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Oily Hair: Treatment, Procedure, Cost and Side Effects

What is the treatment?

Oily Hair is also called as fatty, greasy, oiled, oleaginous, smeary.

How is the treatment done?

Greasy hair is a hair condition which is common in humans, one of four main types of hair conditioning normal, greasy, dry and greasy dry. It is primarily caused by build-up of the natural secretion from the sebaceous glands in the scalp and is characterised by the continuous development of natural grease on the scalp.A chronic condition of greasy hair may often accompany chronic greasy skin conditions on the face and body and oily skin and acne.Certain factors can cause oily hair, but your personal care routine may also be to blame. Excess scrubbing during shampooing can irritate the scalp, causing more oil, as well as too many washes. Your hair should never be washed more than once a day.

If you have an oily scalp, don’t brush your hair too much, as this will distribute the grease throughout your strands. You may also consider making over your hair care cabinet with styling products that don’t contain lotions and creams.Aside from proper care, diligence in the application of the right oily hair remedies and products also plays an important role. Some believe that frequent shampooing will stimulate the sebum production, but this has no basis in fact; the opposite is true. Greasy hair should be washed often, i.e. daily if necessary. Every shampoo treatment removes almost all sebum from the sebaceous glands. Each shampooing removes a little more sebum (fat) providing the shampoo is massaged into the scalp. The result is clear: Proper care will prevent oily hair

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

If regular shampooing doesn’t control oily hair, it may be time to consider other causes. This is especially the case if excess oil is accompanied by dandruff flakes. Seborrheic dermatitis can cause oily hair because of high sebum production. This condition is characterized by yellow, oily patches on the scalp. The oil quickly makes its way from the scalp to your strands. Psoriasis, caused by excess skin cell turnover, may also cause oily hair if your sebaceous glands overproduce sebum. Unlike seborrheic dermatitis, psoriasis is red and silvery in appearance. Both conditions may appear as annoying dandruff at first, but is persistent despite shampooing. See your doctor if oily hair is accompanied by any of these signs.

Fortunately there are solutions for how to treat oily hair. A dermatologist will help in serious cases –prescribed medications contain all- trans- retinoic acid or ATRA for short (a vitamin A related substance), which regulates the sebaceous gland secretions. However, in most cases special hair care products will make an effective oily hair treatment. These products will restore the balanced production of oily substances from the sebaceous glands. Seaweed or herbs like horsetail, rosemary, coltsfoot, nettles, chamomile and salvia regulate the sebum production and help get rid of oily hair. Medicinal tar shampoos may also regulate the sebum secretion. Please note: Avoid products containing proteins or lipid-replenishing substances such as oils or silicon! They only make a difficult situation worse by weighing the hair down and making it even oilier than before.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

Increased hormones during puberty are often to blame for excess oil in the hair. Considering this fact, dealing with oily hair during adulthood may be confusing. However, other types of hormone fluctuations can cause oily hair as an adult. Birth control pills are a leading cause in women, as well as pregnancy. Hormonal issues in both men and women can lead to excess sebum production in the scalp.Excessive carbohydrate, fat and starch consumption can increase the likelihood of developing greasy hair and also poor personal hygiene and not washing the hair for a long duration will lead to a buildup of sebum in the hair follicles.Hair conditioners can decrease the likelihood of developing greasy hair after shampooing.

Are there any side effects?

The common symptoms of oily hair include ,Excess sebum production which makes the hair heavy, weak and difficult to manage.Formation of greasy dandruff which sticks to the sebum forming a layer on the scalp.Itchiness of the scalp.Hair loss or progressive thinning of hairSo, it is necessary to avoid the proliferation of sebum into scalp to prevent the damages to the hair and scalp due to the growth of bacteria and fungi. The excessive sebum blocks the hair follicle and disturbs the blood circulation, resulting in weak hair.If you do not face this, then you do not have oily hair.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

The hair cells are prone to permanent damage as the chemicals used in the treatment are very strong. This can be injurious as often the chemicals seeps into the body through the scalp. It may also prevent the growth of healthy hair as it damages the roots of the hair permanently.n individual is vulnerable to allergic reactions if the product used is inappropriate and the chemicals in the product does not suit their hair and scalp. In some cases, if the chemicals come in contact with the skin and scalp, it can also cause rashes. Hence, it is advised to do a preliminary test by applying the product on a small patch of the skin before using it.

