Have you ever wondered why your hair is still greasy even after giving it a thorough wash? This article the Moxie on Maple Team found on Bustle has a few tips on what could be causing the problem.
There’s several mistakes or oversights you could be making that are causing your hair to feel oily before your hair has even dried yet, so check out some of these more common ones to make sure your clean hair is actually clean.
This mistake is made with the best intentions. You think you’re taking care of your hair, so you slather conditioner all over it, but you actually don’t need to. Your ends need it more than your roots do, and you might be putting too much conditioner on your roots, causing it to feel greasy. To remedy this, just put conditioner on your weak ends.
In a rush? You might not have gotten it all out. Next time you shower, take your time and make sure all the suds are out before you call it a day. If you’re not sure if you’re washing your shampoo and conditioner out correctly, take it step by step.
You can start by washing your hair clean with just water. While there have been some myths that cold water more effectively washes your hair clean, you’ll actually want to stick with warm (but not hot!) water when you shower. The warm water helps open up your cuticles so your shampoo can penetrate your hair. Be careful not to overdo it with the heat, though. Truly hot showers will cause your sebaceous glands to produce more oil.
If you’re only conditioning the ends and you made sure all the conditioner has rinsed out, you could be using a conditioner that’s too strong for your hair. If you have fine, thin, or naturally oily hair, you may not need to use something as heavy as someone with thick hair, damage, or dry hair. Instead, switch to a lightweight conditioner, or even a conditioner spray.
The more product you use on your hair (think serums, heat protectants, hair sprays, etc.), the more buildup they create. Regular old shampoo doesn’t always do the trick, and sometimes you have to use a clarifying shampoo to make sure all that gunk is out of there.
As mentioned before, there’s an ideal temperature to wash your hair at to avoid build-up and grease. Because super hot water stimulates the sebaceous gland, which secretes oil, your hair will look and feel greasier if you take hot showers. Wash your hair with warm water to allow your shampoos and conditioners to penetrate your hair follicles, and then finish with a cool rinse instead.
If the first thing you do after you wash your hair is put on your frizz fighter, shine serum, or heat protectant, just make sure you’re only applying a small, pea-sized amount or so. Applying too much, even of a good thing, can cause greasy roots.
You might think you need to wash more because your hair is oily, but the more you wash, the more oily it’s going to get. Washing often dries out your scalp, so it will naturally secrete more oil to moisturize itself. Try going longer between washes and see if you notice a decrease in oil production.
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