Why Do I have an Oily Scalp and Dry Hair?

We are pretty sure you’ve heard of combination skin types but did you know that hair can also have a mix of both - oily and dry? You probably notice this when your scalp gets excessively oily while your hair and its ends remain dehydrated. 

How then, do you deal with both oil and dryness together? We explore the reasons why this happens and what you need to know to manage your combination hair type.

Do you have Combination Hair?

First off, it is important to find out if you indeed have combination hair. If your hair often feels oily at the scalp but your hair feels brittle and dry, you probably do. Chemically treated and coloured hair can often show signs of combination hair type as it is stripped off moisture, right at the roots. 

You may also notice that the hair near your scalp gets oily fast, while the other end is susceptible to split ends, and in constant need of nourishment. An oily scalp can be itchy, and will make your hair look lifeless and slick while dry ends will add to the not-so-nice look with frizz and damaged bits! 

Although it sounds complicated, treating two pole-opposite symptoms on the same head of hair is certainly possible. Stick with us and we’ll discuss more!

The Right Way to Brush

As much as you think that brushing through oily hair will make it even more greasy, it is not true! Brushing your hair can, in fact, help re-distribute natural oils from the root of your hair throughout its length and also help nourish the dryer ends. 

Also, pay attention to the way you brush after washing your hair. When we wash our hair, the follicles open up and it is at this stage that you can expect a lot of hair fall. We need to be cautious when combing wet hair - light, soft brushing through the hair will prevent it from falling. 

A healthy scalp regenerates hair,making it look healthy, silky and shiny. The SMIB innaBi Scalp Essence contains a high concentration of the effective coral calcium which helps your scalp with the use of the technology supported Plasma Scalp Massager

Invest in Scalp Cleansers

Oily roots are caused by the sebaceous glands in your scalp. When these glands produce excess sebum it can make your scalp look greasy. 

And while we all think of what shampoo to buy, it is important to consciously purchase something for your scalp too. Remember that a dirty scalp means clogged pores, more oil or sebum, resulting in dandruff and even hair fall! Shop around for products that focus especially on cleansing the scalp with medically proven ingredients to do the same. 

SMIB’s revolutionary products work towards the cleansing of the scalp. Free from 23 harmful ingredients, including silicones, this popular hair brand contains protein and marine complexes such as Niacinamide and Biotin, that keep hair silky and smooth. Additionally, SMIB’s Coral Calcium Shampoo maintains a healthy scalp as it relieves itching due to inflammation. It also forms a skin barrier to protect your scalp and by keeping your scalp healthy, and thereby prevents hair loss effectively. *

*A clinical test report showed that when used together as a complete set, SMIB’s hair loss shampoo, treatment, hair essence and massager helped to soothe the scalp, reduce the number of missing hair, improve scalp elasticity and increase tensile strength. 

Know Your Ingredients

With hair products choker-full of ingredients that we can’t even pronounce its important to know what’s going into your scalp. If remembering the toxic list is hard, just keep an eye out for these ingredients and make sure your hair products come without them: Sulfates, Parabens, Alcohol, Formaldehyde, Silicones, Phthalates and Para-Phenyledediamine. 

Stay Away from Heat

Blow-drying and ironing your hair can pass on excess heat to your scalp, which tends to make your hair even more oily. This is because heat encourages the production of oil and these start to trickle down the rest of your hair, especially when it is straight. Straighter hair is also closer to the scalp, so its easy for oil to transfer to your hair. 

Similarly, introducing curls and waves into your hair will give the illusion of volume but also slow down the transfer of this oil to it. 

Get a Hair Cut

There’s no reason to go entirely short, but a hair cut can help get rid of your dry ends faster than any other product or fancy trick. This is especially important if you’ve been avoiding getting a necessary trim every few months. Also, the longer your hair, the tougher it is for oil to make its way down to your ends. A regular trim can actually get rid of your split ends and damaged cuticles, giving your hair a new lease of life!

Buy a Quality Hair Leave-on Treatment

In a country as humid as Singapore, you need to treat your scalp as you would your face. This means you should not shy away from washing your scalp often enough, even everyday! Will it affect your dry hair further? Counter any resulting dryness by using a leave-on treatment on the ends of your hair, so you have a clean scalp but well nourished hair at the bottom.

Also consider regular visits at your hair salon for a pick-me-up treat. For salons that work with specialized scalp care SMIB products, visit here.