Other factors can come into play, of course, such as hot environmental conditions or overheating caused by strenuous exercise, etc - but nine times out of ten a few simple haircare adjustments can help alleviate the problem:
- Have regular in-salon scalp cleansing treatments, approximately every 4-6 weeks, to slough away dead skin cells, reduce bacteria, and promote a healthier scalp overall.
- Shampoo hair in luke warm water as opposed to hot. Heat stimulates sebaceous glands and results in faster oil production.
- Choose shampoo wisely and never use a moisturising or two-in-one product.
- Never substitute shampoo with washing up liquid. It hasn't been safety tested for this purpose and it's designed to strip oil from pans and dishes not from a delicate structure such as hair!
- Clarifying shampoos aren't necessary either - they're only required for occasional use, to remove product build-up such as non-soluable wax or hair-spray. They're not intended for sebum control and are too harsh for frequent use, thereby resulting in dry, weak and damaged hair.
- Change the way in which you shampoo! Today's modern products are formulated to loosen oil & dirt from the surface of the hair shaft - it is not necessary to scrub at all, and doing so will stimulate even greater oil production. Instead of scrubbing try wetting hair thoroughly, spreading shampoo liberally into the palms and stroking it onto the hair from root to tip. Allow it to seep through to the scalp before rinsing thoroughly with lukewarm water and repeat . Hair will be just as clean with the added bonus, it will not tangle.
- Apply an appropriate conditioner to the mid-lengths and ends only. Never apply at the roots or close to the scalp.
- Brush and comb gently, without over-stimulating the scalp and keep hairdryer temperature moderate. Whenever possible allow roots/scalp to dry naturally.
- Reducing the frequency of shampooing will result in slower oil production, therefore, it is important to leave as long as possible between shampoos, and using a good quality dry-shampoo to go an extra day or two will be extremely beneficial.
- Don't over apply dry shampoo as doing so will make hair feel heavy and dirty - totally defeating the object! For the same reason it is best not to combine it with hairspray.
- Avoid using oily styling/heat-protection products on or near the scalp.
- Try to avoid using hairspray too often.
If none of the above helps, it may be that hormonal or other health-related issues are affecting you and it may be advisable to mention the problem to your GP. In extreme cases, your GP may wish to refer you to a trichologist.