Greasy or oily hair can break anyone’s heart, and it can ruin your look. Having greasy hair is embarrassing as well as irritating to deal with. However, there are ways to deal with greasy hair and prevent them from becoming oily. A little bit of change in the shampooing routine and using products that will not contribute to the greasiness along with avoiding a few other habits that add extra oil to the hair could help to solve the issue. Below are the tips to avoid greasy hair, Follow these simple steps.
Tips to Avoid Greasy Hair
1. Adjust Your Shampooing Routine
To keep your hair grease-free it’s essential to make few changes in your shampooing routine.
Don’t Wash Your Hair Daily
Washing the grease from hair may seem to be the best solution, but it is not so. If you wash your hair more, they tend to become more oily. Your hair tries to replenish the oil lost from hair and thus the cycle of greasiness increases.
- Washing the hair only 2 to 3 times per week will give the best results.
- In case if you need additional shampooing, then dry shampoo, depending as per your hair type, can be selected.
Use A Shower Cap When You Are Not Shampooing
Even if you wet your hairs without washing, it could strip off the essential oil of your hair, and again the cycle of producing extra oil may resume. Thus protect your hair from getting wet in the shower by securing it from shower cap.
Apply Condition Only At The Tips
If your hair is prone to produce grease, then conditioner should be applied only towards the roots. This so because it does not need oil or conditioning at the roots. Also, as a fact, if you do not condition the hair at roots, it may look dry and damaged. Thus apply the conditioner halfway down your hair and go up to the ends.
However, when you use the conditioner, keep the following points in mind:
- Thoroughly rinse the conditioner from your hair or use a leave-in conditioner.
- On the days when you are not shampooing your hair, you can remove the style cowlicks or creases by simply washing the creased hair part. After that you can apply the conditioner too.
Wash Your Hair With Lukewarm Or Cool Water
The cuticle of your hair gets open due to hot water and strips more natural oil from the hair. Hot water causes the pores, present on the hair, to produce more thick oil. This thick oil starts to travel down the hair strands as soon as you leave the hot shower.
This can be avoided by using the shower water as cold as possible, especially while rinsing shampoo and conditioner from your hair. Cold water closes the cuticles and thus lock the moisture in hair.
Use Shampoo In Very Small Quantity
Using too much of shampoo in your hair with each wash can result in product build-up and thus make your hair look heavy and greasy. Therefore when squeezing shampoo in your hair make sure that you do not use more than coin size quantity of shampoo in your hair. If you have squeezed out too much of shampoo, then remove some of it before applying to your hair.
2. Use Right Hair Products
It’s important to use the products as per your hair texture to get the best results without damaging your hair and to keep them grease-free, shiny and healthy.
Use Dry Shampoo Once In a Week
Dry shampoo is different from shampoo for dry hair. It is a powder that people use between regular shampoo to reduce the grease and build up the volume. There are sprays or the ones that come in shake container.
Apply a small quantity of it to the roots of your hair in case of greasy looking hair, and rub it around your scalp. It will absorb the extra oil giving you a matte look at your roots.
If you have dark hair, it is advisable to use invisible dry shampoo to avoid getting a greyish look at the roots from the white powder.
Once A Week Use Clarifying or Purifying Shampoo
If you are getting greasy hair due to an oily scalp, then it can be solved by the shampoo that is labeled as purifying or clarifying. Once every 15 days use this shampoo and for the rest of the days use regular shampoo as per your hair type. Clarifying shampoo usually dry the hair thus a deep conditioner may be required to restore the moisture.
Avoid Products That Are Meant For Dry or Damaged Hair
Shampoos that are designed for dry and damaged hair are designed to leave a thin film on hair to seal the moisture and prevent further damage to hair. This is good if used for dull and damaged hair, but if it used on regular hair, it would give a greasier look.
Avoid Using Gloss or Smoothing Products
Products like shampoos, conditioners, gels, serums or sprays that intend to smooth or add gloss to hair should be avoided as they add extra sealant layer of product on top of the hair. This leads to greasiness on hair. Products that are meant to be used on hair that is greasy are labeled as lightweight instead.
In Emergencies, Use Oil-absorbing Sheets
The oil-absorbing sheets that are used on the skin can also be used on hair as well. These thin sheets absorb the oil irrespective of the source. Keep these strips handy in your purse and absorb the extra oil in case of need.
3. Change Your Habits Which Lead to Hair Grease
Eat Low Carbs and Trans Fat Food
Trans fat that is found in fried foods, chips, vegetable shortening, crackers, cookies, and baked goods lead to greasy hair and skin without contributing towards the nutritional need of your skin. These foods should be avoided and also the food that has a high amount of saturated fats like the meat and dairy products; it should be avoided.
High carbohydrate and high sugar foods can also lead to the production of thick oil or sebum on your skin including the scalp and hair. Baked products and foods that have a high content of processed white flour should be replaced with whole grains, low starch vegetables, legumes, pulses, and fruits.
Good fats or foods that are high in essential fatty acids like the nuts, seeds, fatty fish and unrefined whole grains should be consumed. This will provide your body with the fats that it requires, and absence of these fats in your body can result in adverse impact on your skin as well as hair health.
Avoid Touching Your Hair Too Much
If you end up touching your hair too much, you will transfer too much of oil from your fingertips to your hair. Therefore try to touch your hair as little as possible. To style or to fix your hair use a comb or brush rather than using your fingers.
Avoid Heat Drying Your Hair
Dry heat like hot water tends to devoid the hair of its natural oil thus causing it to produce even more oil and leading to greasiness. The best option is to let your hair dry in the air after washing them.
Regularly Clean Your Hair Brush
Brushing takes the hair from the scalp and transfers it down the follicles thus the hairbrush should be cleaned regularly. Also, the hair that gets tangled in the hairbrush should be removed regularly. Use a small quantity of shampoo or dish soaps, water to clean the brush. Rub the ends of the bristles with the soap suds.
Remove all the soap from the brush and let it dry in air. Also, over brushing of hair should be avoided as it just moves the oil down your hair. Brush your hair only when it is tangled and when you are styling it.
Greasy hair will be gone if the above methods are followed diligently and consistently.