With the dryness of the hair comes another subsequent problem, dandruff. Excessive aridity of the scalp causes the excess cells to fall off forming scaly flakes scattered throughout the scalp. It leaves the scalp very itchy and flaky. It can lead to hair-fall.If not chosen the right product during the treatment, It can can cause nausea and dizziness to an individual when inhaled. Moreover, the chemicals used in the process can also cause irritation to the eye.

How long does it take to recover?

Use shampoos with a translucent appearance and avoid creamy shampoos.Every now and then, you should remove excessive oil (sebum) from your hair and scalp using a healing earth cure package. You can purchase healing earth in drug and chemists’ stores. Healing earth absorbs and binds large amounts of oily substances and is therefore an ideal product for oily hair.Wash your hair early in the day. Sebaceous glands work particularly hard at night.

Greasy hair irritates the scalp and renders it particularly sensitive. You should avoid adding more stress and therefore avoid exposing your hair to hot water and from using the hair dryer too frequently. Other unnecessary irritations are tight braids, tight head gear or hats.Use only lukewarm water. Hot water stimulates the sebum production.Do not use a hair brush. Brushing will only distribute the sebum all through your hair from the roots to their ends. Combing your hair will be sufficient.Do not use rinsing agents. Oily hair needs less conditioning than dry hair. The number one rule is, ‘Less is more!’.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

It usually depends on the kind of treatment opted for.Each treatment has different period for recovery from oily hair. Also, it is advisable to maintain a balanced diet with the right type of food and in the correct quantity.Excessive hair wash can also cause hair to be sticky.Hence ,take proper care of the hair referring to the correct treatment.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

The cost depends upon the treatment used.If it is the shampoo it can range from RS.200 to Es.700.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

The results cannot be 100% permanent as the factors which cause oily hair will depend on how well the person maintains it.Factors causing it will be present.But the person taking the treatment has to make sure ,he continues to take proper care of hair even after treatment is completed in the manner as prescribed.

Safety: Condition Effectiveness: High Timeliness: High Relative Risk: Low Side Effects: High Time For Recovery: High Price Range:

Rs 200-700

Popular Health Tips

Tips To Treat Acne in Pregnancy!

MBBS , DGO , FIMAS
Gynaecologist, Delhi
Tips To Treat Acne in Pregnancy!

Many women experience acne during pregnancy. It is most common during the first and second trimester. During pregnancy our body produces an increased amount of hormones called androgens which can cause the glands to grow and produce more oil. This oil leads to bacteria, inflammation, and breakouts. This is natural, and nothing to worry about from a health perspective. There is often no way to prevent acne during pregnancy as it is not possible to control the hormonal changes that lead to the problem. However, you can take following precautions to check its outbreak:

  1. Use a mild, soap-free face wash or cleanser to clean your face daily. You should cleanse your face not more than twice a day.
  2. Pat your skin dry after each wash as rubbing with towels or washcloths can irritate the facial skin, leading to the problem.
  3. Use oil-free moisturizers, face wash and makeup.
  4. Use an oil-free sunscreen lotion whenever going out during daytime.
  5. Wear full-sleeve clothes to avoid exposing your skin to direct sunlight.
  6. Wash your hair regularly especially if you have oily hair.
  7. Maintain proper hygiene. Wash and clean your towels, pillowcases and hats regularly.
  8. Drinking lots of water to flush to keep the skin hydrated.
  9. Have a balanced diet containing plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables which are rich in vitamins A, E and B complex and fibre.
  10. Avoid oily, greasy foods and fast foods.
  11. Have adequate sleep and practice some relaxation techniques to avoid fatigue and stress.
  12. Stop touching your face that often as bacteria from your fingers can pass on to your face.
  13. Buy makeup products after utmost diligence.
  14. You should also take zinc supplements to prevent acne.

If you still get acne despite following the above mentioned tips, then you should take appropriate medicine as prescribed by the dermatologist. Medicines like Clindamycin e.g. Cleocin T, Clindagel, Azelaic acid (Finacea, Azelex) and Erythromycin are considered safe during pregnancy. You can also apply the medicine only as recommended as most products are intended for daily or twice-daily use only. Also try some home remedies like apply a mixture of honey and ground oatmeal to your face and rinsing off gently. Massage gently with a plain carrier oil such as argan oil or olive oil. You can also consider applying aloe vera gel to cure acne. These treatments will not be as effective as taking medicines though.

However, avoid hormone therapy including anti-androgens like spironolactone, flutamide and estrogen as these can lead to major developmental changes to the foetus. Oral tetracycyclines and topical retinoids should also be avoided. Accutane also leads to increased risk of miscarriage, hence do not even consider it. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a Gynaecologist.

