Common Mistakes That Make Your Hair Look Greasy

If you feel like your hair is nonstop oily just a few hours after you wash it, the problem may have to do with the way you’re cleansing and styling it — and the solution isn’t necessarily to wash more or use tons of dry shampoo. Consider these common mistakes and solves instead:

You’re not shampooing enough.

If you don’t shampoo at all, it can get greasier. This happens because oil, dead skin cells and debris builds up on the scalp, weighing down the hair.”

You’re shampooing too frequently.

On the other hand, lathering your hair too frequently could also be to blame. If you are washing too much, the scalp skin is constantly being stripped of oils. Just like skin in other areas, it will respond by producing more oil to replenish the lost oil.The result: Greasy hair that just never seems to get clean, no matter how hard you try.

Your conditioner is being applied incorrectly.

Your hair needs conditioning to keep it moisturized and healthy, but the phrase “too much of a good thing” definitely applies here. “Using conditioners on your scalp can add to the grease if you already have an oily scalp, as they contain emollient ingredients.

The water you’re rinsing with is too hot.

Sorry, hot shower fans. “Scalp skin can become dry with overexposure to hot water, resulting in dry skin and overproduction of oil to compensate. Rather than pumping up the heat during your shower, stick with a medium-warm temp. In fact, doctors recommend running cold water through your hair at the end for shine, as it closes the cuticles.

The styling products you’re using are too heavy.

Products like waxes, creams and oils can make your hair greasier too, since they’re made with emollients like natural oils. Look for lightweight products and pay close attention to how they make your hair feel — if it’s too slick or slippery, steer clear.

The curling wand, flat iron and brushes you use are dirty.

Just like dirty makeup brushes can make you breakout, using dirty hairstyling tools has repercussions for your scalp. If your styling tools are dirty, you can transfer oils and dirt to the hair. Check the directions on your heat tools and brushes for how best to clean them.