Hair weighing you down? Here’s why and the best remedies for keeping excess oil at bay.
Sebum isn’t always a bad thing, it keeps the scalp moisturised and prevents hair from getting brittle and breaking off. However too much of sebum can lead to bad hair, from limp roots to lank lengths and dandruff. Excessive production can be brought on by a wide variety of factors ranging from hormone fluctuations to lifestyle and styling slip-ups. But the good news is it can be rectified, so if you’ve found that your hair’s become greasier than usual, here’s what could be behind it.
Just like how stress can show on our faces in the form of breakouts and dark circles, it can also manifest itself on our heads too. This is down to changes in hormone levels which can lead to increased oil production on the scalp. So, if your hair’s greasier than usual, it could be a sign that you need to slow down.
Touching it Too Much
Touching and playing with your hair too much transfers oil from the skin on your hands and fingertips to your hair, and as a result makes the lengths of your hair greasier.
When hair gets greasy quickly, our first instinct is to wash it more frequently. However, doing so can be counter-productive in the long-run, depleting vital moisturising elements from the scalp and hair. In response, the scalp’s sebum glands produce more oils, giving rise to a greasy scalp. To reduce the risk of fuelling the problem, swap washing it every day to washing it two to three times a week instead.
The Wrong Shampoo
If you’re finding that your hair gets greasy pretty soon after washing it, the shampoo you’re using could also be a reason why. Avoid heavily hydrating and rich formulations and instead opt for gentler, rebalancing alternatives that provide a thorough cleanse without stripping hair of its natural oils. It can take a while for hair to get used to a change in cleansers, so don’t worry if you don’t see a difference straight away. Wait for two to three weeks for the scalp to regain its balance and produce the correct amount of oils for the hair to be healthy.
Too Much Conditioner
If you’re prone to more greasiness, be wary of conditioners and only apply them to the bottom sections of your hair experimenting with different textures in order to find the best kind for your hair type. Applying a conditioner that’s too heavy for your hair type can weigh it down.
Too Much Serum
The same applies for serums and oils too. Start small as it’s easier to add more than to remove excess, and concentrate on the ends first before moving upwards, avoiding the roots at all costs. A handy tip is to spread a drop of your styling product on the fronts and backs of your hands and then apply it, rather than just using your palms to ensure more even distribution.
You’re not washing your hairbrush
Give your hairbrush a thorough cleanse twice a month and clean out the strands with a comb every week to remove any build-up and prevent it from transferring onto your hair. There will be a build-up of product on your brush which will be transferred straight onto clean hair. Also, excess greasy hair on your brush will transfer grease from old strands back onto your clean hair.
Build-Up of Product
A build-up of shampoo due to not washing it out properly or dry shampoo, can cause hair to become dull and lifeless over time. However, using a clarifying shampoo twice a month can help clear the debris, or a product designed to exfoliate the scalp.
You’re on Your Period
In the week before your period progesterone levels spike which increases sebum production on the scalp and face, although this should settle down after a few days. However, if you’re looking for a quick fix, plan your bi-monthly clarifying hair wash to coincide with your period to make those five to eight days that little bit more bearable.