Over the last 2 months or so, I have been experiencing a real oil problem with my hair! Now I'm not one to wash my hair too often (twice a week max!), however, straight after washing and drying my locks, I have noticed and felt my hair is waxy around the crown. I have never experienced this and my hair has always generally been quite well behaved (up until this point!).
My hair type is silky, extremely fine and straight. Most may think that's great, but let me assure you - it isn't! As a result of having this hair type, my hair is incredibly flat and it's pretty hard to achieve any form of volume or body which exceeds 15 minutes. Also, without a ton of hairspray/product, curls or any form of waves simply fall out within 20 minutes!
So I have tried alternating shampoos (as I have read online that you should never stick to the same shampoo for a long time). It's worth noting I don't use conditioner, as my hair is so naturally silky and limp, I don't want to add any more unnecessary 'weight' to it! I ensure I spend extra time thoroughly rinsing out the shampoo, however this waxiness around the hair crown persists!
I wanted to test different shampoos and dry shampoos to see if any delivered a desired result. Although my search continues, I did find some of the reviewed products did bring a little joy (although not 100%).
The shampoos I will be reviewing are:
- Simple Kind To Hair Gentle Shampoo
- Body Shop Rainforest Balance Shampoo
- Peter Thomas Roth Mega Rich Shampoo
- Batiste Dark Dry Shampoo
- Percy and Reed No-Fuss Fabulousness Dry Shampoo
Simple Kind To Hair Gentle Shampoo
Back in my teenage days, I was very fond of using the Simple Skincare Range, which served me very well. Therefore, I thought it made perfectly good sense to try out the Simple Kind to Hair Gentle Shampoo in order to salvage my oily hair. It wasn't what I expected and I was left quite disappointed with the product. I didn't see any improvement, considering I thought it may have helped going back to basics with a 'simple' shampoo (literally) . The long parts of my hair felt clean, however the crown of my hair still felt oily, which I noticed when drying my hair. I think this shampoo would be good if your hair type is normal and you don't suffer from any sort of oiliness to begin with. However for me, on this occasion it didn't benefit my hair in any way.
Body Shop Rainforest Balance Shampoo
Now after doing some research online, I came across this Body Shop shampoo which is described to be specifically for oily hair. The shampoo claims it:
'Cleanses to reduce excess oil for hair that looks clean and fresh all day.'
I was quite excited to wash my hair using this shampoo, after reading some online reviews which claimed any signs of oiliness were literally washed away. The ingredients include 'pracaxi oil, white nettle, seaweed and Community Trade sugar and aloe vera', which I was impressed with as well containing 'no silicones, no sulphates, no parabens and no colourants' - I thought I may be on to a winner!
The directions on the bottle advised me to rub the shampoo in between my hands in order to create lather before applying it to my hair. The first few times using this particular shampoo, I was achieving good results and I noticed my hair wasn't as oily as it had been. Infact, my hair was how it always used to be, which I was very happy about. However, after continuing to use the shampoo for the next few washes, I noticed my hair had reverted back to its oily ways. Therefore, this shampoo was no longer good for me. The smell and ingredients are all very refreshing, however, in terms of keeping my hair oil free - unfortunately it didn't last for very long.
Peter Thomas Roth Mega Rich Shampoo
I first came across this shampoo when staying in a Hilton Hotel in Dubai. All the vanity products were Peter Thomas Roth - from the moisturiser to the shampoo and conditioner. I have tested this shampoo during my oily period and it's worked quite well (yippee!). It also smells absolutely amazing which is a bonus! The downside being it's a little pricey (varies from £12-£18 depending on where it's bought from), as I am used to paying £10 max for shampoos - but I would say it's worth it! Although, there have been a few occasions where I have noticed my hair did come out greasy. This may have been down to my lack of thorough rinsing or perhaps an overall deeper problem. This shampoo is definitely my best friend when my hair is behaving normally.
Batiste Dark Dry Shampoo
During my darkest 'oily' moments, I have turned to the good old trusted dry shampoo as a saviour! This is probably the best decision I have made. Immediately after using this dry shampoo, the oiliness is soaked up and my hair has instant volume (double bonus!). This particular dry shampoo is slightly coloured for dark hair, which is even better helping to eliminate that awful grey/white powdery residue which usually appears when using other dry shampoos. I use this dry shampoo underneath my top layer at the roots which adds extra volume. I use it very lightly on the top layer, ensuring it is thoroughly blended in. The only downside of this dry shampoo is the smell, which isn't the greatest, however it's not too over empowering. I would also say that after a few days use, my hair feels awful to touch at the roots - in terms of feeling extremely powdery and gritty (if that's even a word?!). Although, having said that, what else could be expected from continuously using dry shampoo on the roots over 2/3 days?! A good product, widely available, very cheap (£3-£4 /200ml) and comes in different colours. I would definitely recommend! There is also a very interesting dry shampoo review, which can be viewed here: http://www.reviews.com/dry-shampoo/. Batiste dry shampoo comes out very well, which further enforces my experience of it!
Percy and Reed No-Fuss Fabulousness Dry Shampoo
Another gorgeous dry shampoo. This dry shampoo does exactly the same as the Batiste Dark Dry Shampoo, however it smells 100,000,000x better and fresher BUT costs much more at around £12 (150ml). Although the product is designed to be used on all hair colours (unlike Batiste who offer a range), the product surprisingly blends into my dark hair very effortlessly. The dry shampoo creates texture and bounce, which I always love, as it's so difficult to achieve otherwise. I love the packaging and the design on the bottle. I would also recommend this dry shampoo. Personally, I like using both of the reviewed dry shampoos and alternate between the two during my oily hair days!
Please note all prices stated are correct at time of publishing the post.
All statements and recommendations are purely my own opinion. I have not been paid to feature or advertise any product, brand or service in this post.
After writing this blog post, I decided to do some online research into oily hair to determine if there were any underlying issues as to why this was happening. I found out that I wasn't alone with this problem!! There were lots of women on the internet who were venting about their oily hair issues, which made me feel a little better that I wasn't the only one.
Basically the issue is related to increased seborrheic production, which is essentially increased oil production on the scalp to put it simply - giving that oily, waxy look around the hair crown (ew). Following some advice I have found online (It's An Itchy Little World), I have started using Dr Organic Tea Tree Shampoo (£5.79/250ml), which helps to strip the hair of oil. Prior to that, I soaked my hair with apple cider vinegar (ensuring it was diluted with water so it would't burn). I kept that on my scalp and hair for around 30 mins. Then I rinsed it out using the Dr Organic Tea Tree Shampoo mixed with 1 tablespoon of bicarbonate soda. I can say that this worked 100% and my hair felt NON WAXY, clean, incredibly soft and generally how it used to - yippee!! I now continue to wash my hair alternating between Peter Thomas Roth Mega Rich shampoo and Dr Organic Tea Tree shampoo. However, I still monitor my hair and if I notice that the greasiness is slowly coming back, I add 1 tablespoon of bicarbonate soda to the Dr Organic Tea Tree shampoo which usually does the job! After trying out so many different shampoos, in an attempt to combat the greasiness, the magic treatments were to be found down the food aisles of a supermarket! Who'd have thought it?!
I have also discovered a new therapeutic shampoo (Neutrogena's T/Gel) which is to be used to help treat seborrheic dermatitis, which I think what this waxy condition may be! I now regularly use this twice weekly and my hair remains wax free!