Like oily skin, oily hair too can sometimes be unpredictable, and other times the hair turns greasy due to the habits we often keep. Hair-type plays a significant role in how oily strands appear as well. Women with fine hair might have their hair looking a little more greasy than usual. Oily hair also depends on which season of the year it is. During summers, your hair tends to get greasier and more sweaty than usual due to excess moisture and sweat.
What Are The Main Causes Of Oily Hair?
An abundance of oil production in your hair occurs for two major reasons: scalp related issues and poor beauty or hygiene habits. To get to the root cause (pun intended) of the problem, you’ll have to understand the science behind how hair growth works. Each pore on your skin is connected to a sebaceous gland. This includes your scalp. The sebaceous glands excrete a naturally sleek and oily substance called sebum. Sebum is what gives your hair its natural luster and keeps your hair looking healthy and smooth. Sebum also shields your hair from getting dry and breaking apart due to split ends. Be that as it may, sometimes sebaceous glands produce an overabundance of oil, which then results in oily skin and greasy looking hair.
An excessive release of oil can happen for several reasons. It very well may be innate (hereditary) or because of hormonal changes (adolescence or pregnancy), or even changes in weather, lifestyle, or in some cases the climate. A poor dietary routine, an inaccurate hair care regime, and even certain types of medication can likewise affect how oily your hair is. Here are six things you should stop doing if you need to protect your hair from getting super greasy:
1. Brushing Your Hair More Than Twice A Day
Combs and brushes are known for spreading oil from your roots to your tips, thus making your hair look super greasy. Combing also stimulates your scalp to produce excess amounts of sebum. This can make your hair look extra greasy even if you have shampooed it the previous day. The best way to ensure you don’t comb your hair excessively is by just brushing it once before bedtime and once in the morning.
2. Playing With Your Hair
Yeah, we get it. You have gorgeous hair, and you love running your fingers through it. Just as touching your face with oily hands can cause acne, greasy hands can leave traces of oil on your scalp and tips as well. Avoid touching your hair at all costs and if it feels messy or you want to keep it off your face, tie a top knot.
3. Conditioning The Roots
Applying conditioner all over your hair can weigh it down and cause issues like oily scalp and roots. Instead, try applying the conditioner from mid-shaft to the ends. You can also take it to the next level and specifically search for conditioners meant for oily hair. These types of conditioners are specifically developed to add body and fullness for those who have super fine hair, without leaving any residue behind. However, it’s vital to ensure that you use as little as possible, like a small drop. Overloading on even this conditioner will lead to your hair feeling burdened and bulky.
4. Overwashing Your Hair
Unsurprisingly, overwashing of hair can also cause grease and sludge to collect on the scalp. When you over wash and scrub your scalp excessively during the process of shampooing, it can irritate the scalp, thus causing more oil to be secreted. Once the hair has been stripped of its natural oils, your scalp goes into an overload of oil production. It’s essential to stick to a hair wash routine and ensure you don’t wash your hair more than two or three times a week.
5. A Bad Diet
Eating right is fundamental for staying fit and battling health-related issues. Similarly, if you are not consuming the correct vitamins required to grow healthy hair, it will have an influence on the condition of your hair. Including vitamin B, particularly B2 and B6, in your diet will help battle greasy hair.
6. Washing Your Hair With Hot Water
It’s incredibly crucial to rinse your hair out in cold water for at least thirty seconds to make sure all the shampoo and conditioner is washed out of your hair. As hot water stimulates the sebaceous glands, cold water helps shut them down. Cold water also helps close up your cuticles and reduce damage caused to the hair.
It is also essential to let your hair dry naturally and avoid using hair styling products and straighteners unless absolutely necessary. Hot air and heat, in general, can also make the sebaceous glands release excessive amounts of oil. Try making these changes to your routine and see if it makes a difference. Let us know if this article helped you in the comments below.
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