Help me with my oily roots and dry ends

The roots of my hair have been oily since I was a young teen, but the ends have only been this dry since I first used a demi-perm hair color this past December. My roots are like the Persian Gulf and my ends are like the Sahara Desert. I wash my hair every other night, but I need to use dry shampoo on the second day.

I'm currently using Suave Professionals Rosemary and Mint shampoo and conditioner, which seem to be working all right. Right after I colored my hair, and for about a month thereafter, I used Renpure My Foxy Hair Needs Fixing! shampoo and conditioner, but then switched back to the Suave because I felt like the Renpure shampoo, being sulfate-free, was doing nothing to clean my hair; it looked oily the morning after washing. The conditioner was useless for hydrating my hair; I had to use Ion Effective Care treatment to make my hair soft and moisturized. Once in a while I'll use my Herbal Essences Drama Clean shampoo with either the Ion treatment as a conditioner, or my new Profectiv Mega Growth deep conditioner (I've only used it twice so far and still getting the hang of how much to use). My hair has also been much more prone to tangling and breakage since I colored it; I even got about an inch cut off to remove any split ends, and my hair felt nice and was easy to comb through for only the first day, then felt like its tangly old self again!

I use various styling products and treatments, but I need to be very careful of how much I use or else my hair will look greasy, since it is rather thin. After washing my hair, I use Suave Kids detangling spray, and I have been using Profectiv Mega Growth lotion on the frizzies near my temples and on the last inch or two of my hair while letting it air-dry, and it works much better than my L'oréal Vive Smooth Intense serum that I was previously using. Sometimes I'll put coconut oil in my hair from the nape of the neck down to the ends, and keep it in for a few hours before washing my hair. It makes my hair really soft and shiny once it's washed and dried!

But is there anything I can do about my oily roots? My hair is quite long now so I really don't want to have to wash my hair every day. I suppose I could use dry shampoo more often if I were to wash my hair less often, but then it would look dull after a couple of uses.

Last edited by fihe; 04-05-2013 at 06:42 PM.
I know it might not be entirely CG, but you may want to consider investing in a good boar bristle brush (BBB). I still try to brush my hair once a week, but I used to brush every night. You need to get that sebum (oil) from your scalp onto the ends of your hair. A BBB will help distribute those nourishing oils where you need it. Just make sure you detangle with a wide toothed comb or your fingers before brushing!

You may also find benefit in oiling your ends with a high-quality, hair friendly oil. I use sweet almond oil, coconut oil, monoi oil and/or grapeseed depending how dry my hair is. I also oil my ends before washing my hair (1 - 2 times per week) for at least 30 minutes. *Every* night, I rub at least 3 drops of oil to my ends. A little goes a long way.

My hair is about 3 inches away from waist and I plan to grow it to tailbone length. Happy growing!!
CG Journey Start Date: 08.21.12 Now modified CG
F/M texture, Med Density, Low/Normal Porosity, Hennindigo

Current Routine (Still working out the kinks):

Sulfate wash: CHSTS
Low-Poo: OMAO
CO-Wash: IEC, VO5VMT, TNRV
Rinse Out: YTCarrots, DLOO, Renpure Red, GVPCB
LI: YTCarrots, CCC
PT: NPF
Styler: AG:RC, KCCC, LALNC, FSG
Gel: BRHG+Biotera
I know it might not be entirely CG, but you may want to consider investing in a good boar bristle brush (BBB). I still try to brush my hair once a week, but I used to brush every night. You need to get that sebum (oil) from your scalp onto the ends of your hair. A BBB will help distribute those nourishing oils where you need it. Just make sure you detangle with a wide toothed comb or your fingers before brushing!

You may also find benefit in oiling your ends with a high-quality, hair friendly oil. I use sweet almond oil, coconut oil, monoi oil and/or grapeseed depending how dry my hair is. I also oil my ends before washing my hair (1 - 2 times per week) for at least 30 minutes. *Every* night, I rub at least 3 drops of oil to my ends. A little goes a long way.

My hair is about 3 inches away from waist and I plan to grow it to tailbone length. Happy growing!!
Originally Posted by tambalina
hmm, I suppose I could use a BBB for when my hair has been blow dried straight. Lately I've been wearing my hair in its natural wavy state, and I find that if I am able to get enough volume in my hair, it doesn't look so oily.

