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WHY DOES MY HAIR GET GREASY SO FAST?

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Picture this: you look in the mirror and it looks like you ran a marathon in the desert. You start to question whether or not you really washed your hair yesterday because your hair is greasy - again

If you’re battling greasy roots and are searching for ways to keep your hair looking fresh longer, you’re not alone. Those with especially oily scalps may make as much as 1 gram of sebum each day! Excess sebum build-up can cause issues like dandruff, scalp odor, acne and more. Not exactly the things we desire in our strands.

Let’s dig into the common causes of greasy hair and then we’ll explore ways to manage and even prevent it.

Four Reasons Your Hair Gets Greasy So Quickly

Good Old Genetics

If your parents have naturally oily hair, there’s a good chance that you inherited this trait. Genetics can determine the size and activity of your sebaceous glands (where sebum is produced). Thanks mom and dad!

Hormones

Yup, the same ones that caused your cystic acne back in middle school. The truth is that hormonal changes — from puberty to pregnancy and menopause — can result in an increase of androgens causing your sebaceous glands to go on overdrive.

Products

Oil-laded products that are too heavy for your hair texture can make your mane look flat and you guessed it, oily. This includes shampoos, conditioners and even styling products. No matter what products you have in your arsenal, make sure that you use the correct amount per the instructions.

Contamination

Did you know that your hairbrush needs to be cleaned regularly? Each time you run it through your hair, it transfers bacteria and product buildup onto your precious locks. To ensure your hair remains clean and fresh for an extended period, it's essential to maintain a clean brush. And that entails more than just removing trapped strands from the bristles.

How to Get Rid of Grease in Hair

Now here is the big question: how do you prevent extra grease after every wash even if you are genetically prone? Here are some proven strategies to combat it:

Step 1: Incorporate a Pre-Rinse

Get rid of all the gunk and oils before you wash with a pre-rinse. This paired with the right shampoo will help you get a deep clean without removing the necessary oils that your scalp needs.

Step 2: Use a Clarifying Shampo

Try a product like our Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo that is formulated to clarify your scalp, remove impurities, excess oil and restore shine without adding extra oil.

Step 3: Conditioning with Care

Make sure to apply conditioner that works for your hair texture. This helps to make sure that your hair gets the moisture it needs without becoming greasy. Bonus tip – applying conditioner the full length of your hair to the ends helps reduce frizz..

Step 4: Keep Everything Clean

Be sure to keep your hairbrush, comb, towel and pillowcase clean to ensure that you’re not transferring bacteria or excess oils to your mane time after time.

Step 5: Maintain a Healthy Diet

A balanced diet can do wonders for your entire body, including your locks. Add in more foods rich in vitamins A and C as well as zinc to help regulate oil production. Talk to your doctor about any supplements that may make an impact on your hair health.

The battle against greasy hair can be a struggle but armed with the right hair care routine and some TLC, you can keep your locks looking fresh for longer. Check out all our products specially formulated to not only tackle dandruff but also help you achieve a nourished scalp without the extra grease.