I have fine hair and it gets greasy fast, what can help?

Q Hey, I have fine hair and don’t always have time to shower in the morning so its gets greasy fast, what can help?

A I can understand your frustration, there are many things you can try to help slow it down or completely eliminate your greasy hair.

These are some of the factors why hair can become greasy. A greasy scalp comes from overactive sebaceous glands. These glands, at the base of each hair strand, produce sebum, an oily secretion that normally keeps your scalp moisturized and makes your hair shiny. But certain factors can put sebaceous glands into overdrive. This could be due to the hormonal changes of puberty, pregnancy, or even menopause. Having high stress levels can also affect hormones and in turn this can add to the problem. Environmental factors such as air pollution and hot, humid weather can make a greasy scalp worse.

Below are some suggestions on how to control greasy hair, some of them might not apply to you but some most definitely will.

  1. There’s a lot of controversy about how often you should wash your hair, some advice is every day, other advice is a few times a week, it is said that the more often you shampoo the more oil your scalp will produce, which Is true but if you use a shampoo that’s aimed just for greasy hair, it will gently wash away the excess oils. You will need to train your hair (so to speak) if your used to washing your hair every day, I personally think that’s too often, I understand that your hair can become very greasy that you need to wash it all the time, I would cut back to every other. It will take a while before your scalp will respond and reduce oil production, so just stick with it for a while.
  2. Don’t use too much shampoo and lather it up before putting it on your hair (don’t put it straight on your scalp).
  3. Leave your specially designed shampoo (for greasy hair) on your hair for around 3 minutes, this will help the shampoo maximize on what it’s supposed to do and that’s to remove the excess oils, for example If you only leave it on for 20-30 seconds, this won’t help control your greasy hair.
  4. You should limit the products you put into your hair. While it often enhances your hairdo, it may make your hair oilier and especially if you have already greasy hair, your hair will only become greasier. In many instances, greasy hair is a phase or comes and goes with hormone changes, and if you have greasy hair now, you won’t necessarily have greasy hair in a few years. If on a particular day your hair is more greasy than you would like and you don’t have time to wash it, then for example take your hair of your face into a ponytail or a hair-up just to detract from your greasy hair.
  5. If the ends of your hair are dry then only apply the shampoo to your scalp and carefully massage, then place a moisturizing conditioner only on the very ends of your hair.
  6. When you comb or brush, it carries oil in your scalp down the length of your hair. Comb or brush gently and as little as possible, unless of course the ends of your hair are very dry but still be careful because the more you brush the more oil you may release.
  7. Do not scrub your hair when you wash it. You may be tempted to rub your scalp harder but it’s one of the worse things you can do. The sebaceous glands in your scalp will go into over-drive and release the production of more oil. Gently lather in the shampoo with your fingertips.
  8. You could try talc powder to absorb some of the grease in between washes, just be careful not to use too much and also be aware that talc will be seen more easily if your hair is darker.
  9. If home remedies don’t seem to help, consult your dermatologist. Sometimes an oily scalp is due to seborrheic dermatitis. This condition causes an oily scalp with white or yellow scales; it can also affect other parts of the body, such as the eyelids and behind the ears. Your doctor can recommend an over-the-counter medicated shampoo or prescribe a shampoo to control it.

Experiment with different hairstyling products. Note the results after you use them. Notice if some products make your hair greasier than others and stop using them. Avoid the use of products that contain alcohol in them. These can be extremely drying to the scalp and it will make the problem worse.

I hope that this has helped you! Remember to be patient, this may be a process of elimination.

Good luck 🙂

“This question was answered by Stuart Phillips on Yahoo answers UK & Ireland”

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