I’ve explained that I’m a dry girl. Little to no oil production going on over here. So I was surprised when I had a daughter totally opposite to me in that respect. She has dry scalp and oily roots. Not an easy combination but not impossible to treat.
So, for my baby girl I did some research!
My first question…how can you have oily roots and a dry scalp? One would assume that the oil from the roots would moisturize the scalp…not exactly.
The two are actually closely related.
Dry scalp is caused from the scalps inability to make or hold enough moisture. Remember our scalp is skin too. Just like any other skin on our bodies…it…needs…moisture.
When your scalp is dry, your body works overtime to produce more oil to moisturize it. Hence, the oil buildup on the roots. Not only can it and will it build up on the roots, the excess oil will build up on the scalp as well. Causing even more dry scalp build up…see the vicious cycle.
Be wary of using conditioner and if you do need it because sometimes our ends get dry! Use it only on the ends!
It took me and Elle-Catherine a LONG time to come up with this solution to her hair woes, but I think we finally found her remedy. She used a LOT of shampoos until we hit the jackpot.
She uses three different products (yes, they are all drugstore!).
#1 L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Clay Re-Balancing Shampoo
We use a clay mask on our faces (see my Instagram or Facebook for my review of Queen Helene’s Mint Julep mask) to help pull out oil from our face. It works. They are effective.
L’Oreal took that concept and put it in shampoo form.
Many of the ingredients found in this hair product are typically found in skin products like kaolin clay and salicylic acid. It actually contains 3 refined clays to aid in removing yucky grease from the hair.
This shampoo sucks up all the excess oil in the hair, even in the problem area knows as the roots while at the same time keeps the ends looking healthy. It is a clarifying shampoo (they remove stubborn build-up from your hair) so evm if you just have product build up and not necessarily oily hair this is a good choice for you.
All you gals with oily hair…you have to try this!
There is a pre-wash mask and a conditioner in this line as well as the shampoo.
EC washes her hair everyday (if you have oily hair most likely you do as well) she used this one 4 to 5 times a week.
#2 Nizoral A-D Shampoo
This is a dandruff shampoo that contains Ketoconazole (an antifungal that is used to treat and calm skin irritations.) It is in this shampoo because it helps to heal the scalp from all the irritation caused by the dryness and oil buildup. This will clear up your scalp and has been known to increase hair growth.
This is the king of dandruff shampoos.
It could dry out your hair so if you tend to have dry ends use conditioner (only on the ends).
EC has used ALL the dandruff shampoos…you name it we have used it. This one…this one works. She uses this shampoo 2 to 3 times a week. This one is kinda pricy at $15 but totally worth it.
#3 Scalp Detoxifying Pre-Wash Mask
As the name implies, this is a product that you use BEFORE you shampoo. This is a new product just released in 2019 and we were so excited when we found it. (at Walmart of course!) Since this is used before you shampoo it starts the process of cleaning the scalp of all the impurities that have built up on it.
EC uses this once a week.
There you have it. I absolutely would recommend every single product in this post; if I didn’t my baby girl (who is almost 18 but still my baby) would never use them!
Here are the links to purchase if you are interested. L’Oreal Clay Shampoo