Do you have an oily hair and are searching for the best way to get rid of it? Healthy hair starts at the scalp, and an oily scalp can be caused by several factors including stress, hormones, heredity and also poor hair care. Shampooing your hair and using a bentonite clay treatment are a couple ways to help keep your oily scalp at bay, but which is better?  Let’s learn the differences between the two and how they can give you a healthy and clean scalp.

Shampoo

If you have an oily scalp, then one of the best ways to control excess oil in your hair is to shampoo your hair regularly or even daily. You should probably opt for a clarifying shampoo to help purify and clarify your hair and scalp. You want to avoid any shampoos that contain added oils and silicones because they can have the ability to induce more oil production which can then lead to build up.  You also may want to look for clear shampoos because they are free from added conditioners. Additional conditioners in shampoos can contribute to the buildup of oils which is not good for those with an oily scalp. If using a shampoo make sure to rinse your hair thoroughly every time so that no residue is left behind. If your hair is not properly rinsed it can easily attract more oil and dirt to your scalp. Additionally, the most effective ingredients to look for in choosing a shampoo for oily hair are citrus extracts such as lemon and lime. These ingredients help to break up excess oils in the scalp and hair. A good clarifying shampoo will help to make a noticeable difference for your oily scalp and will help absorb the oils in your hair.

Bentonite Clay

Bentonite clay has amazing benefits for your hair. Many use a bentonite clay treatment which involves the clay, apple cider vinegar, and aloe vera juice. It helps to it removes toxins to leaves the hair super clean, it is also good for those with dandruff as it helps get rid of it. Bentonite clay is highly absorbent and will help clarify your hair without making it feel dry or stripped of moisture. If you have hair that is dry, bentonite clay is also great to help make your hair moisturized and very soft.

So if you are prone to oily scalp your best option may be to use a clarifying shampoo to keep your oily scalp under control. You may want to try out both options to see which method works best for you. Remember that what may work for some may not work or others. That is why it’s best to try out all of your options when seeking remedies for your curls. I have combination hair so I love both options for my hair. This is how to do a DIY clay mask using bentonite clay.

Try them out and let us know what you think!

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