Not too many people realize it, but fatty hair is a fairly common hair care problem. It is outright annoying but the real concern is if it is caused by some other medical conditions. Thus, it is important that you know how to properly deal with fatty hair to ensure that you can get the hair you want and be able to execute elaborate styling with it.
The biggest concern with fatty hair is how it can cause your hair strands to become shapeless even after you tried styling it with hot tools and other hair care products. But in order to properly address this condition, it is important to determine the cause behind it. The roots of your hair are composed of sebaceous glands that are responsible for producing sebum, which is a fatty substance. This natural oil is beneficial to hair because it helps to retain moisture and keep your hair looking shiny and vibrant. Without sebum, scalp can be dry and the strands tend to break.
However, too much sebum production can lead to fatty hair. The fact that it can make each strand too fatty is just one aspect of the problem; the bigger concern is when the sebum clogs the pores and result to dandruff problems, too. There are a combination of factors that can cause fatty hair but it can either result from hereditary factors, dietary choices, and improper hair care habits.
Here are some tips to keep in mind when dealing with fatty hair, as broken down into two sections: what you should and should not do.
Do’s for Fatty Hair:
• Wash hair often. Make sure to invest in specialised hair care products designed to fight fatty hair and its causes. These products are formulated to restore the pH balance in your hair so that your sebaceous glands’ activity is regulated. Choose products that contain one or a combination of the following ingredients for best results: rosemary, chamomile, salvia, coltsfoot, and horsetail.
• Aside from looking at the above ingredients, washing your hair with translucent shampoos is also recommended for fatty hair. On the flip side, creamy shampoos are a major no-no.
•The frequency with which you wash your fatty hair is not the only critical factor in addressing the problem. It is also best to wash early in the day because the sebaceous glands tend to secrete oils during the night.
• Use topical treatments and apply it directly to your scalp. This will help to fight excessive sebum production with regular use.
Don’ts for Fatty Hair:
• Never use hot water to wash your fatty hair or using hot tools frequently. Any of these activities can irritate your scalp and trigger unwanted production of sebum.
• In addition to the tip above, refrain from using tight head gear or braiding it too tight because these can also irritate the sensitive scalp.
• For fatty hair, combing is better than brushing.
• Avoid the use of rinsing agents in your daily hair care routine. While dry hair needs proper conditioning, it is a no-no for fatty hair.
Do you have naturally fatty hair? How do you care for it?