9 Things You Didn't Know Were Making Your Hair Greasy
Besides not bothering to wash it, duh.
Real talk: washing your hair is a pain in the arse. But while we can't magically stop you ever having to do it again (soz), there are a few nifty tips and tricks you can do to keep that clean hair feeling for longer.
To start, here's 9 things you probably do every day but which you might not have realised are actually making your hair greasy. Avoid them and you're pretty much sorted.
1. Touching your hair too much
No matter how much you wash those hands, they are probably a bit grubby from day to day life and the more you touch and fluff your hair, the more of that dirt you essentially transfer straight onto your locks. Try to keep the unconscious touching to a minimum and you might find your hair feeling less greasy.
The same goes for finger-combing that fringe every time a gust of wind blows it out of place: carry a comb in your bag and try to use that to sort out fringe dramas as much as you can instead.
2. Product build-up
Too many serums and oil based products used to moisturise and protect from heat damage will leave a residue in your hair. Unless you have super dry hair, try not to overuse the products and always use no more than the amount recommended on the packet or you will end up with greasier hair in the long run.
3. The wrong shampoo
You need a shampoo that suits your scalp and your hair type. Picking something too drying or too moisturising can affect pH levels sending your scalp into overproduction meaning that you just end up with even oilier hair.
4. Shampooing too often
Washing your hair too often just makes it get greasier quicker in the long run. You'll then find yourself in that vicious cycle where you have to keep washing every time you get in the shower as it feels like your hair is always greasy. By dialling it back and washing every 2-3 days, you give your scalp a chance to naturally regulate oil production and stop it going into overdrive when you strip out those natural oils.
Unfortunately people with lightweight and fine hair types are more likely to naturally get greasier hair more quickly, while those with thicker and curlier hair often find their hair lasts longer and is actually better on day two or three.
5. Too much conditioner
Similar to the shampoo issue is using too much conditioner. If you have naturally quite oily roots then a good way to avoid that overly-greasy feeling even just after washing is to shampoo the hair as normal, then only apply your conditioner to the ends and mid-lengths of the hair.
6. Dirty hairbrush
Just like the whole touching your hair with your grubby hands fiasco, we have using a dirty brush on there. Just like with your makeup brushes, it's good practice to give your hairbrush a wash every so often.
Think about it; if you've brushed your hair when it's a bit greasy, there'll still be some grease on the brush next time you go to brush your freshly washed hair, instantly making it a little bit greasy again. Using a brush full of old hair is exactly the same, so make sure to pull out those hairballs regularly.
7. Brushing your hair too much
Sorry guys but while those 100 strokes before bed might make your locks silky smooth, too much brushing can also stimulate the scalp into producing excess oil. Cue greasier locks than if you just had a quick detangle and then left well alone.
Just like with sweat, when it's hot and muggy your scalp will produce more oil. Yes that sucks, but it's just the way things go. A good alternative to combat this feeling is a spritz of dry shampoo at the roots to soak up any excess oil you could do without.
Yep, not only can stress give you spots and generally make you feel a bit sh*t, but it can also affect your hormone levels, which in turn can actually make your scalp produce more oil than it would when you're feeling more chilled. OH CRUEL WORLD.
The same thing can happen when you go on the pill due to the change in your body's hormone levels, so watch out for that as a side effect and notify your GP if it's impacting you in a big way.