Any oily-haired gal will know the pains of constantly having greasy hair. Sure, you’ve found some great styles to hide it, and applying dry shampoo has become just as much a routine as applying your morning moisturiser. Sure, you hair may naturally produce a little more oil than usual, but you could be giving any excess oil the boot by picking up on any bad hair habits you might have.
Here are five things that could be making your hair greasier:
OVERWASHING YOUR HAIR
Overwashers beware. You are committing major hair sabotage! Washing your hair too frequently will strip your hair of its natural oils and lead it to kick its oil production into overdrive. Try skipping a wash and using your old friend dry shampoo instead, but don’t let it sit in your hair for too long (see ‘product buildup’).
PRODUCT BUILD UP
If you’re a big fan of styling products, then heads up, ‘cos this one’s for you. Anything product or treatment that is left on the scalp without proper removal will build up over time and cause the hair to become greasy and irritated. It’s time to get a clarifying or exfoliating product onto that scalp to remove any excess product that could be making your hair unnecessarily dirty.
NOT CLEANING YOUR HAIRBRUSH
Are you in the habit of brushing your hair then throwing your brush straight into a drawer? Stop this immediately! Your hairbrush has now likely collected so much hair that you could make a wig from it, so it’s time to give it some serious attention. Particularly if you’re prone to greasy hair, any strands left on your hairbrush will transfer grease onto clean hair. The same goes for any product build-up or dust on your brush.
NOT WASHING YOUR PILLOW CASE
We all know the pillowcase’s potential for making you more pimple-prone, and it could be making your hair dirty in the exact same way. When you put your head on your pillow each night, any oils, bacteria and dead cells that have been transferred onto your pillow after a few nights sleep on it will keep transferring onto your hair until your pillowcase is washed or replaced.
TOUCHING YOUR HAIR TOO OFTEN
You probably already knew this one, but it’s still worth mentioning! If you think of what your hands touch on a daily basis, and you’re not a compulsive hand washer/hand sanitiser-er, any grime, oil and germs that are chillin’ on your hands will end up in your hair once you lay hands on it, inevitably leading to greasy hair.