By Maui V. Reyes for Yahoo! Southeast Asia
We know, it sounds crazy. How do you fight grease with even more oil? But the idea is similar to that of beating water retention: you drink more water to get rid of the excess water in your body.
Greasy hair is caused by an imbalance in sebum. Sebum is oil that your scalp secretes to lubricate and moisturize your hair. Without it, your hair will be dry, frizzy, and lifeless. But too much sebum can cause excessively greasy hair.
Enter natural oils. And just because it's an oil doesn't mean it's out to drench your hair in grease. Some natural oils can actually help tone down grease in your hair. Here are some of them:
Orange and lemon. Not only do they smell good, but they also helps regulate sebum production. Create a hot oil treatment by placing eight drops of either oil into your fave bottle of shampoo to reduce oily hair after cleansing.
Rosemary. Supposedly helps promote hair growth, rosemary balances the scalp's oiliness. It is also used as a treatment for dandruff. Restore your mane's balance by combining four drops of rosemary oil and two tablespoons of olive oil in a jar. Shake, then massage onto hair. Wrap your hair in a warm towel for 15 minutes, then shampoo twice. If you don't have time to DIY, you can simply pick a shampoo containing natural oils. Read more on Natural Oils for Your Hair
Lavender. This relaxing and calming oil also cleanses, tones, and dries hair—just enough to balance out oil production. Try this at home: combine eight drops each of lavender and lemon oil with two tablespoons of hazelnut oil (a cooking oil that helps the hair and scalp soak in the other oils). Work the mixture into your hair, and tuck hair under a shower cap. Let the mixture soak in for a couple of hours, or overnight. Rinse off in the morning with a gentle shampoo.
Tea tree. This gentle oil packs a strong punch: it works as an astringent, stripping hair of excess oil, and also has antiseptic properties. Put eight drops of tea tree oil in your favorite shampoo to reap this oil's benefits.
Eucalyptus. Balance oil production with this essential oil that also relieves and reduces inflamed skin. Want a quick pick-me-upper? Add four drops of eucalyptus into one ounce of primrose oil. Then add this to two cups of distilled water, and place in a plastic bottle with a sprayer. Spritz onto hair and massage through your scalp and hair. Leave on for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse off with cool water.