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The 3 Surprising Reasons Why Your Hair is Greasy and How to Fix Them

Do you need a fix for greasy hair?

Battling away with oily hair can be hard work, and no matter when it strikes, it’s annoying to deal with. If you’re finding that your hair is getting greasy at the roots, or after washing it gets greasy fast, it’s time for a rescue! Read on for our top tips for dealing with oily hair and greasy scalp. Discover the reasons your hair might be getting the slick on and ways to solve your greasy hair problems.

What are the Causes of Oily Hair?

1. Over Washing

There are many causes of greasy hair, some of which are quite a surprise! Some people naturally produce more sebum than others and hormones can cause oily hair too, but there are many other factors at play. Assuming you can remember when you last washed your hair. (We’re sure you can!) The main problem could actually be that you are overwashing not under washing. If you are washing your hair every day, it might be stripping your scalp of its natural oils. Your scalp produces more oil to replace those lost through washing. It’s a cycle worth breaking. Our co-founder Adam Reed recommends washing your hair every 2-3 days if possible. “If you over-activate the sebaceous glands your hair will become oily more quickly,” he explains.

over washing hair can make it oilier

2. Using the Wrong Products

Using too much conditioner or the wrong one for your hair type can also be the culprit. Great hair starts in the shower and choosing the right shampoo & conditioner for your type will help to prevent it from getting greasy. Selecting the right duo for your locks makes it a lot easier to achieve beautifully clean looking flawless hair. It’s best to pick a lightweight formula that won’t weigh strands down. Adam says, “Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Wash Shampoo and Wonder Care Conditioner are hair type responsive, which means anyone can use them. If your roots are greasy and your ends are dry, they will cleanse the roots and nourish the ends without weighing hair down.” This duo also protect from the environment so that dirt, dust and oil are less likely to build up.

3. Dirt and Product Build-Up

Your greasy hair could be the result of touching your hair too much, product build-up or overbrushing. Playing with your hair can transfer dirt and oil to your otherwise lovely locks, and brushing stimulates oil glands, so it’s best to hold back from brushing too much. Removing product build-up, dirt and excess dry shampoo from your hair is important. 

When washing your hair always cleanse thoroughly at the roots. Then rinse hair thoroughly to get rid of any residual product. If in doubt, rinse twice as long as you usually would. Apply conditioner mainly to the lengths and ends of your hair and not too much at the roots. Rinsing with freezing cold water at the end for at least a minute will help to seal the cuticles and will prevent your scalp from producing as much oil. Exfoliating your scalp weekly can help too. Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Treatment Oil+ contains a trio of oils with serious benefits for the scalp. It can be applied to the scalp and then brushed through the hair to stimulate and detox the scalp.

oily hair can be caused by over washing, over brushing and much more

What If You Need a Quick Fix for Greasy Hair?

Are you faced with oily hair and no time for a shower? Dry Shampoo is your BFF, of course. It’s a true style transformer that can help give your hair that just-washed feel in an instant. 

But what about if you don’t want to use dry shampoo? You can add texture back to your hair with a salt spray that will hide greasy roots. Oily strands are often limp, so adding texture back can hide oily hair. Give Beyond the Beach Texture Spray a try; you can spray onto damp hair and tousle to create texture and volume at the roots. If in doubt, you can go incognito and act like a celeb in disguise. Try a simple slicked back style like a high bun or choose an accessory. Accessories are totally on trend this autumn so a thick headband, a headscarf or a hat can hide oily hair and look oh-so-stylish. Win-win.

Follow these steps, and you can solve your greasy hair problems and have healthy-looking cleaner hair in no time. What’s your greasy hair go to? Let us know over @percyandreed on Facebook or Instagram #percyandreed