Thursday, 2 February 2012

The Way GlitterBalm Deals With Oily Hair!

I just thought that this was a pretty good guide, or at least a starting point, for anyone else out there who gets oily hair fairly quickly. My hair at its oiliest was horrible I'd HAVE to wash it daily or else it would be super grease. I found that it was the worst when I was blonde, in high school and my roots had grown in 2-3 inches. Because the blonde part of my hair was more damaged and dryer it didn't get very oily, but my healthy medium brown roots were oily to the max.

Since then I've gotten mental about my hair, and have been maintaining a color that's about the same shade as my natural hair, but is a more reddish/auburn color. To keep control of my oily hair I've found that mixing up your products is the key don't use the same shampoo and conditioner all the time, your hair will get used to to the product(s) and the benefits they may provide could be lost due to the constant use. [If you have normal or dry hair, it isn't necessary to switch up your products with every wash, maybe do it once a month, or whichever your comfortable with].

In my hair arsenal I use three different shampoos, two different conditioners, and one leave in conditioner. I alternate between these products every time I wash my hair (which is every other day). In addition to these I also do a hair treatment once a week.

Karma Komba & New! Bar Shampoo's 

 First off, I use LUSH shampoo bars, my favorite one now is the New! Shampoo. When I use this shampoo (or any LUSH shampoo) I don't condition in the shower. After I get out my hair is quite tangly but after a few spritz' of Garnier Fructis Colour Shield Double Care Leave-In Spray all the tangles come out quickly and the leave in doesn't make my hair oily at all. LUSH also has a shampoo called Karma Komba, which works well at controlling oil too (See the reviews for New! & Karma Komba Shampoo's here) Keep in mind that LUSH does have a shampoo for oily hair, its called Jumping Juniper which I haven't used yet (I can't wait to get it!). Link to LUSH

I'd like to also note that Squeaky Green shampoo works well  (review here) in keeping oil at bay, its just not my favorite shampoo, of the LUSH ones I've tried. I think that for the most part, any of the LUSH bar shampoos would do well in maintaining oil.

The next set of products I use are the John Frieda Full Repair™ Full Body Shampoo & Conditioner. I only use this because my hair is damaged from coloring and straightening. I shampoo from root to tip with this and when I use the conditioner I don't put it on my roots, just the tips, think the bottom 5 inches of hair. This shampoo & conditioner combo smells great, it smells like Hugo Boss Deep Red perfume, but much more subtle. After this my hair is super soft and silky. Even though these two products aren't specifically for oily hair, I can was my hair one day and not have to wash it the next, which is amazing! Link to John Frieda.

The next time I wash my hair I use The Body Shop Rainforest Balance Shampoo & Conditioner, these are a shampoo and conditioner for oily hair. They work pretty well. I shampoo as normal and condition as normal both from root to tip, since they're formulated for oily hair. Plus, I love love love the smell of this, its almost a herbaly smell. Link to The Body Shop.

In between all of these products I use Ojon Damage Reverse Restorative Hair Treatment. I've been using this weekly since Christmas, and I love it. Once a week before bed, I split my hair down the back of my head, warm some product in the palms of my hands and work it through half my hair, concentrating most of it on my tips. And so the same thing on the other side. After all that I comb though it with a detangling comb from The Body Shop. I then put my hair in a french braid and go to sleep. When I wake up in the morning, I shampoo, with anyone of the products mentioned above minus the conditioner I'd normally use on that day, I shampoo twice to make sure all the oil is out. A lot of people don't enjoy the smell of this stuff, it has almost a nutty smokey smell, which I really like, but if you don't they've come out with a new version of this product with a much lighter scent.

I know it seems like putting a whack of oil on my hair sort of defeats the purpose of trying to control my oily hair, bur since using this I have really noticed an improvement in the texture and shine of my hair. My tips aren't nearly as dry as they were before I started using this. Link to Ojon.

That's it! I never realized how many products my hair regime consists of. Since using all these products I've really noticed an improvement in my hairs oil. Its much more controlled then it used to be. Hopefully it helped someone!

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