Managing Oily Curls

We hear a lot of curly girls expressing their annoyance with their hair getting oily.  While it’s better to wash your curls once a week or every few days, some curlies wash daily in frustration. We want you to have healthy, non oily curls, so here are our suggestions for managing oily curls.

Cowash: While this might seem counter productive at first, shampoos can actually make your hair more oily. Stripping curls of natural oils causes them to produce even more. Use a cowash to help break up the gunk on your scalp without moving the natural oils your curls need. You might also find your curls become smoother and easier to manage as well.

Oatmeal: If you simply cannot give up shampoo, consider adding oatmeal to the mix. Oatmeal naturally absorbs excess oil. Mix a small amount with your shampoo and massage onto the scalp. Allow it to sit for half an hour before rinsing with cool water. When you’re selecting your shampoo, make sure to pick up a sulfate and paraben free product to protect your delicate strands.

Cornstarch: This is a natural alternative to dry shampoo if you want to avoid chemicals. Mix a tablespoon of cornstarch with a tablespoon of rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle. You don’t want to overdo it, as alcohol can be drying to curls. Mist throughout your curls, focusing on the roots and allow to sit for half an hour. Use a microfiber towel to rub it away or rub it in with your fingertips.

Baby powder: Baby powder smells amazing and is very absorbent. Sprinkle it throughout your curls, focusing on your scalp and allow to sit for several minutes. Use your fingertips to massage it into your scalp and roots. Flip your curls upside down and shake your curls to release any extra product.