Mineral Makeup For Oily Hair

Ok. I know that title sounds really weird. Once I explain, though, I think you'll look at mineral makeup with a new perspective.

This weekend I went to all the trouble to straighten my hair. It takes forever because my hair is thick and naturally wavy. When I do a large time investment in my hair, like straightening, I will typically wear it a second day without washing my hair.

I actually got into washing my hair every other day years ago because I complained to my hairdresser that my scalp itched all the time and I thought I must have dandruff. She raised one eyebrow, looked at my scalp and said "No, you have dry skin. You have a dry scalp. Wash your hair every other day and you'll stop itching." And you know what? She was right!

Still, when I put a lot of product in my hair to emphasize the curls I will typically wash it the next day. That's the big downside to straightening my hair. I need to use those straightening serums (I always use Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum) to keep my frizz down and to help my naturally unruly hair conform to the straightening iron. These types of products are filled with silicones, though, which leave my scalp nice and greasy by the second day. 

So, I'm in a catch-22. Do I wash my hair and have a nice non-greasy scalp and redo my hair or do I have great, straight hair and a little grease pit up top?

The great thing is I don't have to choose! I found out years ago that dusting a little Mattifier on my scalp and the roots of my hair absorbs all the excess oil and makes my hair look fresh and shiny! 

Applying Mattifier To Your Scalp
It's pretty self explanatory, but in case you are wondering, here is how I do it:

1. I section my hair with a fine tooth comb, usually parallel with my center part, and shake the powder directly from the jar onto my scalp or into the lid and use the lid to distribute it into each section.

2. I use my fingers, or a makeup brush specifically for this purpose (but I prefer my fingers), in a quick back and forth motion to make it disappear. It's kind of like a mini scalp massage which is a nice bonus.

3. I wait a minute so it can do its oil-absorbing job and see if I need to reapply anywhere. 

4. Style my hair as usual!

Mattifier is safe for color treated hair and leaves no visible residue. It washes out easily the next day. It does not clog pores and does not irritate skin (even my super sensitive scalp). Three simple ingredients (Rice Powder, Serecite, Kaolin Clay) absorb oil without drying you out.

Who knew mineral makeup could pull double duty on your scalp?