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Video:How to Make Hair Appear Less Oily

with Kaytie Sproul

Oily hair can be an annoying and unsightly feature, and it can be hard to get rid of. Luckily, here are a few tips on how to make that oily hair appear less oily.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make Hair Appear Less Oily

Hi, I'm Kaytie Sproul, here for About.com, and today I'm going to show you how to make your hair appear less oily. Those of us with thin hair tend to find that it gets oily much faster than desirable. However, by following a regular hair care schedule, and using a few special products, you can keep your oily hair at bay.

Use Clarifying Shampoo to Fight Oily Hair

Consider the following: The first thing you need to do is wash your hair daily with a clarifying shampoo. Look for shampoos that contain panthenol, which is a body-building ingredient that penetrates the hair cuticle, making each strand thicker. If you find that your hair appears oily within 24 hours of washing it, consider conditioning every other day and avoiding mousses and pomades when styling your hair. If you absolutely can't go without conditioner on a daily basis, avoid using it directly on your scalp, and be sure to thoroughly rinse it out of your hair to prevent build-up, which can exacerbate the oily look you're trying to avoid.

Soak Up Oil Using Talcum

In between washing your hair, you can use a little talcum or baby powder on your scalp as needed, which will soak up any oils and leave your hair looking clean and smooth. Simply applying a small amount of powder to your fingertips and gently massaging it into your scalp will do the trick.

Dry Shampoo Helps With Oily Hair

If you find that you like the feel of the talcum or baby powder on your scalp and hair, you might also enjoy using dry shampoo, which adds volume to your hair while removing excess oils. This process can be used at any time, but should not replace your daily shampooing routine. Start by parting your hair down the middle and spraying the dry shampoo as close to your roots as possible. Re-part your hair, moving to a new section, and repeat the spraying process. Once you've got an all-over application of the dry shampoo, begin lightly massaging the product into your scalp. Finally, take a fine tooth comb and brush your hair from the roots to the tips.

Follow a Schedule and Use the Right Products

Oily hair is something that we'd all like to avoid, and by following a consistent hair care schedule, you can keep your thin hair looking clean and full. Just remember to use the right products, supplementing with powder or dry shampoo as needed, and your oily hair will be a thing of the past. Thanks for watching. To learn more, visit us on the web at About.com.
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