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There’s no feeling more frustrating than having dirty hair, showering, and emerging with your hair greasy after washing it. It negates everything you just did. While grease is normal after a couple of days, you shouldn’t have oily hair when it’s freshly washed, so something is likely off. The causes can vary, but if this is something you’ve experienced, it’s probably a good idea to figure out what’s happening and correct it before you waste any more of your time.
There are several mistakes or oversights you could be making that are causing your hair to feel oily before it 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 them to feel greasy.
This can happen due to the hydrating ingredients in the conditioner. Using too much can lead to the deposition of these ingredients on the scalp, trapping oil, and leading to greasiness. The best way to use conditioner is to only apply from the base of your ears downward to avoid making your scalp appear greasy.
In a rush? You might not have gotten all of your shampoo and conditioner out. As Zeichner mentioned, the ingredients in conditioners can get trapped and additional oils will develop, which contributes to that greasy look you’re trying to avoid.
To rinse, you’ll want to stick with warm water when you shower. The warm water helps open up your cuticles so your shampoo can penetrate your hair. Continue to rinse your shampoo and conditioner thoroughly to prevent product build-up.
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, textured hair, damaged, 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. This is a source of a potentially greasy appearance. Shampoos and conditioners are meant to be applied and removed from the hair and scalp. Allowing them to sit leads to a buildup, which will alter the feel and texture of the hair.
If this has happened to you, a clarifying shampoo is the way to go. How it works: Continue using your regular hair products as you have been, but use a clarifying shampoo once a week. You’ll see less build-up and a less greasy overall look to your hair.
If you love a super hot shower, it could be contributing to potential greasiness. While you may be focused on your hair, your scalp is still skin. It’s affected by hot water the same way as your body, which means that hot water can lead to dehydration. When the skin becomes dehydrated, oil production can increase to compensate leading to that greasy feeling.
While yes, a scalding hot shower may feel nice, rinse your hair with lukewarm or cool water 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. Just like your conditioner, your products should really only be going on the bottom half of your hair. Typically, only volume products need to be applied to the root, and using too much product at your root will weigh down your hair.
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 too frequently can lead to dryness of the hair and the scalp. Ultimately this may translate to inflammation.
As for how often you should be washing, avoid daily shampooing as it can strip natural oil from your hair and cause overproduction.
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