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There Are Simple Ways To Prevent Your Hair From Getting Greasy


I know I'm not the only one whose hair gets super greasy a day after I wash it.

I have friends who don't wash their hair for days and it looks fine. Of course, everyone has different textures of hair, but it's frustrating to have to tie your hair up every day in fear of it looking greasy.

According to Jeff Chastain, a hairstylist in New York City, if you have straight hair, your hair gets greasier faster because the oils can travel quickly down the hair.

We've been told time and time again that not washing your hair, or not washing it vigorously enough, can make it greasy, but there are actually many reasons why your hair gets greasy so fast.

And, contrary to popular opinion, washing your hair often may actually be doing more harm than good for your hair's health.

Here are seven mistakes many people who complain of greasy hair make. Fortunately, there are simple ways to combat the grease!

1. Don't wash your hair every day

It's tempting to scrub all the oils out of your hair right when you get home from work or the gym, but think twice before you do!

Shampooing your hair every day strips your scalp from its natural oils, which then makes it feel the need to build up more oil fast.

It's going to take some time for your hair to adjust to less washes, but you'll be happy you made the change!

So, take your time between washes, and if you must, use a light shampoo that won't dry out your hair.

2. Go easy on the conditioner

This one seems like a no-brainer, but not a lot of people condition their hair the right way.

Conditioner is a great way to give your hair more moisture, so if you're prone to greasy hair, you should only be conditioning the ends.

And never forget to wash the conditioner out thoroughly!

3. You spend too much time brushing your hair

I'm not saying you shouldn't detangle your hair, but over-brushing stimulates oil production on your scalp.

Also, if your hairbrush has been brushed on oily hair, you should be washing the brush constantly to prevent those unnecessary oils from building up on your scalp. Simply soak your brush in warm water and a little shampoo to get it clean.

If you must brush your hair, comb the ends.

4. You're using the wrong styling products

Stay away from oils! That means, don't buy products that offer "shine," "moisture," and "frizz control."

What you need is a light product that caters to fine or oily hair.

Experts recommend using clay shampoo that locks in moisture, keeping your hair healthy, while preventing it from getting greasy fast.

5. Use dry shampoo

Don't be afraid to use dry shampoo if you have greasy hair! Contrary to popular opinion, it's not a Band-Aid solution!

Dry shampoo, or baby powder, will absorb all that grease from your roots so that you don't have to wash your hair so often.

6. You have a habit of touching your hair

It's not only people who leave their hair down that constantly touch their hair! I have a bad habit of twirling my ponytail and smoothening the top of my hair all the time.

Just like how you shouldn't be touching your face with dirty hands to prevent oil and dirt from clogging your pores, you shouldn't touch your hair either.

7. Avoid straightening your hair

As mentioned before, if you're applying heat protective oils to your hair before your straighten your hair, you're only making your hair greasier faster.

Also, straightening your hair only makes the oils travel from the roots to the ends at a quicker rate.

When hair lies flat against your head, there's less circulation, producing more sweat, which means more oil production.

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Moojan has been a writer at Shared for a year. When she's not on the lookout for viral content, she's looking at cute animal photos. Reach her at moojan@shared.com.