HOW TO CARE FOR OILY HAIR
AND PROMOTE A HEALTHY SCALP
Dull, limp oily hair is often prone to irritation and itching, and should be treated to prevent lifeless hair and premature hair loss.
As well as leaving hair looking far from its best, excess sebum can asphyxiate the scalp and disrupt the healthy functioning of hair follicles. Hair that is suffocated at the roots gradually weakens, thus increasing the risk of hair loss.
What causes an oily scalp?
Sebum secretion is a natural process that protects the scalp and prevents it from drying out. When combined with sweat, it forms a hydrolipidic film over the scalp — a protective barrier that prevents bacteria developing and helps keep skin supple. When sebaceous glands produce too much sebum, the latter clogs the hair bulbs and weighs hair down at the roots, quickly leaving it looking greasy and sticky just hours after being washed. In the most severe cases, this can lead to itching, irritation, and unpleasant odors.
Known as seborrhea, excessive sebum secretion can be caused by a variety of factors: a hormonal imbalance (male hormones are responsible for sebum production), stress, an unbalanced diet, excessive use of hair coloring products that irritate the scalp, unsuitable hair care or products.
How to regulate sebum secretion and treat oily hair
* Proper hygiene is crucial. Hair should be washed with a gentle-cleansing, targeted-action shampoo that's kind to hair in order to avoid triggering a reaction in the sebaceous glands. This shampoo should allow users to wash their hair as often as they like without triggering a seborrheic reaction.
For daily use, Leonor Greyl recommends Lait lavant à la Banane, featuring an incredibly gentle formula designed to cleanse while being kind to hair and ensuring it remains full of life.
Used every other day or less often, Bain TS keeps oily scalps healthy without stripping them of essential oils. Its anti-seborrheic and antiperspirant properties rebalance the scalp, keeping hair clean and silky for longer. Massage the shampoo in while gradually adding a little water, and always rinse thoroughly to prevent build-up on the scalp.
Avoid styling products, which tend to weigh hair down.
* One of the most common mistakes made is using baby shampoo, which contains very few cleansing ingredients and will not help to treat oily hair. Always use the right shampoo for your scalp and, when necessary, apply a conditioning mask to the lengths and tips of hair to keep it moisturized.
* To effectively treat the problem, sebaceous secretions must be rebalanced through a deep treatment in order to avoid blocking the hair bulbs and triggering hair loss.
Used at least once a week instead of shampoo, Huile de Germe de Blé removes sebum deep within the follicle while revitalizing the scalp. This is a must-have product for all those with oily, limp and tired hair that will restore energy and volume.
For those suffering from hair loss, Huile de Germe de Blé can be mixed with Concentré énergétique prior to application to enhance the product's stimulating effect.
When sprayed on after each wash, the leave-in Tonique végétal ensures a long-lasting effect on the scalp, slowing down sebum production and excessive sweating. It helps hair stay cleaner for longer and extends styling hold, resulting in a visible improvement of the problems related to oily scalps.
In addition to using these treatments, make sure you adopt a healthy lifestyle and seek advice from a dermatologist if the condition persists.
If you would like to receive an in-depth diagnosis and a balancing treatment from one of our specialist consultants, book an appointment at the Institut Leonor Greyl: 15 rue Tronchet, 75008 Paris, tel. +33(0)1 42 65 32 26.