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If your hair is naturally oily, you should avoid using certain products that could make it look greasier. Find out how styling your hair affects greasiness.

Your scalp is constantly producing oils (sebum) that naturally moisturize your hair. You need to routinely wash the build-up from your hair using a shampoo, or it starts to look greasy. But there are other things that affect the greasiness of your hair too.

Styling products

When styling products build-up, they can make your hair appear greasier than it is. If your hair tends to become oily-looking quite quickly, make sure you thoroughly cleanse tresses before and after use of styling products to rid hair of any residue that could build-up and cause scalp irritation.

Whether you have a sensitive scalp or you’re after styling products that are gentle but effective, Head & Shoulders’ men’s styling collection’s one to try. From styling gel to texturising putty and shaping pomade, it’s formulated to be kind to your scalp and hair without compromising on results.

Hair brushing

Brushing your hair can transfer and spread the sebum from the roots along the length of the hair. 

For some people, this can make hair look greasier, because the sticky sebum can cause hairs to clump together, making them look dirty. 

Other people, such as those with curly or coarse hair texture, may find their hair looks better on the second day, because the sebum makes their hair more manageable and moisturized.

If you’re prone to oily hair, make sure to clean your hairbrushes regularly otherwise styling products and dirt build up on the brush will just end up back in your hair!  


The heat from straighteners and curling irons won’t change your body’s oil production. 

If you notice an increase in oiliness after heat-styling your hair, it’s likely because the oils on the scalp were softened and melted by the heat of the devices, making it easier to spread across your hair fibers.   

In any case, heat styling is pretty damaging to your hair, so try not to heat-style your hair too often.

What shampoo should you use?

Instant Oil Control Shampoo will cut through the build-up of dirt, oils and product for a fresh feeling that lasts.

Your scalp will always produce oils, but by adopting some good habits you can manage them effectively to keep your hair from looking oily.

Use a clarifying shampoo every couple of weeks to give your hair and scalp a deep clean and remove any build-up.

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