How to Treat Greasy Hair

Greasy hair is caused by a number of factors such as hormonal causes, sweat, environmental factors and improper hair care. The result is excessive scalp oil production and greasy, dull hair. Read on to know more about some greasy hair solutions that can help you counter the problem.
Greasy, oily hair that look dull and lifeless is a problem that is faced by women around the world. The result is the presence of lank, oily strips of hair that are splattered close to your scalp. Not only is this hair type hard to control and style but also, excess of sebum lends a waxy look to the hair which is quite ugly. Apart from an overproduction of sebum, hormonal problems, perspiration, environmental toxins, smoke and smog can all contribute to the greasy appearance of your hair.

Most of us try to disguise the oily scalp and greasy hair with bandannas, headbands and scarves, but is there a way to deal with greasy hair? Well, as the best hairdressers will tell you, the only way to deal with greasy hair problem is to use the right products and incorporate a proper hair care regime. So if you are faced with an oily scalp and hair, then here are some greasy hair remedies that you can use to counter the problem.

Greasy Hair Solutions

Greasy Hair Care Products
The presence of excess oil and sebum in hair tends to attract dirt and grime to it. This makes regular hair cleansing an essential part of your hair care routine. While cleansing is important in itself, it is also essential to keep in mind the hair care products that you use. Applying the wrong chemicals or ones that are strong, heavy oil-based conditioners result in greasy hair. Buy shampoos specially formulated for oily hair and avoid the use of pomade and hair gels which contain chemicals that can damage your hair.

Greasy Hair Care
When washing your hair make sure that you use small quantities of well-diluted shampoo for oily hair. While it may be recommended that you leave on the shampoo for some time, it is best to wash your hair as quickly as you can. If you observe greasy hair after washing, then try using a mild shampoo and wash it less, so that the natural oil balance of the hair shaft is restored. Conditioner if needed should be applied only to the tips of the hair.

Using Talcum Powder
An age-old remedy that is the best cure of oily scalp problems, sprinkling some talcum powder onto the scalp helps in soaking in the excess oil of the scalp and restoring the oil balance. Sprinkle talc or baby powder and let it remain on the scalp for a few minutes. Brush through with a wide toothed comb.

Homemade Herbal Shampoo
Create your very own homemade greasy hair shampoos with a teaspoon of aloe vera gel, and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice along with your regular shampoo. Blend all the ingredients and wash your hair with it. Massage it gently onto the scalp and then rinse off with cold water.

Lemon and Vinegar Hair Treatment
Acidic rinse help in drying out the excessive natural oil in the scalp. Lemon or white vinegar mixed with water makes for a great after shampoo rinse for greasy, oily hair. This oily hair treatment not only reduces sebum in the hair but also helps in clearing away the soap remnants from the hair. A good homemade hair astringent can be your answer to the problem of greasy hair and hair loss. Use half a teaspoon of witch hazel with equal amounts of mouthwash and apply it to the scalp using a piece of cotton wool. Some drops of lavender or sage oil to your regular shampoo can help in restoring hair.

Prevention of Greasy Hair
In addition to these oily hair home remedies, you can try using some simple, greasy hair quick fixes to restore the shine and bounce of your hair.
  • Maintain a healthy, balanced diet low in oils, sugars and fat and rich in fruits and vegetables. This helps eliminate the internal toxins that may result in greasy hair strands
  • Wash your hair regularly, especially after exercising or going out in the sun as the perspiration can result in excess sebum production and greasy hair
  • After washing avoid using a conditioner and use cool air to dry the hair fast
  • Avoid touching and brushing your hair too often which will end up producing extra oils due to over-stimulation and also avoid using metal combs. Instead stick to plastic and horn combs
  • Styling products such as gels and treatments should be restricted as damaged hair can be harder to control
While in most cases, greasy hair might be an outcome of an improper hair care regime, in certain cases oily scalp may be a result of a health problem. One of the main causes of greasy oily scalp problems is the stress. So with a healthy diet make sure that you incorporate a healthy lifestyle which involves getting enough sleep, exercising and meditating to eliminate the stress in your life. The essential rule is to not just invest in expensive, over-priced products but use these simple greasy hair solutions to restore the beauty and shine to your hair.
By Parul Solanki
Last Updated: 10/1/2011
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