Your hair likely begins to look greasy in between washes. Some people find that their locks quickly becomes too greasy, even after a light workout or a night out.
Despite this natural process, overly-greasy hair is often viewed as a sign of uncleanliness and unattractiveness. It can create issues with self-confidence.
There are many culprits to blame for this beauty issue:
- Humidity and warmer temperatures
- Medications like
- Poor eating habits
Some of these factors are out of your control or difficult to change. Take charge of what you can change by preventing greasy hair with these 4 tips.
- Only Condition the Ends of Your Tresses
As tempting as it can be to lather your favorite conditioner all over your head, experts advise against this practice. Applying conditioner everywhere often weighs your hair down, which causes oily roots.
Apply your conditioner more effectively. Start at the mid-shaft area and work your way towards your ends. This way, you’ll more productively distribute your conditioner and allow it to fulfill its purpose. Plus, you won’t be wasting any of your favorite conditioner on your scalp!
- Use Dry Shampoo or Baby Powder
Hop on the modern trend of dry shampoo to make your locks less greasy. Dry shampoo makes your hair less greasy in the following ways:
- In the moment: At the moment of application, dry shampoo soaks up oil directly from your roots.
- In the long term: If you use dry shampoo for the long term, it will reduce the number of washes your hair needs. Frequent washes can strip your locks of their natural oils, which makes your body try to replace these lost oils at a rapid pace.
Prefer a more old-fashioned approach? Consider using baby powder. Simply sprinkle a small amount on your roots. Rub it all the way in to optimize results.
If needed, you can try these tips for darkening the baby powder to match your darker hair color:
- Mix the baby powder with cocoa powder
- Apply the baby powder and then brush your roots with bronzer
- Use the Right Additional Products
In addition to your routine shampoo and conditioner, you may have an arsenal of specialty beauty products at your disposal. Do a deep-cleaning of your bathroom cabinet, and only keep the products that won’t make your locks greasier.
- Sticky styling products: Wax, gels, and mousse can weigh down your hair and make it appear oilier.
- Products that promise to make your hair “shiny”: While shiny hair is a desirable goal, avoid products that oversell how glossy they’ll make your locks appear. These types of products can worsen already-oily tresses.
- Clay-infused products: Clay-infused products like the soft volume powder from Playa absorb oil on your scalp. They lift your hair naturally to combat the appearance of greasy locks.
- Apple cider vinegar: This is a more freethinking approach to combating greasy locks, but a lot of users have experienced success with this product. Simply pour 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and 16 ounces of water into a bottle and pour the mixture over your scalp. This mixture’s acidity makes your locks less greasy and more voluminous!
- Brush Your Hair Frequently Enough
It’s important to not over- or under-brush. You should brush your locks occasionally to distribute your hair’s natural oils evenly. However, if you over-brush, you may unknowingly stimulate excess oil production.
If you currently brush more than once a day, try to start brushing it only once a day. From there, you can experiment and find a balance that works for you.
If you need to untangle knots or tidy up your locks, use a wide-toothed comb to get the job done.