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Conditioner VS Oily Hair

I've known people to be afraid to put conditioner on their roots because they fear it will make their hair get oily faster. For ladies with oily hair, the constant struggle to make it less so is endless. I know, because I'm also an oily scalped lady. Dry shampoo becomes a necessity, and we avoid anything oily by chance that it might make it worse. For conditioner, many have said they don't put it on their roots because it makes their hair get oily, faster. Or, at least they think it will make their hair get oily faster. Much in the way that oils on oily faces can be really good, conditioner on oily scalps isn't such a bad idea.

The glands. Your sebum glands are also under your scalp and do the same thing as they do under your skin. They produce oils when your scalp is dry to provide moisture and protection. The drier your scalp, the more oils are produced. Genes are also a cause for over-active glands (in this case, nothing much can help you.)
Therefore, your hair is going to get oily regardless. Whether or not you put conditioner on your roots, your hair will still get oily. Washing your hair with shampoo dries the hair and scalp out. It's entire function is to open up the cuticles to wash thoroughly. Conditioner serves as a closer. It closes up the cuticles and smooths the hair out while adding moisture. Without the moisture, your scalp remains dry and thus, your sebum glands must replenish by producing oils. If you add in the moisture yourself, the glands won't need to do it so much.
As for the question of conditioner making your hair get oily faster, that's actually dependent on how well you wash the conditioner out, and how often you wash your hair. 

Putting conditioner on your roots. Not only will this replenish and lock in moisture (lessening the need for sebum oils), but it will help the health of your hair in the long run. Your hair is already dead. Your split ends won't repair. Putting conditioner on your lengths will only smooth them out to make them feel softer, but it won't necessarily make them healthier. Your roots, however, that is fresh hair, it's alive more than your lengths are. How you take care of your roots will determine the health of your hair as it grows out. So basically, it's a good idea to take care of your roots as they grow, and conditioner is what is going to do it. Hair oils are also great to help that along. 

Conditioner VS your hair getting oily faster. The major contender for speeding up the oils is a dry scalp. The more you wash, the drier it will become. To help, you simply just need to space out how often you wash your hair. Don't wash every day and use a sulfate free shampoo. When conditioning, always try to wash as much of it out as you can so you aren't leaving any excess behind. Washing in cool water will also help a tonne. The build-up of oily conditioners can trap and suffocate the glands, causing them to produce oils. So all you need to do is wash it out as much as you can. Shampoos for oily hair will also help extend its life, but, unfortunately, it will get oily anyway.

In the end, conditioner doesn't actually make the hair more oily or make it oily faster. It really doesn't have that much of an impact. If anything, it will help control how much oil is produced, by balancing out the dryness of the scalp and the need for the sebum glands. So don't be afraid to condition those roots. Stock up on a dry shampoo to help with the bad days, watch how often you wash and the products you're using. It'll all be okay. 

Photo by Sheree Grace

- Sheree

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