I have olive and jojoba oil; I wonder if either of those would be good.
mostly 2a hair, fine, medium density, low porosity?
Not sure if your styling products have silicones or not, but if not... Use the shampoo on your scalp only. Seriously... put a little on your fingertips and massage your scalp like crazy then rinse. Then use your rinse out conditioner on the length of your hair. That way you aren't drying out your hair. I dye my hair on a pretty regular basis and using that technique has seriously helped my hair. I also switched over to a sulfate free low-poo. I started out washing every other day. A year later, I now only wash on Tuesdays and Fridays unless something happens to necessitate another washing (like swimming in a lake). It took about a month for my scalp to adjust, but once it did, it was a lot less oily than before.
Hair Properties: 2A/2B, Medium-fine, Normal porosity, Normal elasticity, Medium density
Low Poo: DevaCare, Yes to Cuc's
Rinse Out: DevaCare One Condition, Yes to Cuc's
Cowash: Suave Naturals Lavender, Yes to Carrots Scalp Conditioner
Curl Cream: AG ReCoil, Organix Moroccan Oil Curl Cream
Gel/Mousse: Sweet Curls Elixirs FSG w/ Mag Sulfate added, Sweet Curls Elixirs hard hold gel, DevaCurl Frizz Free Foam, Aquage Uplifting Foam
Protein: Spiral Solutions Protein Spray for daily use
I have olive and jojoba oil; I wonder if either of those would be good.
Originally Posted by fihe
Olive is very moisturizing and you need just a few drops for the ends of your hair. For me, jojoba acts as a waxy coating instead of getting absorbed by my hair. For others, it's the greatest thing since sliced bread. Jojoba is a great sealer after a leave-in conditioner. Again, 2 or 3 drops should be sufficient.
CG Journey Start Date: 08.21.12 Now modified CG
F/M texture, Med Density, Low/Normal Porosity, Hennindigo

Current Routine (Still working out the kinks):

Sulfate wash: CHSTS
Low-Poo: OMAO
CO-Wash: IEC, VO5VMT, TNRV
Rinse Out: YTCarrots, DLOO, Renpure Red, GVPCB
LI: YTCarrots, CCC
PT: NPF
Styler: AG:RC, KCCC, LALNC, FSG
Gel: BRHG+Biotera
The roots of my hair have been oily since I was a young teen, but the ends have only been this dry since I first used a demi-perm hair color this past December. My roots are like the Persian Gulf and my ends are like the Sahara Desert. I wash my hair every other night, but I need to use dry shampoo on the second day.

I'm currently using Suave Professionals Rosemary and Mint shampoo and conditioner, which seem to be working all right.
Originally Posted by fihe
I hate to say it, but I think the shampoo is causing your oil problems. I was using that shampoo before I finally got sick of the oily and itchy scalp I had (and my husband and daughter were also having scalp problems) and decided to make a change. I picked up sulfate-free, silicone-free, and paraben-free Nature's Gate Shampoo in Tea Tree formula. I already had it in my mind that I wanted to go CG friendly, because I had a suspicion that the sulfates were the culprit. The reason I had continued to use that Sauve Rosemary & Mint as long as I did was because I loved the scent, EVEN though I read negative reviews about it causing scalp problems on Amazon. Now I'm pretty darn sure of it, because once I switched to Nature's Gate and started conditioning with cone-free (various brands: VO5, Tresemme Naturals, Loreal EverCurl, GVP Joico Hair Reconstructor (like Joico K-Pak)), my scalp has not been oily or itchy. I don't wash every day, and this is almost a miracle to me, but my scalp is not greasy on the end of the second day, and I can go a third day if I wanted to, and my hair doesn't even smell badly.

Now, I do wet my hair most days and comb in some conditioner, and either rinse it out or leave it in or a little of both, so it's getting rinsed usually. But even on a day like today (on which I did not wet my hair), my hair is not greasy and it's the end of the second day!

I just wanted to share my personal experience with the shampoo you've been using. I think it's too harsh and may be inflicting at least some of the issues you've been having with your roots and scalp.

Best wishes!
Started embracing the 2b waves in March 2013. I can't believe how immediate the difference, when I stopped using sulfates! Now I need guidance on most everything else.
My best guess so far at my hair profile: 2b, medium porosity, fine and med width strands, low-to-med density, medium length.

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