6 Reasons Your Hair Gets Greasy Quickly

Is your hair prone to oil? Here's how to avoid slick hair

Whether you have thick, thin or coarse hair, everyone is united against one common hair gripe: grease. But you have more control over how greasy your hair gets than you may think.

From how often you brush your hair to how much you touch it, there are lots of factors that influence how quickly it gets greasy.

Here are some of the common grooming mistakes we make – and how to fix them…

You wash your hair too often

While it may sound counterintuitive, washing your hair too often can make it get greasy quickly. This is because constant washing strips your scalp of its natural oils, so your scalp tries to replace them quickly, leading to overproduction of oil. A clarifying shampoo can help get rid of the build-up that is weighing your hair down – but use it sparingly.

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You don't brush your hair enough

Not brushing your hair often means that natural oils build up on the scalp rather than being distributed throughout the hair. However, don't over-brush the hair, as this can further stimulate oil production. It's all about balance. Katie Allan, creative manager at Charles Worthington recommends brushing root to tip once or twice a day and brushing the ends of your hair to detangle as needed.

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You condition your whole head

Conditioner is heavy and can weigh down your hair, leading to oily roots. Instead only apply conditioner from the middle of the hair down to the ends.

Your hair products

If you're using products that promise shiny hair and following up with handfuls of mousse and gel, it's fair to say that your hair is likely to get oily quickly. Styling products are the main culprits, so try to avoid using these as much as possible.

You touch your hair too much

We're all prone to playing with our hair from time to time, but as we touch our faces and surroundings throughout the day our fingertips accumulate oil, which we then transfer to our hair.

Your hairstyle

Frequently wearing your hair straight equals more oil, as your hair strands lie closer to your scalp. Opt for curly or wavy looks when possible, as these styles allow more volume at the roots.

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