Gleasy hair is something that most people will experience at one time or another. It’s not a problem that is easy to ignore, especially if you don’t have the time or energy to wash your hair.
Oily scalps aren’t necessarily bad. Natural oils can protect your scalp from damage. But too much oil can cause hair to become dry and brittle. Even if you have the time to shampoo your hair every day, excessive oil can cause your hair to feel dry, lifeless and grimy.
There are many easy ways to fix oily hair that don’t require you to put your hair up in a ponytail, though that is always a good option. We talked to hairstylists to find out why oily hair is common and how to manage it.
My hair gets greasy.
The oil produced by your scalp’s sebaceous glands acts as a protective barrier and keeps your skin from drying out. Some people produce more oil than others, just like your face. Lauren Grummel, a New York City hairstylist, says that every scalp is unique. Genetics are the most important factor in determining how much oil your scalp produces.
It’s possible that your hair has always been greasy. If it’s not your fault, you might be using the wrong products. Grummel states that overwashing hair can cause a greasy scalp. This is because your scalp is trying make up for lost oil.
This could be seasonal. Laura Polko, celebrity hairdresser, says that you might be more susceptible to hair loss, static, thinning, and greasiness if you do it twice a year. These are important to be aware of and adapt your products accordingly. It is important to ride it out. It will all pass.
How to remove greasy hair
Grummel suggests that you wash your hair every day, except for those times when you are unable to get to the shower. She advises against using it if you don’t have to. It can cause oil to get worse over time.
Dry shampoo can clog your scalp’s pores,” she said. We shouldn’t use the same makeup we used on our faces for days without washing it off. We also shouldn’t leave our hair style products on for days. Dry shampoo is great if your hair will be washed the next day.
Also, you can try to wash your hair less often. This may seem counterintuitive but it will slow down oil production in the long term. Begin by washing your clothes every other day and gradually increasing the frequency to once or twice per week. It will eventually get easier, although there may be some adjustment.
These are the best shampoos to use for oily hair
Polko suggests looking for keywords such as clarifying or detoxifying in shampoos if you have a greasy hair. To eliminate product buildup, she recommends a scalp scrub. She says, “It is important to start at your scalp. You need a new scalp to keep your hair healthy.”
Grummel says that the best shampoo and conditioner can make all the difference. Grummel recommends shampoos that are paraben and sulfate free, because they are gentler on hair. She also loves Act + Acre’s shampoos for the scalp. She recommends looking for ingredients such as tea tree oil, rosemary extract, and thyme extract to balance oil production. Witch Hazel is another natural antiseptic known to detoxify hair and scalp. It tightens the cuticle and adds radiance to hair, restoring balance and ensuring that it looks and feels softened and soothed.
How to avoid greasy hair
Grummel suggests using a prewash such as Kevin Murphy’s Maxi Wash one week before you use your regular shampoo and conditioner. This will prevent any buildup of oil or product. Grummel also suggests that you apply your conditioner upside-down so you can focus on the ends. This will ensure that your conditioner doesn’t get on your roots and make your hair look greasier.
You should also wash your hair thoroughly. Grummel suggests that you use two to three shampoos, particularly if your hair hasn’t been washed in a while and has product buildup.