There are an average of about 100,000 hairs on a person’s head, according to Teens Health. For each hair shaft, there are three layers. The outermost layer is called the cuticle, and it is a protective layer for the other two layers. When hair has a shiny appearance, it appears healthy. Sebum is the natural oil on the hair and covers straight hair better, making it easier to appear shiny. However, an abundance of sebum can give hair an oily appearance.
Medline Plus suggests shampooing hair daily to help prevent oily hair. Also, leaving the shampoo in the hair for five minutes before rinsing may help to remove the oily appearance. Different shampoos may give you different results, so try different ones until you find one that works for you.
Avoid touching your hair. The natural oils from your hands may be transferred to your hair and contribute to the oily appearance. Also, other substances such as skin lotion that has been on your hands may be transferred to your hair and contribute to its oiliness.
Try not to brush your hair too often or too vigorously. The process of brushing your hair brings natural oils from the scalp to the ends of your hairs, which can contribute to its oily appearance.
Stress can affect hormone levels, which can affect the production of oils and contribute to the appearance of oily hair. Reducing the stress in your life can be accomplished by a variety of means, including getting regular exercise and sufficient sleep and by eating a healthy diet. Maintain healthy relationships and use them as your support group. Practice relaxation techniques such as the deep breathing techniques in yoga and try to maintain your sense of humor.