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5 Remedies for Oily Hair

MD - Skin,VD & Lepxsy, MBBS
Dermatologist, Rewari
5 Remedies for Oily Hair

Oily hair can kill the entire effort a person invests in looking good on a special day. It is hard to style oily hair. Excess oil can also lead to skin problems. Facial acne or pimples are often caused due to an oily scalp. Cribbing about the problem is of no use. The best way to deal with oily hair is to see a dermatologist at the earliest possible. Following a few home remedies could help you control excess oil.

Ways to deal with oily hair:

  1. Aloe Vera can work wonders- Aloe vera when used in combination with a mild shampoo and a spoonful of lemon juice can remedy oily hair. A concoction, such as this should be used as many times a person shampoos his or her hair. Washing your hair with aloe vera for three weeks at a stretch can give you desired results. Aloe vera can also be used as a conditioner. A mixture of fresh aloe vera gel and apple cider vinegar, when applied on wet hair, conditions hair while removing greasiness. 
  2. Use some lime juice- Lime or lemon juice has effectively treated excess oil and dandruff since ages. It can be used without much hassle. Lemon contains citric acid that treats sticky hair and also fights bacterial infections. It is important to wash your hair after the juice has been absorbed into your scalp.
  3. Rinse your hair with tea- The benefits of tea leaves are just too many to list. While drinking tea improves your biological health, rinsing your hair with tea can condition hair ends like nothing else. Apply tea liquor when it is lukewarm; tea leaves act as an astringent in treating oily scalp. This is due to the presence of tannic acid in tea.  
  4. Shampoo thrice a week- Shampooing your hair every alternate day can prevent oil accumulation in the pores of the scalp. Sebum and dirt make a person have sticky and oily hair. Washing regularly will rid you of the dirt; the hair remains fresh and clean. Light massaging in the shower can also improve blood circulation in a person's scalp. 
  5. Do not rub or scratch your scalp- There are people who love moving their fingers through their hair. This is a bad habit as it leads to more oil secretion. Scratching your scalp from time to time or drying the scalp too vigorously can also act as a deterrent in controlling oil secretion.
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Oiling Of Hair - Are There Any Benefits Of It?

MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, MD - Skin & VD, DDV
Dermatologist, Hyderabad
Oiling Of Hair - Are There Any Benefits Of It?

Grannies and mummies emphasize on the usefulness of oiling your hair. If they could, they would have made you do so regularly. Going outdoors with oily hair and an oily scalp is next to impossible in present times. On the other hand, pollution along with the fast paced lifestyle, takes a toll on your hair health. To counter the ills of dull hair, oiling is must. One must be aware of certain points while applying oil on his or her hair.

When should you oil your hair?

You should not be oiling your hair at any time of the day. People tend to stick to their feasibility and oil their hair whenever they find time out of a busy schedule. Use oil only when you decide to remain indoors for quite some time. Oil absorbs dust and grime easily and hence, going out with oil on your hair before a head bath will only dirty your scalp all the more.

Oil should be applied at night before going to bed. Letting your hair remain oiled overnight will strengthen the roots and hair follicles. This way you add nourishment and luster to your otherwise dry and frizzy strands.

The benefits of oiling your hair frequently:

1. Fights off dandruff: Dryness causes dandruff to occur. If you can deal with dryness, you are halfway through in dealing with dandruff as well. If you suffer from acute dandruff, the oil-producing glands in your scalp will produce oil in meager quantities only. All these symptoms necessitate the regular application of oil.

2. Oil is effective as a deep conditioner: Oil, especially coconut oil acts as a deep conditioner. It can also be used to detangle your hair without much hair fall. Oil should be left on the scalp for a couple of hours to enhance complete absorption.

3. Repairs hair damage due to sun exposure: The ultraviolet rays of the sun make your hair brittle. Sun rays can also lead to discoloration of hair. Oil provides vitamins and other nutrients to poor quality hair, thus making it strong and shiny.

4. Feel rejuvenated by applying oil on your hair: Oiling one's hair is the best way to chuck stress out of the window. Oil can relax both your mind and body. Using lukewarm oil on one's scalp once in a while will improve blood circulation and will also relax the tense nerves of your hyperactive brain. 

 In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Oiling Your Hair - Is It Really Beneficial?

MD - Dermatology, Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology (FAAD), MBBS
Dermatologist, Kolkata
Oiling Your Hair - Is It Really Beneficial?

Grannies and mummies emphasize on the usefulness of oiling your hair. If they could, they would have made you do so regularly. Going outdoors with oily hair and an oily scalp is next to impossible in present times. On the other hand, pollution along with the fast-paced lifestyle takes a toll on your hair health. To counter the ills of dull hair, oiling is should be done. However, one should be aware of certain points while applying oil on hair

When should you oil your hair?

