Having greasy hair can be the absolute worst.
What you thought had the potential to be the perfect hair day instead turned out to be the complete opposite, and now you’re faced with the dilemma of throwing it up in a messy bun and calling it or shaving your hair off completely.
We’ve seen it. We’ve felt it. We’ve lived it.
But now, we’re here with some tell-tale tips to ease your mind and tell you how to get rid of greasy hair. Without further adieu, let’s get into it!
First Things First, What Causes Greasy Hair?
Greasy hair is typically a result of the sebaceous glands in our skin and hair follicles producing too much of a natural oil called sebum, creating a less desirable look and feel of oily hair.
An overproduction of sebum can also result in hair losing shine and body. However, it does have some redeeming qualities. Sebum also produces lubrication for the skin as well as plays a crucial part in controlling the PH level of skin as well as possessing protective skin barrier properties against UV.
Besides overactive sebaceous glands, greasy hair can be caused by other factors, including not eating a balanced diet, varying hormone levels, and improper hair care.
So, how do we fix it?
Can’t Beat Quick Fix: Dry Shampoo
Dry shampoo has gained significant traction in recent years. It provides an easy and efficient way to improve the look of oily hair when you may not necessarily have time to wash your hair.
With starch being a key component, dry shampoo is fantastic for helping absorb the remnants of your hair follicles’ natural oil production, removing any excess oil that may appear on your scalp.
Typically found in a spray or powder form, dry shampoo is versatile in that you don’t need to use water for it to work, allowing you to use it at home or on the go!
Invest in a Clarifying Shampoo
For those with a naturally oily scalp, integrating a clarifying shampoo into your hair care routine can be a game-changer in alleviating greased hair.
The shampoo helps in removing all the excess build-up left by styling products as well as any natural oils that make your hair appear to be greasy.
One of the best ingredients to look for in this kind of shampoo is apple cider vinegar. Due to its acidity, apple cider vinegar is excellent in combating stubborn build-up on an oily scalp.
Another beneficial ingredient to look for is tea tree oil, which studies have found possesses qualities to help with dandruff and oily hair.
Depending on how greasy your hair is and how frequently you wash it, you can use this shampoo once a week to break apart any build-up left by styling products or use it every time you wash your hair if you have particularly greasy hair.
Don’t Wash Your Hair Every Day
While this may sound counterproductive, washing your hair too much can actually facilitate greasy hair. The more frequently you scrub your scalp, the more oil your scalp will produce to compensate, causing your hair to be more rather than less oily.
While it may be hard to resist, and it may drive you mad, now would be the time to check out some greasy hair hairstyles to help make it through the non-wash days. Who says you can’t make oily hair look cute?
Using argan oil as a method to tame your hair between washes can be an excellent way to keep hair soft and manageable. Just be sure to use it sparingly on your ends and avoid your roots!
Embrace the Natural Look
Who doesn’t love the clean and polished look that comes from using a curling iron, straightener, or hairdryer? However, cranking up the heat can have negative consequences that promote rather than prevent oily hair.
Applying direct heat to your scalp can stimulate the hair follicles and cause them to produce more oil. As well, heat protectants and styling products such as leave-in conditioners, anti-frizz creams, and smoothing serums can weigh hair down and make it even more greasy.
If you’re looking for an effective, natural method to indulge your locks, rice water has long been believed to have properties than promote strength and elasticity in hair.
Stop Touching Your Hair
It’s often an unconscious action such as running our fingers through it, twirling it in our fingers, or putting it up and letting it back down. Absentmindedly touching your hair is something we are all guilty of.
However, like your hair follicles, your skin also produces oil. Regularly touching your hair will likely result in transferring that oil from your fingers up to your hair and scalp, only serving to further your oily hair problem.
Getting to Grips with Greasy Hair
Like with most beauty-related endeavours, ultimately, the best way to figure out what does and does not work for your hair and what could potentially cause it to be greasy will be determined by trial and error.
However, experimenting with new products, practices, and styles is part of the fun in tweaking or creating an entirely new beauty regime. Either way, you’re going to look and feel fabulous and have fun doing it!