6 Helpful Hair Hacks For an Oily Scalp & Dry Ends

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For those of you who have the unfortunate combination of an oily scalp but dry ends, this tutorial is for you! Follow along to learn 6 really effective hair hacks for your combination hair.

We'll be talking about which products to use, most of which you may already have, plus how to use them correctly. Let's get started!

Tools and materials:

  • Dry shampoo
  • Baby powder
  • Volume- and root-lift spray mousse
  • Hair conditioner or repair serum
  • Hats
How to shampoo for oily roots and dry ends

1. Shampoo less

Wash your hair as infrequently as possible! This is a really good tip no matter what your hair type is. Over-shampooing will contribute to dry ends and will make your oily scalp worse.

This is because the more you try shampooing out the natural oils, the more your scalp tries replenishing the oils! So, once every 3 or 4 days should be optimal.

Best hair care products for an oily scalp

2. Use dry shampoo

Use dry shampoo between hair washes. Dry shampoo will help to soak up the oil in your scalp and make your hair more voluminous. 

If you are not a fan of dry shampoo or have had trouble finding just the right one for you, you can substitute baby powder.

Since it’s already made for babies, baby powder is completely safe to use on your skin and scalp.

Applying baby powder to oily roots

How to use baby powder on oily roots

To use the baby powder, section the hair at your scalp bit by bit and dust the baby powder evenly on your scalp in each section.

Massage the baby powder in really well so you don’t have any white flakes visible.

Applying root-lift mousse to the hair roots

3. Use a spray mousse

Use a root-lift spray mousse.

Just as the name of this product suggests, this mousse will give lift and volume to your hair at the roots, counteracting the flattening effect that your oily scalp has on your hair.

Apply the root-lift mousse right after you have washed and towel-dried your hair.

Just as you did in hack with the dry shampoo or baby powder, section your hair at your scalp bit by bit. Shake the mousse and spray it over the root area of each section.

Massage the mousse in and then blow-dry and style your hair as you normally would.

Shampoo hack for oily roots and dry ends

4. Try a scalp-only wash

This one is especially good for people who like to work out in the morning, which can get their scalp sweaty.

Simply tie your hair back with a hair elastic, and then wash just your scalp over a sink. That way you’re cleaning your oily, sweaty scalp without further drying your ends.

Once you’ve washed your scalp, you can blow dry and style your hair as you normally would.

Tips for handling combination hair

5. Wear a hat

When there’s no time to do any of the other hacks, do the simplest thing – put on a hat!

You can use a lightweight fashionable hat on hot days or a wool beanie or felt beret on cold days. The objective is simply to hide your scalp!

How to use conditioner on combination hair

6. Be careful with conditioner

Remember to follow every hair wash with a good conditioner or leave-in hair repair serum on all of your hair except for your scalp area.

The conditioner will add back moisture to the rest of your hair that the shampoo has stripped out. But your naturally oily scalp will take care of your root area by itself!

Hair hacks for oily scalp and dry ends

Hair hacks for oily scalp and dry ends

Use these hacks to keep your hair healthy and gorgeous. Let me know in the comments below if these oily scalp/dry hair ends hacks were helpful for you.

Also, if you have some hacks of your own that were not mentioned here, please share them in the comments as well!

Products used

  • L'Oréal Techni Art Fresh Dust Dry Shampoo
  • Himalaya Baby Powder
  • Loreal Techni Art Volume Lift Root Lift Spray Mousse
  • Loreal Absolute Repair Serum
Suggested materials:
  • Dry shampoo
  • Baby powder
  • Volume- and root-lift spray mousse
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