Hair that develops a lank, flat, stringy or oily appearance is often referred to by hairdressers and hair consumers as “greasy” hair. This type of hair is hard to control, clumps together easily and does not hold a style well.
Where does greasy hair originate from? Regardless of how or why it happens, greasy hair is directly related to the overproduction of sebum, a waxy type of substance naturally occurring in the body which is designed to keep hair supple, soft and waterproof. Sebum is produced by the sebaceous glands.
The amount of greasiness that is experienced is directly tied to the amount of oil present on the scalp. People with fine hair tend to have more hair than people with other hair textures. Since there is a higher volume of hair associated with fine textures, there are more sebaceous glands and thus potential for excessive oil production.
Hormonal changes is also sometimes linked to the development of greasy hair and skin issues. This is more likely during puberty than menopause.
It is believed by some hair experts that chronic greasy hair can lead to other long term hair problems including potential hair loss or some forms of scalp breakouts and/or greasy dandruff.
Types Of Greasy Hair:
Greasy hair can also be a linked to the development of skin problems including acne on the face and scalp. It can be generally categorized into two types which include:
- Greasy hair from roots to ends with greasy or oily scalp.
- Greasy scalp and roots with dry hair from below roots to the ends.
Causes Of Greasy Hair:
Although there are always special circumstances, greasy hair can be caused by the following:
- Genetic predisposition towards greasy, oily scalp that migrates through the hair.
- Normal hair without genetic predisposition towards greasiness that is treated with improper hair care products which cause oily/greasy scalp with or without oily/greasy strands.
- Lack of regular and consistent hair cleansing which results in the build-up of toxins, dirt and other substances resulting in greasy strands.
Home Remedies For Greasy Hair:
- An effective home remedy for greasy hair comprises of lemon juice. Add 2 tablespoons lemon juice to half a glass of vodka. Dip a cotton pad in the mixture. Rub the moist cotton pad on your scalp. Leave it on for 1 hour and then wash your hair.
- Wash your hair well. Now, dilute apple cider vinegar, as in put 1 tsp of it in 2 cups of water. Use the solution to give a final rinse to your hair. It will help remove all the chemicals and oils from your hair.
- Mix one tablespoon vinegar in a glass of water. Add a pinch of salt and mix it well. Rub two tablespoons of the mixture on your scalp. Massage it with fingertips. Leave it for a few minutes and rinse your hair with water.
- Using beer is a good way to get rid of oily hair. Wash your hair with a mild shampoo. Apply a can of beer, when the hair is still wet. Massage your hair with fingertips. Rinse with water and then towel-dry your hair. Apart from being a good conditioner, beer clears off the oil and makes the hair silky smooth. However, you should use this remedy occasionally.
- Fuller’s earth is one of the best natural remedies for oily hair. First, wet your hair with water. Now, mix fuller’s earth with water, to form a thick paste. Apply the paste on your scalp. Leave it on your hair for about half an hour. Rinse your hair with water and towel dry it.
- Mix one teaspoon of aloe vera gel and one teaspoon of lemon juice. Rub the mixture on your scalp and leave it on your hair for about ten minutes, before rinsing it off with water.
Greasy Hair Care Tips:
- Avoid using harsh shampoos, because the strong chemicals in them might increase the oil secretions from your scalp.
- Wash your hair, once in three days, with a mild and oil-free shampoo.
- For dry scalp and greasy hair, shampoo with tea tree oil is the best.
- The residue of soapy lather, after shampooing, can make the hair oilier. Always wash your hair thoroughly in cool or lukewarm water, after using shampoo. It is better to towel-dry your hair, rather than using a blow dryer.
- Avoid using conditioners, as they will make your hair greasier. If you are using a conditioner, apply it only to the hair ends and not the scalp.
- Your diet can affect the production of oil in your scalp. Therefore, avoid eating deep-fried food.
- Drink about eight glasses of water daily.
- Make use of wide toothed comb for your hair. Avoid over brushing or combing your hair on a regular basis.