Ian was frustrated. All his life he had suffered from oily skin and hair and he had never found an effective solution for it. He was often embarrassed by his appearance which affected his self-esteem.
What causes oily hair and skin?
Our bodies are covered in hair except for on our palms and the soles of our feet. In some areas, the hairs are small and fine but they all still function the same way. Hair is most densely formed on the scalp and face.
Each shaft of hair grows from individual follicles – which are tiny cavities in the skin that envelope the hair root. Nutrients from the blood supply are drawn into the bulb of the hair shaft while oil (sebum) is added through the sebaceous gland. The shafts contain moisture and are mostly made up of protein cells.
Most of the time, our bodies produce just the right amount of sebum to keep our skin and hair nourished, lubricated and protected. However, sometimes the sebum production goes into overdrive and builds up on the scalp, hair and face.
This build up can combine with the fine layer of dead cells we all have on the surface of the skin leading to blocked pores and acne.
Oily hair and skin can be caused by a number of factors including:
- Unbalanced diet
- Poor hair and skin hygiene
- Medications or illness
If you have persistent excess oil, it’s a good idea to consult your doctor and check for any underlying health issues.
Olive oil for healthy hair
Pure olive oil is one of nature’s ‘superfoods’. Not only is it great for our diets, it is also packed full of vitamins and minerals essential for healthy skin and hair. Vitamins A and E, in particular, are essential for cell renewal. They are also powerful antioxidants, protecting our skin and hair from the damaging effects of free radicals in our environment (caused by factors such as smoking and pollution).
Olive oil is also a natural, effective cleansing agent. When used on the hair and scalp it gently lifts away impurities, removes the build-up of sebum and seals in moisture – leaving the shafts smooth and protected.
While it may seem strange to use an oil to treat excess oil, there is logic to it. Washing our hair or face too often or using harsh products can remove too much natural oil – stripping it so much that our bodies pump out more to compensate. Applying a small amount of olive oil (which has a similar composition to our natural sebum) means the body doesn’t need to produce as much sebum and can go back to functioning normally. It works in harmony with the body resulting in healthier skin and hair.
The benefits of 100% Olive Oil Soap
Dalan d’Olive’s 100% Olive Oil Soap contains very few other ingredients and has been dermatologically tested for sensitive skin. It is a safe and effective natural cleanser for the whole body.
When Ian learned about this soap from a friend, he was a bit skeptical but decided to give it a go as there was nothing in it that could harm him. After washing his hair with it the first time, Ian noticed an improvement. His hair felt clean for the first time in a long time.
From his past experiences, he knew that the real test would be how the Olive Oil soap performed after consistent use. He tried it over several weeks and could not believe the difference. No longer drab and greasy, his hair was now soft and full of life. Above all, his self-esteem was restored and he even felt confident enough to consider dating again.
Tips for using Olive Oil Soap on the hair
It can be tempting to use the fingertips to firmly massage the scalp in an attempt to cleanse it thoroughly. However, this over-stimulates the sebaceous glands and leads to excess oil production. Instead, gently glide the bar of soap over the scalp then use the palms or flats of the fingers to gently work up a mild lather and get an even coverage.
Allow it to absorb into the hair shafts while you wash the rest of your body, then rinse the soap thoroughly from the hair. Follow with a conditioner from the Dalan d’Olive range to seal the hair cuticle, protecting it from damage such as split ends and colour fading.
Many people are unsure of how often to wash their hair. If your lifestyle includes physical activities such as swimming or jogging, then you may need to wash your hair up to twice a day. Other’s may only need to wash it two or three times a week. Experiment a little and find the routine that works best for you.
Soon, like Ian, you’ll be able to say goodbye to oily hair forever.