Why Does My Hair Not Get Greasy?


Greasiness is an extremely common hair problem that makes styling difficult and gives off an unintentionally dirty look. This isn’t your problem. You are on the opposite end of the spectrum with hair that doesn’t get greasy. Why is this the case, and could it be a problem? This article will answer these questions and more - let’s get right into it!

Why Your Hair Doesn’t Get Greasy

If your hair doesn’t get greasy, trust us - you’re not imagining it. There are several reasons why hair doesn’t get greasy, and we’ll break a few of them down below:

  • You have curly hair - Curly hair rarely gets greasy, and it’s because of its structure. The twists and turns of your curls stop natural oils from traveling down to your ends. As a result, you may have dry hair and scalp issues.

  • You live in a dry climate - If you live in a dry climate, your surroundings could zap moisture from your hair.

  • You are getting older - As you age, your scalp produces less and less oil. The drop in oil production may be sudden or slow and gradual.

  • It’s in your genes - Regardless of your age, lifestyle, etc., your hair may not get greasy because of your genetic makeup. Some people naturally produce less scalp oils, while others produce quite a bit. In this case, it’s not necessarily an issue - it’s just how things are.

Is Your Scalp or Hair Dry?

If your hair isn’t greasy or dry, you’re in a good position. This is what many people are striving for. But if things err on the dry side, you’ll need to take steps to remedy the issue.

Take a few moments and examine your hair and scalp for signs of dryness. 

Signs your scalp is dry:

  • An ashy cast over your scalp.

  • Flakes that look white or gray.

  • A feeling of skin tightness.

  • Skin redness.

  • Itchiness or irritation.

Signs your hair is dry:

  • Your hair seems to break easily.

  • You have many split ends.

  • Detangling your hair is difficult.

  • Your hair looks dull rather than shiny and lustrous.

  • Your hair doesn’t stretch very far before snapping (low elasticity).

How to Promote Hydration and Moisture in Your Scalp and Hair

After taking a close look at your hair and scalp, you may come to the conclusion that you’re dealing with dryness. If that’s the case, it’s time to boost your hair and scalp’s hydration and moisture levels. Here are a few ways to do that:

  • Switch to moisturizing and hydrating hair products.

  • Wash your hair and scalp less.

  • Use a deep conditioner or hair mask now and again.

  • Massage your scalp with oil.

  • Do a hot oil treatment on your hair.

  • Always protect your hair from the environment (wear a silk or satin bonnet or scarf, wear a hat when you go outside, etc.)

  • Drink enough water. The general recommendation is 8 cups daily.

In addition to the above, be sure to get your hands on a good water-based leave-in conditioner like Daily Dose to further boost your hair’s hydration, moisture, and growth potential. We hope you found all the information you were looking for, and we wish you the best with your hair.


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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