BY LUSETA BEAUTY
What is combination a hair?
Combination A hair has oily roots and dry ends.
Signs of having the Combination A hair type include:
● Greasy-looking roots that lack volume
● Dry, brittle hair that’s prone to split ends
Do you have Combination A hair? Keep reading to learn what causes this particularly frustrating hair type, and how to fix it at home. Hint: it’s easier than you think!
Why CAUSES COMBINATION A Hair?
If you have Combination A hair, you’re probably familiar with this struggle: no matter how much you wash your hair, it always ends up looking greasy the next day. So you wash your hair more often, and it still doesn’t help! Meanwhile, your ends look more like straw than the soft, shiny hair you’re looking for. What gives?
This might sound counterintuitive, but Combination A hair is actually caused by washing your hair too much. All that shampoo is stripping your scalp of its natural moisturizing oils. In response, your scalp produces more oils to keep itself hydrated.
Those oils are supposed to travel down the hair shaft, moisturizing the ends and preventing them from splitting. But when you wash your hair every day, you’re removing that oil before it can reach the ends. As a result, they dry out and become brittle. The more often you wash your hair, the worse it gets.
So actually, the key to solving Combination A hair is changing your whole hair washing strategy. Keep reading to find out what to do!
How to FIX OILY Hair
Chances are, if you have oily roots, you’re probably washing your hair at least once per day. So, your first step is to gradually cut down on shampooing your hair. You should aim to wash your hair 3 or 4 times per week.
Try to start skipping days and use dry shampoo to absorb excess oil in between washes. You can also style your hair in updos, which will make greasy hair less obvious. Here’s some great hairstyles for unwashed hair
After a few weeks of washing your hair less, your scalp will decrease its oil production and you’ll notice that your hair is less greasy when you don’t wash it.
Those with oily roots might be tempted to buy heavy duty commercial shampoos to get rid of all that extra grease. However, commercial shampoos contain ingredients like sulfates, parabens, and artificial fragrance that can dry out and irritate the scalp, which will only make it produce more oil.
Instead, swap out your regular shampoo for a shampoo made with only natural, clean ingredients that will cleanse your hair without stripping the scalp of essential natural oils. Your scalp will be less irritated, which will help it to regulate its oil production to a more appropriate level.
If you’re feeling crafty, you can make your own natural shampoo at home to gently remove excess sebum, product, and dirt from the scalp.
Here’s what you need:
● 13.5 oz coconut milk
● 2 tablespoons raw honey
● 1 teaspoon jojoba oil
● 1 teaspoon castor oil
● 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
● 1 teaspoon peppermint essential oil
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix. Pour mixture into a recycled shampoo bottle and store in the refrigerator.
When you’re ready to wash your hair, first shake up the mixture to recombine the ingredients. Apply a small amount to the scalp and gently massage with fingertips. Let sit for a few minutes, then rinse off and follow with a conditioner.
We also need to address those ends, which have been repeatedly stripped and dried out with shampoo.
That’s where a moisturizing avocado mask comes in! Not only are avocados totally delicious, but they’re also loaded with healthy fats and vitamins that will nourish and hydrate dry locks.
Make your own avocado moisturizing hair mask at home by mashing up a ripe avocado and mixing in a couple of drops of essential oil (we like lavender for its healing benefits). Apply to damp hair, then wrap hair in a plastic shower cap. After 15 minutes, rinse out the avocado mask and wash your hair as usual.
Your hair will be shinier and healthier without feeling weighed down!
Combination A hair is totally treatable. Follow these steps to help you rebalance your scalp and gain a shiny, healthy mane.