You should not be oiling your hair at any time of the day. People tend to stick to their feasibility and oil their hair whenever they find time out of a busy schedule. Use oil only when you decide to remain indoors for quite some time. The oil absorbs dust and grime easily and hence, going out with oil on your hair before a head bath will only dirty your scalp all the more.

Oil should be applied at night before going to bed. Letting your hair remain oiled overnight will strengthen the roots and hair follicles. This way you add nourishment and luster to your otherwise dry and frizzy strands.

The benefits of oiling your hair frequently:

1. Fights off dandruff: Dandruff is commonly identified as powdery dust or scale of the scalp. And, in case it is not caused by some fungal infection, oiling can improve the condition as it will nourish the dry scalp, however, in case dandruff is due to a fungal infection, then oiling can actually worsen the situation. 

2. Oil is effective as a deep conditioner: Oil, especially coconut oil acts as a deep conditioner. It can also be used to detangle your hair without much hair fall. Oil should be left on the scalp for a couple of hours to enhance complete absorption.

3. Repairs hair damage due to sun exposure: The ultraviolet rays of the sun make your hair brittle. Sun rays can also lead to discoloration of hair. Oil provides vitamins and other nutrients to poor quality hair, thus making it strong and shiny.

4. Feel rejuvenated by applying oil on your hair: Oiling one's hair is the best way to chuck stress out of the window. Oil can relax both your mind and body. Using lukewarm oil on one's scalp once in a while will improve blood circulation and will also relax the tense nerves of your hyperactive brain.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Tip For Hair

MBBS, MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy
Dermatologist, Mohali
Tip For Hair

A gentle shampoo designed for daily washing should be used for washing straight or oily hair.

Popular Questions & Answers

I have too much hair fall from past many months and my corners of forehead is becoming wider due to it. What should I use to save them or regrow them. My hair us dry to oily. They are very dry after washing when I do not use oil but till evening they automatically gets oily as my skin also behaves the same way.

MD, MBBS
Dermatologist, Chennai
You are suffering from hormonal changes causing Androgenetic alopecia causing hair fall. It's completely stoppable even regrowth of hair is possible with certain medications without any side effects. Treatment depends on the grade of hair loss. So, it's a must for diagnosing which grade, you are in for an effective treatment. Please send photos of your head, by direct online consultation for accurate diagnosis and proper treatment.
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Hi, my hair is getting oily every 2 days so I am taking head bath every 2 days. How to make hair dry and get rid of oily hair. Suggest something.

Dermatologist, Kolkata
Oil in hair is due to excessive sebum excretion due to influence of androgenic hormone. Excessive sebum secretion can be controlled by taking isotretinoin cap. Provided your lipid profile is normal.

I have hair fall problem, I'm 19 years old and my hair is oily. If I wash my hair with shampoo and do not use a little amount of oil, the very next day if I do not use shampoo, my hair becomes oily. What should I do?

MBBS, MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy
Dermatologist, Mumbai
You are suffering from androgenic alopecia which is also called as pattern baldness. The hairs start reducing in density at the crown (top) and also the hairline starts receeding from the front. This is usually progressive throughout life unless treated. It is usually accompanied by severe dandruff which we call seborrhoea. The FDA approved treatment for this condition is the best. No oil or cream will magically work because the hairs are getting miniaturised and eventually disappearing due to the hormonal effects of DHT on the hair roots. Please call me or contact me with photos using online consult option for proper examination and treatment. Do not start treatment without consulting. I can give guidance and then you can continue treatment on your own.
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I'm suffering from dandruff and I have oily hair. I didn't get dandruff treatment for oily hair .hope here I will get home remedies or some treat meant or advice. Please help me to get rid of that. Now hair also started falling due to dandruff.

MBBS, MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy
Dermatologist, Mumbai
Dandruff can be treated with lotions and shampoo (not commercial ones). Some people do have more oily scalp which cause visible flakes which we call dandruff. There are some other conditions also which can present like flaking of the scalp and have to be ruled out. Do not apply oil on scalp as it will increase the problem. Please contact me with photos through online consult option for proper examination diagnosis and treatment.
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What is the treatment?
How is the treatment done?
Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)
Who is not eligible for the treatment?
Are there any side effects?
What are the post-treatment guidelines?
How long does it take to recover?
What is the price of the treatment in India?
Are the results of the treatment permanent?
What are the alternatives to the treatment?
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