What is sebum?

Sebum is nature’s homemade hair conditioner. It is a waxy substance that is being produced by the sebaceous glands surrounding the hair follicle. Sebum is very rich in natural waxes, vitamin E, essential fatty acids and a variety of nutrients that naturally condition your hair.

Over-washing your hair is stripping your hair from a very essential nutrient to keep it in good condition, because the sebum protects the hair shaft from external aggressions by putting a protective layer around it that keeps the hair cuticles nice and smooth to show healthy, shiny hair.

Greasy hair remedy

If you have a tendency towards greasy hair, over-washing has an adverse effect. If you shampoo too much your follicles will get the message that nutrition levels are low and will react with producing extra sebum to protect your hair from drying out. In stead of over-washing try to cut down on washes and start by washing your hair every other day, working up to more wash-free days in between. Or use dry shampoo to refresh your look. The sebaceous glands will then reach a new balance and will produce just the right amount of oil to protect your hair.

Sebum and the importance of brushing

If you want to make advantage of the nourishing properties of sebum, make it a habit to brush twice a day with a quality, caring brush (for example www.delphinandemerence.com) that can spread the sebum evenly over every strand. More on brushing in another post