Q) “My hair has always been oily, but lately it’s become a greasy-at-the-roots, parched-at-the-ends nightmare. Even worse, my scalp has started flaking, though it’s not dry or itchy. What can I do?” – Rhianna, NSW
Read celebrity hairdresser Brad Ngata’s expert advice now…
A) “It’s a good idea to talk to your stylist next time you visit to determine if the oil is coming from the scalp or from the hair itself,” advises Ngata.
“Every case is different, but if you have a greasy scalp and dry hair, try using a gentle shampoo on your scalp and a more moisturising formula on the lengths of your hair. This should balance the scalp, which is producing too much sebum, while hydrating the drier ends. Also try to wash in lukewarm, or even cool, water. Hot water can overstimulate your scalp’s sebaceous glands.”
“If your hair is oily rather than your scalp, chances are you don’t have an oil problem as much as a product problem,” says Ngata. “You may be using products that are too heavy for your hair type or might not be rinsing properly.”
Now, about that flaky scalp…
Again, Ngata suggests stopping by your stylist for a consultation, but says greasy flakes are a likely sign of dandruff. “Contrary to what most people believe, there is a big difference between dandruff and a dry scalp – dandruff flakes are actually oily, not dry,” he explains.
If you do have dandruff, Bh recommends:
Head & Shoulders anti-dandruff products from your local supermarket or pharmacy. Each formula contains flake-fighting pyrithione zinc (ZPT) and there are variants for all hair types. The Citrus Fresh Shampoo and Conditioner (from $5.99 each) work together to boost oily hair while doing away with dandruff.