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Greasy Hair: Causes, Preventions and Treatments

August 18, 2022 3 min read


There are two ways to handle a problem; battle with the symptoms or look deeply and identify the root causes and then find solutions to them.To effectively solve a problem and prevent its occurrence in the future, the best strategy to use is identifying and focusing on the root cause instead of managing and fighting the symptoms. With a deep understanding of the root cause, it’s easier to adopt effective strategies to solve any problem. The problem, in this case, is greasy hair.

According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, greasy is defined as “oily in appearance, texture, or manner.” Greasy hair is hair with an excess of sebum, the natural oil produced by the sebaceous gland. The solution most people naturally adopt is washing their hair more often or using more shampoo and products. But this strategy is counterproductive, if you’re not careful you might even make your greasy condition worse. We understand this deeply, and that’s why we’ve put together this article to shed more light on greasy hair, what causes it, and the best ways to prevent it. What are the causes of greasy hair and what lifestyle changes can you adopt that will significantly increase the probability of all days being good hair days? 

Hormonal Changes

Causes of Greasy Hair

Hormonal Fluctuations

Hormones play a very important role in the body. There are different hormones associated with various significant life events like pregnancy, giving birth, puberty, and menopause. These events might cause a shift in your hormones that can be expressed by your body in various forms, one of which could be a change in the oiliness of your scalp.

Your Pillowcase

Your hair and face come in contact with your pillowcase every night you sleep. Oil can get stored in your pillowcase and then transferred to your hair, making it look greasy in the morning. Wash your pillowcase and change your sheets regularly to prevent this. 

Touching Your Hair Too Much

Touching your hair too much can cause the transfer of oil from your hands to your hair and make it look greasy.

Over Washing Your Hair

Washing your hair too much or too often can strip your hair and scalp of natural oils. Your scalp tries to compensate for the loss by producing more oil more frequently, thereby making your hair greasy or greasier.

Product Build-up

Using too many products on your hair can cause a build-up over time that can make your hair greasy. Especially if these products are oil-based.

Hair Product Build-up

Preventing Greasy Hair

Wash Your Hair With Sulfate-Free Shampoo

Sulfates are detergents that are featured in some shampoos. The downside of this is that they go overboard with the cleaning and can dry out your scalp. Your scalp in turn overproduces oil to compensate for the dryness. When shopping for shampoos, opt for natural shampoos with no sulfates that will wash your hair clean without stripping it of essential oils.

Reduce The Use of Styling Products

If you can, steer clear of hair styling products like creams and hairsprays. Using too much of these products can cause a build-up that can lead to too much grease.

Air Dry Your Hair

Blow drying your hair is essentially employing a stream of hot air to speed up the drying process. The heat can cause your scalp and hair to produce too much oil, leading to greasy hair. Even though air drying takes longer than using a blow dryer, it’s best to air dry your hair to prevent greasy hair.

Manage Stress

Constant stress can cause your scalp to produce too much oil. Reduce your level of stress as much as possible and try stress-relieving activities like exercising, yoga, or meditation to reduce your level of stress.

 Pay Attention To The Amount of Conditioner You Use

Using too much conditioner on your hair can weigh it down and increase oil production. A good rule to follow is to only apply conditioner to the ends of your hair and not the roots. This is because your hair naturally has oil at the roots.

Clean Your Hair Tools

Hair tools like hairbrushes and combs should be used or stored in dirty conditions. They come in contact with your hair and can distribute dirt and grime throughout your hair. Make sure all your styling tools are always clean to get rid of oil residue and build-up.

Use Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is great for oil regulation. You can add a few drops to your scalp and rub it in before shampooing your hair.

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