather. Be confident; embrace your natural hair and work it with confidence instead of damaging it with all the styling. It will only make it even more unmanageable with time.

5. Clear It Up

If you are a hairstyle junkie (and we don’t blame you!) then styling products can often be found in your strands. All that residue is going to make your greasy scalp problems even worse. We suggest looking for a good clarifying shampoo that can be used once a fortnight to remove all the product build-up and give your hair and scalp that squeaky clean feel.

6. Brush Like A Boss!

Throw out your plastic brush and purchase a boar bristle brush. Give your hair a good brushing daily with these brushes to ensure even distribution of oils from your scalp to your tips.

7. Don’t Over-Oil

combination hair

We all love our champis and head spa massages, but we suggest you go easy on these treatments. Frequent oiling with thick oils can cause you to overcompensate while shampooing to remove all traces of oil from your scalp – which in turn will cause your scalp to produce more oil, while leaving your strands dry. It’s a vicious cycle, ladies. Look for a light hair oil that is easily absorbed into the hair and scalp and is easy to wash off. Jojoba and grapeseed oil are fabulous light alternatives to our moms’ mustard oil massages.

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