Help Me Choose A Natural Shampoo For Oily Hair
Humans, in fact all mammals, have sebaceous glands that secrete an oily, waxy material called sebum that helps lubricate our skin. Sebaceous glands are present all over our body (except the soles of the feet and palms) and are most abundant on the face and scalp.
Oily scalp is the result of overactive sebaceous glands. Although these natural oils are essential for a well hydrated scalp and healthy hair, excess oil can cause hair to become limp and unruly. The first reaction is to grab a bottle of “drying” shampoo. These shampoos dry out the hair and scalp by stripping away the natural protective oils. The dried out scalp sends a signal to glands that it needs more oil. So drying out your hair and scalp simply aggravates the problem by encouraging the oil glands to produce more oil to compensate for the loss.
Our natural shampoo bars are formulated to promote healthy hair and scalp by cleaning without stripping natural oils!
Natural shampoos containing citrus essential oils help balance oil production and are often great for oily scalp. We also make three shampoo bars with soapnuts (aritha) which contain natural saponins (foaming agents) that provide an extra cleaning boost without drying the hair and scalp. Their natural antifungal and antibacterial properties also help with dandruff.
We have compiled recommendations based on information gathered from friends, family, and customers. You will notice product overlaps in the recommendations. One person's dry hair shampoo is another's oily hair shampoo. Try trial size samples to find the best fit for your hair.
"I have had oily hair (I guess its really my scalp) all of my life. I have tried so many shampoos but no matter what type of shampoo I tried I still had to shampoo at least once a day. All of this shampooing has made my hair dry and full of static. To help the dry length I had to use lots of conditioner which made my hair flat and if I took a morning shower, my hair was often greasy by evening. I have been using your Chamomile and Citrus Shampoo Bar for months. I love it and my hair loves it! I still have to shampoo everyday, but now my hair is moisturized and soft. My fine hair even has body! I sometimes need a bit of conditioner for the tangles, but now I can use a tiny bit so my hair does not feel heavy and I never need a second washing if I am going out in the evening. I decided to try the Summer Sunshine because you said that it was also a pretty light shampoo and so far so good with that one too! Please NEVER stop making these wonderful shampoos!" Sara, California