Ways to Keep Hair From Getting Greasy
By Khrystyana Kirton
Edited by Stephanie Dawson
Reviewed by Nima Shei MD
Greasy hair is the term used to denote flat, limp hair that clumps together with a stringy appearance, even after washing with shampoo. It may appear as if the hair has not been washed in a long time. Such hair may also look dull, lifeless, and unclean.
As in case of skin, even hair can be classified as oily and dry. While dry and brittle hair has its own share of problems, greasy hair is not so great, either, as far as hair styling is concerned. Why do some people have greasy hair? It is usually due to their overactive sebaceous glands that produce oily sebum in large amounts. It is this sebum that makes the hair oily and greasy. Such hair attracts dust and may get dull and limp, too. While the presence of more hair follicles is the cause of greasy hair in some people, hormonal changes during puberty and menopause can also be the reason for the hair getting greasy. Even heredity and hot weather can be responsible for greasy hair.
It has been noticed that those with fine, straight hair are more likely to have greasy hair. Greasy hair can be of two types. One is greasy hair (whole length), along with greasy scalp. Other is greasy scalp and roots, but dry hair. If the scalp is not oily but the hair is greasy, it can be due to the use of some hair care products. In such cases, even shampooing may not prove effective in remedying this condition. There are many who complain about their greasy hair after washing.
If greasy hair is a problem, here are some solutions. Shampooing is touted as one of the most effective methods to control greasy hair. Those with greasy hair use shampoos that are specially formulated for controlling oil. While some people suggest frequent shampooing, others refrain from washing hair, as it is said to worsen the condition. Try both methods and adopt the one that is suited for your hair. Another idea, if the scalp is greasy and the hair is dry, then use greasy hair shampoo on the scalp only. The middle part to the ends of the hair needs shampoos meant for dry hair. If avoiding washing hair frequently, try a dry shampoo in between.
- Avoid washing hair in hot water. Try either lukewarm water or cold water.
- Avoid tying wet hair and/or going to bed with wet hair. This makes the hair flat, greasy and limp. Even a pillowcase can get greasy with constant use and transfer the oil to the hair. Change them once a week.
- Avoid running fingers through the hair throughout the day – this can be especially difficult if it is a habit or nervous tick.
- Stop frequent brushing of hair as this stimulates the hair follicles to produce more oil. Even vigorous scrubbing of the scalp may lead to this hair condition.
- Those with greasy hair must avoid haircuts with bangs over the forehead. Touching the skin can make the condition worse.
- Some people recommend avoidance of oily food to prevent greasy hair, but there is no conclusive evidence to prove the link between the two. Increasing water intake may actually prove beneficial, however.
- Other greasy hair remedies include: rinsing with beer, apple cider vinegar or lemon juice. Brushing hair in the direction that is opposite to its growth is also said to be useful in tackling greasy hair.
- Combating stress plays a major role in keeping hormones in check and may also be useful to prevent greasy hair. Birth control pills or pregnancy can also have an effect on sebum production
In short, greasy hair can be problematic if not cared for in the right manner. Apart from trying the above said remedies, try a hairstyle that adds volume. It is always better to avoid long hair that is kept in one length. Avoid oily hair products, at least on the scalp. After all, there is no point in cursing a situation and doing nothing to remedy it, especially when simple adjustments can be the difference between healthy & not.
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