Greasy Hair

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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 lank.

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 hair conditioner.

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:

Check out 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 above.

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.

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