One of the first things we notice about someone’s appearance is their hair. The health and beauty of a person’s hair can often be a subconscious contributor to the impression we form of that person. Oily hair may be taken as an indication that you lack proper hygiene or are lazy, even though this is often not the case at all. Genetics play a part, but what bad habits have you picked up that may also be contributing to oily hair?
Shampooing Too MuchIt sounds oxymoronic, but washing your hair too often can actually cause the greasy look that makes your hair appear unwashed. While you may be tempted to wash your oily hair more often and more vigorously than ever, what you may really need to do is cut back. Shampooing strips hair of its natural oils, so shampooing every day can trigger the scalp to produce excess oil as a way to balance the overzealous cleaning. How often to shampoo depends on your personal scalp and hair type, but some people’s hair looks best being washed as little as once a week. Try wearing a headband, ponytail, or French braid to hide your oily roots while you let your scalp take a break and normalize!
Improper Conditioning Technique
A common mistake is applying conditioner all throughout the hair. Conditioners create a sort of seal around strands of hair to keep them looking shiny and soft. But this barrier is not what you want on your roots, where it will trap oils at the scalp. Take care to only apply conditioner to the ends of your hair to help prevent split ends, as opposed to the scalp. Additionally, be sure to wash it out thoroughly unless it is a leave-in product.
The Wrong Hair ProductsIn some cases, it’s not the number of times you clean your hair, or how you do so, but what products you’re using. For instance, those with fine hair should avoid heavy conditioners. Using cheap products can sometimes lead to oiliness due to lower quality ingredients.
One item to be on the lookout for is a clarifying shampoo, which can be used as little as once a month or as often as twice a week. These special shampoos work well to free your hair not only of oil, but the other debris it accumulates on a daily basis. Just about everyone could benefit from this simple fix.
Too Much TouchingDo you have long, sweeping bangs that you’re constantly moving out of your eyes? Do you play with your hair compulsively throughout the day? Like the scalp, our hands also produce oils. Touching your hair too often can cause these to transfer from your hands to your tresses. Bangs that touch the forehead also collect extra oil. Cutting or wearing your hair in a way that keeps the strands off your forehead can help your hair’s overall appearance greatly!
Consider meeting with a hair stylist or dermatologist if oil problems persist even after attempting these fixes.