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Oily Scalp + dry ends? Shampoos for combination hair
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Oily Scalp + dry ends? Shampoos for combination hair

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Oily Scalp + dry ends? Shampoos for combination hair

Combination hair refers to a hair type where different sections of the hair exhibit characteristics of more than one hair type. Find yourself being super confused when your ends feel dry and brittle and your scalp feels like an oil slick? Each combination presents unique challenges in terms of hair care, requiring a tailored approach to address the specific needs of both the scalp and the lengths of the hair. We put together some of the most common combinations, and the routine you can follow for each.

Oily scalp + dry ends:

One of the most prevalent combinations—oily scalp and dry ends—poses a challenge that requires a delicate balance. The excess sebum production on the scalp often results in greasy roots, while the ends of the hair lack the natural oils necessary for moisture retention. The occurrence of oily roots paired with dry ends is commonly observed in individuals with finer hair. The diminished thickness of each hair strand implies a higher concentration of oil glands per unit area, resulting in an oilier and stickier scalp. Consequently, the ends, being the oldest section of the hair, tend to exhibit dryness and increased susceptibility to damage.

It is best to use a clarifying shampoo once a week to really get rid of excess sebum at the roots, and then cleanse twice or thrice a week with a gentle shampoo. The upside-down method of shampooing could work—flip your head and only focus on massaging the lather into the roots, instead of all-over. A clay mask for the scalp is also a good idea—it helps to balance without excessively drying out the rest of the hair. Deep conditioning the lengths can help add moisture back without flattening the hair at the roots—just start from the mid-lengths and smooth hair down.

Try: Bioderma Node G Purifying Shampoo For Hair With Tendency To Oiliness, Wella Professionals Invigo Nutri Enrich Deep Nourishing Conditioner, Minimalist Oil Control Hair Serum Scalp Post Shampoo Treatment with Vitamin B6 + Carnitine 3%

Sensitive scalp + oily lengths:

The delicate balance between a sensitive scalp and oily lengths demands a specialised approach. Sensitive scalps are prone to irritation and require gentle, fragrance-free products, while oily lengths necessitate a strategic deep-cleansing routine. Try using two different shampoos—just massage a soothing formula on the scalp and work in a clarifying shampoo to the mid-lengths and ends.

A soothing scalp serum could also really help. Look for one with calming ingredients like aloe vera, cucumber, panthenol, calendula—it’ll leave the scalp feeling hydrated and calm. Stay away from ingredients that’ll weight down the hair like heavy oils and thick silicones.

If you like a moisturising champi, opt for a lightweight oil that is gentle on the scalp and suitable for oily lengths. Jojoba oil and grapeseed oil are excellent choices due to their light consistency. If you find that pure oil is too heavy, consider diluting it with a carrier oil or adding a few drops to your regular conditioner to create a lighter mixture.

Try: Minimalist Hair Repair Complex 3.5% Hair Shampoo With Ceramide, Kevin Murphy Scalp Spa Serum

Dandruff-prone scalp + dry hair

Managing a dandruff-prone scalp with dry hair requires a balanced routine that addresses both concerns. Use a medicated or anti-dandruff shampoo containing ingredients like pyrithione zinc, ketoconazole, or coal tar. Dermatologists usually suggest washing your hair 2 to 3 times a week if you have dandruff and then tapering this down if you go can longer between washes. Apply a nourishing conditioner to the lengths and ends of your hair—don’t take it up to the scalp at all. Look for a product that provides deep hydration without weighing down your hair.

If you have dandruff (and not seborrheic dermatitis), you can add in a scalp scrub to your routine. Choose a gentle scrub with natural ingredients like salicylic acid or tea tree oil. After cleansing, apply a scalp leave-in treatment with calming ingredients like aloe vera, chamomile, or oatmeal.

Try: Inde Wild Moonlight Scalp Serum, Bare Anatomy Anti-Dandruff Shampoo, Thriveco AHA BHA PHA Exfoliating Scalp Scrub, Dove Daily Shine Conditioner

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