Bye-bye Bad Hair Days! This time it’s really time to say goodbye to greasy hair once and for all. Or does someone really want to voluntarily walk around with lifeless hair hanging down? Exactly. What helps against greasy hair and what the causes are, we reveal here. Plus: With these tips and tricks you can prevent greasy hair and the best hairstyles to conceal a greasy root.
Oily and stringy hair, although the last hair wash was only a few hours ago? Really annoying, but unfortunately many women know this problem – it makes you feel uncomfortable, insecure, and unkempt. Yet they are not always a sign of poor personal hygiene. The most common cause is the increased sebum production.
The causes of oily hair
The scalp and hair roots are equipped with sebaceous glands and produce fat (also called sebum). This protects the scalp from drying out and makes the hair supple. Although there is nothing to be said against smooth hair, if too much sebum is produced, it unfortunately quickly becomes greasy.
Causes for increased fat production can be our genes, a shampoo with too many ingredients, or a too greasy diet. So it’s best to stay away from burgers, fries, and co.
What to do against greasy hair?
How quickly the hair becomes greasy has to do with the frequency of hair washing. As illogical as it may sound: The more they are washed, the greasier they look. The reason: The sebaceous glands have their own rhythm and produce sebum as needed. But don’t worry, you can train your hair to produce less fat, so to speak. To do this, you have to get the sebaceous glands used to a new hair washing rhythm. And yes, it really works!
Instead of washing your hair every day, you should try to wash your hair only every other day. The glands will get used to the new rhythm and automatically produce less fat. You can extend this process until you only need to wash your hair 1 or 2 times a week.
Shampoo against greasy hair
For greasy hair: Less is more! Use a mild, silicone-free shampoo and massage in with little pressure so that the sebaceous glands are not additionally stimulated.
Tip: Many deep cleansing products contain the natural clay mineral, which cleans the hair without clogging the pores, irritating the scalp too much, or putting too much strain on the dry ends.
Residues cause oily hair to become greasy and stringy even faster. Since oily hair does not need as much care as dry hair, for example, we recommend not using a conditioner at all. If the tips are very dry, it is absolutely necessary to avoid the roots when using treatments and conditioners and only work the care products into the lengths.
5 tips to get rid of greasy hair
- Do not wash the hair with hot water. This only stimulates the production of fat even more.
- The best time to wash your hair is in the morning. At night the grease gets into the hair faster due to the friction on the pillow.
- Clean the brush or comb regularly to prevent dirt and styling residues from settling in the hair.
- Do not touch your hair so often to keep grease and dirt away.
- Avoid wearing caps, hats, etc.
Household remedy against greasy hair
Healing clay is ideal for use as a hair conditioner, as it has a high absorption power. To do this, mix the earth with water to a thick paste and spread it over the scalp. During the approximately 15-minute application time, you can also relax and enjoy tea. Then rinse the hair thoroughly with lukewarm water. The homemade hair conditioner ensures that the grease is absorbed and the hair is not greasy as quickly.
Sounds weird, but is actually supposed to help against greasy hair: Beer! The yeast contains calms the scalp and reduces sebum production. Wash your hair with a bottle of beer and then make sure you wash it out thoroughly with a shampoo.
True miracles work apple vinegar: The acetic acid it contains reduces fat production and helps to balance the pH of the scalp. For the conditioner, mix about 2 to 3 tablespoons of apple vinegar in a cup of water and massage into the hair. Leave on for 3 to 5 minutes and rinse thoroughly. Repeat this application 1 to 2 times a week.
Styling tips for oily hair
The best SOS helper for greasy hair is dry shampoo. It absorbs excess hair sebum and conceals greasy hair. Our tip: Spray the shampoo on before going to bed. The powder particles absorb the grease overnight and the hair looks fresh again. No dry shampoo at hand? No problem, baby powder can also help here. Dust a touch of it on the oily base and massage it in with your hands. Comb out the remains with a brush.
You can also conceal an oily base with a Sleek Look. To do this, pull a middle or side parting and take all hair strictly to the ponytail.
Even more practical: Hide your Bad Hair Day with a pretty silk scarf, bandana, or hairband. If you slightly toupe your roots and thus reduce the contact of the hair with the scalp, you will prevent quick greasing. And if all this doesn’t work, there’s the simplest trick: put on a cap!
The right haircut for greasy hair
Women who have quickly greasy hair should avoid a fringe hairstyle. Since the forehead produces more sebum, the fringe quickly becomes stringy. A modern short haircut is an optimal solution for extremely greasy hair, as the short hair does not lie flat against the scalp.
The 3 most beautiful hairstyles for oily hair:
- Sleek twisted Ponytail
Comb the hair strictly backward until they lie nice and smooth on the head. Fix the ponytail with a hair tie, wrap a thin strand around it and fix it with a hairpin. Now divide the braid into two parts, twist them into each other and tie them with a transparent rubber band.
- Sleek back hair
Brush the hair well at the beginning and comb it backward. Spread some hair gel into your hands and run your fingers through the lengths backward. Ready is the Sleek Back Hair Look! The hairstyle looks best with short to medium length hair.
- Boxer braids
Braided hairstyles are ideal for concealing greasy hair. For the trendy Boxer Braids, make a center parting and braid one braid on each side. Whether you braid the braids in the French or Dutch technique is up to you.
Things to know about greasy hair
The scalp: An oily scalp with increased sebum production can be genetically determined, but can also be triggered by hormonal and climatic fluctuations, unhealthy nutrition, or stress. Sometimes a yeast fungus colonizes the scalp and produces yellowish scales on the hair.
Hair structure: Even if it does not always look beautiful: greasy hair is usually quite healthy hair. Due to the larger amount of sebum on the scalp, each hair is virtually covered with a protective film.
Helpers from nature: When it comes to oily hair, nettles are the natural household remedy of choice. They can help to calm the scalp and have a regulating effect on the formation of oil and oily roots.
The right care for oily hair
Wash, Shampoo & Dry Shampoo: Forget the myth that greasy hair becomes greasy even faster with frequent washing. This is not true. If you feel more comfortable and fresh, you can easily wash your greasy hair every day. It is important to use a shampoo that is adapted to the hair problem. Mild shampoos for daily washing or volume shampoos also work well as grease removers.
Very important: Always rinse the shampoo particularly strongly with lukewarm water. Residues can be one reason why greasy hair becomes weakened even faster. If there is no time for washing, dry shampoos can help as quick problem solvers. One of the most popular dry shampoos is that of the Batiste brand.
Drying: Even if the scalp is oily and therefore relatively robust, you should not unnecessarily burden the hair with hot blow-dry air. It is best to blow-dry at a medium heat level at a distance of about 20 centimeters, which is best for hair and scalp. Use round brushes with natural bristles – especially from wild boar – to shape the hairstyle. On the one hand, they absorb fat from the scalp and also help to distribute the fat towards the tips of the hair. This is where the hair is naturally drier and needs more care.
Hair Care & Conditioner: Since even oily hair can be very stressed in the tips, a conditioner is especially important for longer hair. However, it should only be applied to the last two to three centimeters of the hair and should also be from a series for oily hair, so that it offers the most carefree possible care. An alternative in hair care is hair rinses, which are sprayed into the hair after washing and do not need to be rinsed out. They are anyway more easily formulated than rinse-off conditioners, but should only be applied to the ends of greasy hair.