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Greasy Hair: How to Get Rid of the Oil

Struggling with oily hair? Read on for expert tips on how to control the grease once and for all.

This is the reason why your hair gets greasy

Thousands of women around the world are currently asking the same question as you: what can I do stop my hair from getting so greasy? Well, the first step to answering that question is to understand how and why your scalp is prone to being oily.

The answer is that there isn't a single answer, because tendencies towards oily hair can be the result of a number of issues. Hormones, for example, play a huge role in the amount of sebum (the technical term for the oil on your scalp) you produce. Whether you're going through puberty, pregnancy or menopause, the level of hormones rushing through your body can have a major effect on the amount of sebum you produce.

Though hormones play a huge part, excess oil can also be put down to the products you're using and general hair management. Using a clarifying shampoo, for example, might be stripping your hair of its natural oils, which in turn triggers your scalp to produce more sebum resulting in a never ending cycle of oil production.

Here are a bunch of things you can do to fix it

Break the cycle by washing your hair less often. This might feel like a near-impossible feat, but start off by washing your hair every other day, then slowly reduce it down to just three times a week. The results won't be instant, but when you do notice your hair needing less washes to control the grease you'll see what all the hard work and dedication was about! If you can't stand the thought of walking around with greasy roots give dry shampooing a go.

We've mentioned it before, but using the wrong products can make a huge impact on the amount of sebum your scalp produces. Avoid clarifying shampoos and opt instead for a shampoo and conditioner that provide lightweight hydration to balance the moisture of your scalp. There's no need to apply conditioner to your scalp, just slap in on the lengths to ensure your hair is sufficiently nourished.

Don't forget to rinse both your shampoo and conditioner well after washing, as any residue will only serve to weigh down your hair. Rinsing your hair with cold water will encourage your pores to close, resulting in less sebum production.

Allow your hair to dry naturally as often as possible. Blow-drying circulates heats around the scalp, which encourages excess sebum production. With that in mind, aim to balance the amount of brushing you do too. Over brushing can stimulate sebum production, but under brushing disrupts oils from being distributed causing a buildup of sebum on the scalp.

And these are a few things you should avoid doing

Refrain from touching your hair too often. As tempting as it might be to flick your hair from side to side, the more you touch your hair, the more likely you are to activate that sebum production!

Go easy on shine-enhancing products, including shampoos, hair oils and gels, as these products often contain oil. Opt instead for products with texturising, mattifying and volumizing properties, as these tend to contain less oil.

Limit hair straightening to an absolute minimum. The closer your hair sits on your head, the more likely your oily scalp will come into contact with. Styling your hair curly is a great way to prolong oily hair, as the curls will give extra volume to your hair, lifting it away from the scalp.

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