A neutral scalp is neither dry nor oily. Dandruff can occasionally be a problem, but most of the time there aren’t any flakes or scalp problems.
Make sure to detangle your hair before washing it, since this is a lot easier and less damaging when your hair is dry. If your hair tends to get rebellious when brushing or combing it, try using a spray conditioner, hair oil or a detangling spray to avoid damage.
Choose a gentle shampoo with a PH-level around 4-5, that focus more on caring and treating your hair. Choose a shampoo with abilities like hydrating, moisturizing, conditioning and strengthening, instead of shampoos that is aim to style the hair, like volumizing products, as they tends to damage the hair to get it to stand up and look thicker.
Gently massage with circular strokes around your hairline, to insure that your hairline is grease-free. Use vertical strokes on your scalp with medium pressure, to avoid tangles and to stimulate hair growth. A hair massage will also enhance circulation, and bring oxygen and nutrients to the hair follicles. Your aim is to thoroughly wash your scalp and roots, and not so much the actual hair.
Conditioner/hair mask for the lengths
Use a conditioner/hair mask after cleaning your hair to add moisture. If your scalp is on the oily side, you should avoid applying conditioner directly to the scalp, but an otherwise neutral or dry scalp will benefit from the added moisture. Also the oils from your scalp can’t reach the mids and ends, which leaves the hair looking dry and frizzy. Using a conditioner/hair mask will give the hair a healthy shine throughout.
Rinse your hair thoroughly with cold/warm water, and avoid very hot water as this will dry out your scalp. Rinsing your hair with cold water at the end, will also help keep in the moisture.
Apply a leave-in conditioner, hair oil or hair serum, to the damp mids and lengths for additional moisture.
Repeat every 2-3 days
Wash your hair every 2-3 days, to keep the balance between removing build-up dirt without stripping the hair of it’s natural oils.
Exfoliate once a month
Exfoliate your scalp once or twice a month, to remove build-up oil, dead skin cells and residue from hair products, that your shampoo can’t remove. To exfoliate, mix a grained face/body scrub with your regular shampoo, and give yourself an exfoliating scalp massage.
Make your hair wash last
An often hidden cause of greasy roots, is having a dirty hairbrush. If you use hair products regularly, cleaning your brush or comb in hot water and soap every 2 weeks, will make a massive difference.
Also focusing your styling products on the mid section and ends of your hair, instead of the crown area, will help your hair appear less greasy.
Dry shampoo is the ultimate weapon, to make your hair look matte and non-greasy. Be aware that dry shampoo is just a hair makeup product, meant to make your hair appear less greasy, and cannot substitute a hair wash.
Let your hair air-dry whenever possible. Blow-drying your hair too often can be very drying to the scalp and hair. Alternatively use the blow-dryer on a cooler setting and use a diffuser to effectively avoid frizz.
Use a micro-fiber towel or a cotton t-shirt, instead of a regular towel, when drying your hair to avoid frizz. Also avoid rubbing your hair vigorously or wearing a towel on your head for more than 10 minutes, as your hair is very fragile and prone to damage when it’s wet.
Avoid sleeping on wet hair
Be sure to dry your hair before going to bed, as the hair will break more easily when it’s wet, and sleeping on it can cause a lot of damage.
Avoid brushing wet hair
Brushing your hair while it’s wet can cause a lot of breakage – if you must, finger comb your hair under running water, use a wide tooth comb or a wet-brush.