Don’t Let Oily Hair Spoil Your Look

In the world of barbering we see all types of hair, from thin and dry to thick and oily. No matter what type of hair you’ve got, there’s always an answer to whatever problem areas you may have. And, who better to get hair advice from, than your local barbershop?

So, this week, Redd’s Barbershop is tackling a problem many men suffer from: Greasy Hair.

You may think your greasy hair is just a natural, unavoidable thing, that you chalk up to genetics. But, there are several causes, and ways to minimize greasy hair.

Instead of reaching for a hat, go for some long-term solutions. Learn the root-cause of oiliness and how to properly combat the issue. Attack your greasy hair head-on!

Why do You Get Greasy Hair?

Each little hair follicle on your head is attached to a gland. This gland is where the oil in your hair is produced. That’s why you often find the most oil near the scalp, while the ends of your hair remain dry. The oil is called sebum, and when produced in the right amounts, it keeps your face and head healthy and moisturized. But, an overproduction of sebum leads to greasy hair and skin.

The root cause of sebum overproduction varies from person to person. Your genetics, hormones, diet, and stress levels can all contribute to the problem. Even washing your hair too much (which you’d think helps fight greasy hair) can strip your hair of its natural oils, and lead to an overproduction of sebum.

The type of hair you have can also make you more susceptible to greasiness. For example, if you have fine hair, there’s less hair for the sebum to cover, thus it can appear more greasy even if the production of oil is at a normal level. And, thick hair has more sebaceous glands in general, but takes more oil to make it appear greasy.

Bottom line, everyone struggles with greasy hair depending on a number of factors. The real solution comes from understanding your hair type and what causes your sebum levels to spike. Figuring out the root cause of your greasy hair sometimes takes a bit of detective work.

How to Make Your Hair Less Greasy

Find the Right Shampoo

Harsh Shampoos can be a big cause of greasy hair. The best shampoo for greasy hair is a  cleansing one with a good lather. Stay away from sulfates and silicones in your shampoo. These chemicals strip your hair of vital oils, making your sebaceous glands think you need even more oil.

Don’t Over-Wash

For people with greasy hair, it’s suggested to only wash with clarifying shampoos once a week. And, in general, you should go two to three days between shampooing at all. This seems counterintuitive, but it’s the best way to keep your sebaum levels at a norm. So, try and wean your hair off of the habit of washing every day.

Wash and Rinse Properly

When you do wash your hair, make sure you’re doing it the right way. Especially for greasy hair, you want to cleanse the scalp and condition the ends of your hair. As mentioned before, the scalp holds most of the oils, so it’s best to focus your shampooing closest to the head. A lightweight conditioner is fine, as long as you use it on the ends of your hair.

Quick Fixes and Tips For Greasy Hair Between Washes

Use Dry Shampoo

Dry Shampoo is an easy and quick greasy hair fix. You mostly find it in the women’s haircare section, but it works for all hair types, and comes in a wide variety of scents from floral to practically non-existent. Kevin Murphy makes a great one.

It’s formulated to attract excess oils on your hair and scalp. The powdery mist takes seconds to absorb and settle in your hair, and is a great way to extend periods between washes. But, over use of dry shampoo can clog your hair follicle and cause build up on your scalp. So, use dry shampoo sparingly.

Don’t Touch Your Hair

Your hands produce their own natural oils. Though it can be tempting to fuss with your hair throughout the day, this only adds more oils. Especially in the summertime when your palms sweat, the added residue and oil from you hands on your scalp will make you hair appear even more greasy than before.

Brush Your Hair

Not brushing your hair enough can cause oils to concentrate on the scalp. Brushing your hair helps distribute oil from your scalp to the ends of your hair. A boar bristle brush is best for spreading oils evenly throughout. So, if your hair is feeling greasy, try running a brush through it. Just be careful not to over-brush, as this can actually stimulate the sebaceous glands and cause more oil to be produced.


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