Do you have greasy hair? No need to worry, it’s not the end of the world. These days, there is a variety of solutions to take care of it. You just need to use the right product at the right time. Follow our advice to give your hair its beauty back.
What are the characteristics of greasy hair?
Greasy hair is caused by a common imbalance of the sebaceous glands which secrete sebum.
Sebum is a natural oily substance which lubricates the scalp and protects against pollution. When there’s too much of it, it becomes a problem.
This imbalance affects one in four women, leaving hair shiny, heavy and glued to your head the day after it’s washed. Nice.
What are the causes?
Greasy hair is most likely genetic but it can also be aggravated by stress, anxiety, an unbalanced or high-fat diet, exhaustion, different shampoos and excessive use of chemical dyes.
How should hair be treated?
First of all, use a special shampoo designed for Greasy hair, or a very gentle one with a neutral pH. That way you can wash your hair as much as you want and as soon as you feel the need to, without worrying about aggravating it.
How should hair be washed?
Always use small quantities of well-diluted shampoo. Don’t leave the shampoo on for long: the quicker you wash your hair, the better.
What not to do:
In order to prevent excess stimulation of the sebaceous glands which causes excess sebum), don't:
- use shampoo for babies or children. It’s very gentle but it has an oil-producing effect which isn’t suitable for teenagers and adults.
- rub your head vigorously when shampooing.
- wash twice. The second wash will have a stripping effect on your hair.
- use very hot water.
- use a very hot hairdryer close to your roots.
- dry your hair by rubbing it in a towel.
What to do:
- massage your scalp gently before shampooing
to stimulate its micro-circulation.
- have a final rinse in cold water to close your hair’s pores.
- pre-dry hair
with a terry towel to remove excess water.
- when using a hairdryer, use a low temperature, hold it 15cm away from your head and never keep your dryer fixed on the same section of hair for more than 15 seconds.
tried & tested home-made remedies!
Mix a handful of green powdered clay, vinegar and 50% water until you get a thick paste. Apply your home-made capillary mask, leave to act for 10 minutes, rinse with warm water and then shampoo
Add 3-4 drops of essential orange, lavender or sage oil to your shampoo
. These oils are perfect for Greasy hair
because of their tonic and antiseptic properties.
Mix 2 drops of thyme
or rosemary oil (astringent plants) with 1 tablespoon of vinegar or lemon to tighten the hair cuticle. Dilute this mixture in 1 litre of mineral or spring water and rinse.
How to style greasy hair
Never use a metal comb on wet hair - use a horn or plastic comb. The teeth should be round and smooth so they don't damage your hair.
Don’t use combs or brushes with fine or tight teeth, as these stimulate sebum production. Avoid styling gels that make hair dull and oils that make hair shine but weigh it down.
Greasy roots and dry ends: how is that possible?!
Dye, perms, bleaching and harsh drying can all make your hair not smooth enough to allow the sebum to slide down the full length of the hair.
To care for greasy roots and dry ends:
- Apply a clay mask to the roots only, not to the tips!
- Wash all your hair with purifying shampoo.
- Nourish the lengths and tips with moisturising oils and masks.
- Don’t massage your scalp. The more you stimulate blood circulation, the more sebum will rise to the surface of the scalp.
More tips for healthy hair
Aside from these beauty rituals, a healthy lifestyle is essential for healthy hair. Getting enough sleep, eating a balanced diet, eating plenty of green vegetables and fresh fruit will all help to eliminate toxins.
And use hair products containing sulphur amino acids, zinc and Vitamin B6, which act on your locks in the long term, making them look and feel healthier.