The market of hair care products is full of shampoos and conditioners for greasy hair. This shows the scale of the problem, so if you’re one of the people who struggle with dull, limp and lifeless hair, you are not alone. Excess oil on the hair makes it look like it’s not taken care of or washed often enough.
While sometimes it might be the case, the majority of people who tend to have greasy hair wash it even more often that the persons who always seem to have fresh and full-looking hair. Luckily, once you know what the cause of greasy hair is, you will be able to diminish the symptoms of the problem and use some home remedies and quick fixed to make your hair look healthy and full.
What Causes Greasy Hair?
The skin on the whole body, including the scalp, has pores with sebaceous glands. Normally, those glands produce sebum, which is a natural way of protection for your skin. While a small amount of sebum on the skin and scalp surface is healthy and desirable (otherwise we would have dry and flaky skin all the time), its excess production may cause various problems, from acne on the face, cleavage and back to dandruff and greasy hair. The overproduction of sebum may occur due to various reasons, some of them unknown to physicians, but in the majority of the cases, it is ascribed to hormonal imbalance, improper diet, genetic predispositions or some skin diseases, like seborrheic dermatitis.
Your haircare routine also has a huge influence on the activity of the sebaceous glands in the scalp. Washing your hair not frequently enough may be as bad as washing it too often. In the first case, the oil accumulates on the hair and makes it look heavy and lifeless. In the second case, remove the protective layer off your hair and scalp, which stimulates the sebaceous glands to produce more oil. There is a solution for these problems if you are ready to introduce some changes to your haircare routine and use some simple home remedies.
Haircare Tricks To Prevent Oily Hair
The way you treat your hair directly affects the way it looks. It all matters, from the products you use to wash and style your hair, to your hairstyle, lifestyle and diet.
If you wash your hair on a daily basis, you remove the oil that protects your hair from damage caused by UV radiation, pollution, chemicals, hair dryers and flat irons. Your scalp and hair want to restore that protection as fast as possible and that’s when the sebaceous glands come to the rescue. They start producing more oil than is actually necessary and that oil get spread along the strands. Very often it accumulates at the roots and gives the effect of greasy hair closer to the scalp, but with very dry endings. This happens when the sebum doesn’t even have a chance to spread along the strands, which is a sign that you wash your hair way too often. While it may be understandable if you work out every day and have to remove the sweat from your body or if you spend a lot of time in a highly polluted place, you shouldn’t force your hair to have to restore the protection with this frequency.
In normal conditions, you should be able to wash your hair every two to four days and still manage to keep it looking fresh. If you are currently washing your hair daily, reduce the process to every second day. You might not feel 100 percent comfortable every other day, especially at the beginning, but with time, your sebaceous glands will adjust to the new haircare routine. Also, below you will find some quick fixes that may help you manage your hair better on the ‘greasy’ days.
Choose the Right Shampoo
Stick to the shampoos designed for greasy hair. Any kind of product that adds shine or makes the hair super smooth is based on oils, which may only make your hair even heavier. Be careful, however, with the shampoos containing sulphates. They do remove the grease very effectively, but can also irritate the scalp and damage the hair by making it very dry and susceptible to breakage and split ends. Always watch the reaction of your hair to a new shampoo. It is a good idea to have two, tested shampoos, and to use them interchangeably. Why two and not just one? Because your hair gets accustomed to the shampoo that you use for a longer time and the product starts to be less effective in terms of removing the remains of hairspray and mousse or the dust and other particles that get stuck to your hair throughout the day. Use one shampoo for three to four weeks, then switch to the other one for the following three weeks.
Use the Hair Products with Care
It is important to condition you hair, even when it’s greasy, but you need to know what kind of products to use and how to apply them. First of all, choose the conditioner that you apply after shampooing and that are designed to be washed off. Apply it only on the endings, rather than on the whole length of the hair, as the part closer to the roots get enough moisturising from the oil produced by the sebaceous glands. Alternatively, opt for light, spray, leave-in conditioners that are not based on oils.