Probably the best accessory gifted to us is our hair. Great hair can enhance one’s appearance by manifolds. However, in today’s modern life our hair goes through a lot of damage due to pollution, dust, dirt, sunburn, poor diet and chemicals.
One of the most trivial hair complaints is greasy hair that leads to dandruff, hair fall, fizz and tangling of hair. Greasy hair is the result of excessive secretion of sebum by the sebaceous glands. Sebum is responsible for maintaining the moisture balance of the hair. But, its overproduction can give a dull, dirty and lifeless appearance to hair.
5 Common Causes of Greasy Hair
Overuse of Hair Products
Ayurvedic solutions for Greasy Hair
Ayurveda, the 50 centuries old health care technique is a holistic approach to cure the body from within. It professes some of the most effective natural solutions that work wonder for our precious mane.
Diet and Lifestyle
According to the Vedas, Ahara-Vihara are two major factors that influence the health of the hair. Irregular dietary habits and deficiencies of essential vitamin and minerals affect the quality of hair.
Oiling of Hair
Oiling plays a crucial role in managing greasy hair as it enhances blood circulation in the roots and balances the excess oil production in the scalp. Warming the oil before application and oiling twice a week gives better results.
No doubt that managing greasy hair is a task, but shampooing every alternate day is not the solution. Though it cleans the hair off the grease and dandruff; it further agitates the sebaceous glands to produce more sebum.
Some other hair care secrets from the lap of nature:
Lemon juice: The acidic nature of lemon helps in removing excessive oiliness, dandruff and soothing itchiness of the scalp.
Bananas are a power-pack of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that aids in controlling excessive oil from scalp and hair. A paste of banana and honey is an amazing potion for oil-free hair.
Apple cider vinegar helps in reducing greasiness of hair by removing chemical residue thus making the hair soft and silky.
Eggs are a rich source of vitamin B12, biotin and calcium- nutrients essential for healthy hair. The egg white is enriched with enzymes that fights bacteria and reduces oiliness of scalp and hair.
Mint is an amazing herb loaded with antioxidants and anti-bacterial properties. The astringent property of mint helps in removing excess sebum from the scalp.
Orange peel is a rich source of calcium, vitamin C and anti-oxidants that helps in removing greasiness from hair and scalp.
Tea tree oil has anti-fungal and antiseptic property that helps in fighting bacteria and fungus. Tea tree oil is hailed for its amazing property that aids in removal of excess oil, sebum and dirt.
Aloe vera is loaded with vitamins, minerals and enzymes that detoxify the impurities of the scalp and balances the production of sebum. It is a proven remedy for greasy hair.
Dr. Sandhya Bhat, Physician, AyurCentral, Chandra Layout, Bangalore