Hair that gives a dull, plane, harsh, or oily appearance is often considered as greasy hair.
Hair of this type usually develops with change in the hormone levels where the sebaceous glands in the scalp secretes more natural secretion – sebum.
The increased sebum enters into the hair follicle and spreads in the region of the hair shaft but not into the shaft.
Sebum is an oily substance that helps to keep hair smooth, supple, and waterproof. Remember that more the amount of sebum on the scalp, the more the amount of greasiness the hair gets.
Greasy hair is of two types: Hair greasiness from roots to end of the strand with greasy scalp or dry hair from roots to the strand ends with greasy scalp.
Greasy hair is usually hard to manage, easily get clumps, and holds no proper style. When you leave the greasy hair without controlling, it can lead to the development of chronic hair problems such as scalp breakouts, potential hair loss, or greasy dandruff. It also leads to the development of skin and scalp acne.
How To Control Greasy Hair?
Controlling greasy hair is possible with the following:
- Regular shampooing hair is good in reducing oil production as well as removing the existing oil from the hair and scalp. So, shampoo your hair daily to stay away from greasy scalp and hair.
- Shampoo your hair by scrubbing gently. Vigorous scrubbing, massaging and shampooing can make the condition even worse as these actions stimulate the sebaceous glands to produce oil.
- Shampoo your hair using lukewarm water or cool water instead of hot water. However, it is always good to rinse off the shampoo with cool water. This helps to decrease the production of natural oil.
- Use oil-controlling shampoo products for your hair that is greasy.
- Use an oil removal shampoo products specially designed to use on the scalp area. See that you do not apply it to the middle or ends of the hair, which needs natural oil.
- Remove the excess oil from the hair using cornmeal, cornstarch, blotting skin paper or dry shampoo in between shampoo sessions.
- Do not pile wet hair strands on to the scalp. This can allow grease to move from the scalp to the remaining hair.
- Always touch, comb or brush hair only when necessary to style it. The bristle of the comb or fingertips can motivate the sebaceous glands to produce excess oil and move it to the other remaining hair strands where hair becomes greasy very easily.
- Avoid using moisturizing shampoos. Moisturizing shampoos are usually designed to prevent dryness in the hair by producing some amount of oil in your hair.
- Apply hair conditioners immediately after rinsing. Wash off the conditioner applied in the scalp region. Apply conditioner only to the middle or ends of the hair keeping the top of the head or scalp away from conditioner application.
- Using forehead hugging bangs can transfer grease and oils from the hair to the skin and makes the problem even worse.
Use these controlling methods on your greasy hair and remove or reduce the hair greasiness without damaging the hair shafts.