Why Does My Hair Get Greasy Fast?

Who doesn’t love the feeling of soft, freshly washed hair? Unfortunately, some people may find that this feeling doesn’t last. Instead, their hair gets oily shortly after washing and drying it. If this sounds familiar, just keep reading! We’ll examine a few reasons your hair is getting greasy fast and give you some of our best tips for fighting it.

You Have Straight Hair

The straighter your hair is, the more likely it is to get oily after washing. When you have straight hair, the natural oils produced by your scalp quickly travel all the way down to the ends of your hair. While this keeps your strands hydrated and healthy, it can also leave them feeling greasy.

While there’s nothing you can do (short of a perm) to change your natural hair texture, you can minimize the grease by using products that are specifically made for straight hair. They tend to be less moisturizing, lighter weight and can balance out your oil levels rather than add to them.

Your Scalp Produces More Oil

Does it seem like your hair gets greasy even when you don’t add any product to it? If so, it might indicate that your scalp produces more oil than average.

While it may seem counterintuitive, washing your hair less often can actually cause your scalp to produce less oil. When you overwash your hair, your scalp overcompensates for the loss by producing more oil.

Once your scalp adjusts to your new wash routine, it will be less likely to go into oil production overdrive. Need to suck up some excess oil between wash days? Comb a little dry shampoo into your roots to eliminate greasiness and give your scalp a much-needed refresh.

Your Products Are Too Heavy

If your hair gets greasy fast, you’ll need to ensure your products aren’t adding even more oil to your strands. Switch to lightweight or weightless products, and never use more than the recommended amount when applying them to your hair. You should also look for formulas that balance out oil production. Need some recommendations? Here are a few ingredients that can help fight oily strands.

  • Tea tree oil

  • Apple cider vinegar

  • Lemongrass

  • Peppermint

You Aren’t Washing Your Hair Correctly

While it’s easy to overlook, incorrectly washing your hair can do more harm than good. Shampoos that are too stripping or not deep cleaning enough can through off your scalp’s oil production and lead to greasy locks. Switch to a shampoo that hydrates and cleanses your hair, and try not to shampoo more than two or three times a week. You should also keep in mind that hot water stimulates your scalp’s oil glands. So, make sure you’re washing your hair with warm or cool water.

There are plenty of reasons why your hair gets greasy fast. But luckily, there are just as many ways to prevent and correct it! That said, we hope this article has helped you determine the root cause behind your greasy locks and provided you with all the tools you need to make every day a fantastic hair day.



Author: Andrea Reyes

Andrea is a mother, wife, writer, and natural hair enthusiast of 15 years. Currently on her natural hair journey, she’s been trying countless products and techniques to understand and embrace her natural hair. She is the creator of NaturallyTextured.com, a new website featuring informative articles that share tips, tricks, and techniques aimed to help others learn to love their hair through proper hair care. She writes with the hope of making hair care easier to understand and implement.

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