A certain amount of oil or grease
is healthy, and in fact necessary for your hair to remain in optimum
condition, but too much oil can cause our hair to look dirty and
You can split greasy hair into two
types; greasy hair and scalp
or greasy scalp and dry hair. If suffering from the latter, our
general advice would be to use a shampoo for the scalp and a conditioner
for the hair itself, i.e. a shampoo for greasy hair and a dry
If you have read this and are thinking
"I don't have that, it's only my hair that's greasy",
then you don't have a grease problem but a product issue! What
I mean is that you're using a product that is either:
the links in the above for the answers to your problem
For those still interested in the
grease issue, oil originates from glands in the scalp so this
is the area we need to focus on. There are several products for
oily scalps to help control
the over production of oil, but it is important to know how not
to make the condition worse yourself.
If your hair is greasy we tend to
wash it more frequently, and scrub it just that bit harder to
get it clean and this is exactly what we should be avoiding. The
glands which produce the oil are stimulated by massage, therefore
we should practice a few of the following habits when dealing
with a greasy scalp.
- Shampoo with the flat of your
fingers rather than the tips for a more gentle cleaning action.
- When combing or brushing your
hair, don't over do it or use too vigorous an action.
- Try shampooing your hair a little
less often! Twice a day is too much. I know that this may seem
to be the worst thing for someone with a greasy scalp but give
it a go. Firstly you need to break the cycle of frequent shampooing,
try shampooing every second day. If you find your scalp is still
greasy, wash it daily using the gentle technique we suggest
Evening Primrose oil or zinc supplements
can be beneficial in helping correct sebum (oil) activity.
If the problem persists it could
be hormonal or some other internal factor and a trichologist
or doctor will need to be consulted.