Greasy hair can be the bane of our lives at times, and it can be tricky to fix, and even trickier to pinpoint the cause of it. Some of the reasons may be more obvious than others, perhaps you’re a morning exerciser, or maybe touching your hair comes as second nature.
Then there are some less common culprits, and no matter how often you wash your hair and do everything right, it seems that nothing seems to make a long-lasting difference, and it’s only a couple of days until your hair feels oily again.
If that all sounds familiar, then we look at some of the reasons why your scalp may be feeling greasy, and what can be done to prevent it.
1. You’re washing your hair too often.
Greasy hair often starts with overusing shampoo. Although piling on the suds might seem like the logical thing to do, over-washing can be counterproductive by stripping your hair of its natural oils, instigating your scalp to go into overdrive to replace them.
Try cutting back to every other day at least. If you tend to over-wash your hair, try co-washing instead, or extending the time between washes with dry shampoo.
Dry shampoos are powder-based products that absorb the excess oils that give your hair a greasy, weighed-down look. They can be a great solution for addressing unwanted grease in curls because they absorb oils without stripping the cuticle like over-washing with traditional shampoos can.
2. You’re using too many styling products.
If your bathroom shelves are crammed with various styling products, you might want to have a sort and throw some away. Too many styling products will clog up your scalp. Instead, try giving your locks a detox with a clarifying shampoo once a week, or a product design to exfoliate the scalp. If you want to go extra, then use it with a scalp exfoliating brush
3. You’re incorrectly applying your styling products.
Avoid getting products like waxes, creams, and oils in your roots, as these will make your hair greasier since they’re made with emollients.
It’s important to analyse your hair in sections. One product can’t always be used from roots to ends. When styling, use products with an alcohol base on the roots for volumising and thickening, something to add body to the middle of your strands, and something that seals protection on the ends.
4. You’re eating the wrong diet.
Your hair indicates what’s going on with your insides. The healthier your diet is, the healthier your hair will be. Stay away from sugars, dairy products, and red meats, which have been shown to break down into androgens (hormones) and result in an overproduction of sebum.
Taking supplements with vitamin B6 or essential fatty acids can also help control deficiencies and get your body’s balance back on track.
5. You’re not cleaning your pillowcase.
Just like contaminated makeup brushes can make you break out, using dirty pillows can reap repercussions on your scalp. Change your pillows weekly - pillowcases can store hair’s natural oils, contributing to it looking greasy. This one is a simple fix - just toss your case in the wash to avoid oil buildup.
6. You’re brushing your hair too frequently.
Brushing your hair might make your hair look glossy, but overdo it and you’ll stress the hair and overwork it, causing your scalp to produce more oil. If your hair gets easily tangled, stick to detangling the lengths with a wide-tooth comb, working upwards toward the scalp to avoid breakage.
7. You’re not washing out conditioner.
Be cautious with conditioner: Over-applying or not washing it out properly can weigh down your hair and be a major grease-giving culprit. To combat it, use a hair mask once a week instead of conditioner every day.
Using a leave-in conditioner can also help detangle hair and add moisture. When you do apply, focus conditioner on the lower half of your strands only.
You can use coconut milk as a conditioner. Just mix some coconut milk with your shampoo and let it seep into your hair. Then wash it off after a while. Doing this regularly will cause a growth in your hair volume, making it thicker and longer. It also prevents your hair from being too greasy by washing off the excess hair oil.
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