Quick & Easy Ways to Fix Oily Hair

by Colleen Welsch on February 21st, 2019
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Is your hair looking a little too shiny? We all want gorgeous, glossy hair, but too many natural oils can leave your hair looking greasy and lank. Luckily, there are some quick changes you can make to your hair care routine to reduce oily hair. Keep reading to learn how to fix greasy and oily hair. And see how Viviscal supplements can keep your hair looking healthier, promoting thicker, fuller hair growth.*

What Causes Oily Hair?

Each hair follicle is attached to a sebaceous gland below the scalp. The sebaceous gland produces an oil called sebum. Sebum’s job is to keep your hair hydrated, healthy and smooth. However, sometimes the scalp can produce too much oil, which leads to greasy hair. This excess oil production can happen for a few reasons, including:

  • Hormonal changes during puberty, pregnancy or your period
  • Seasonal changes in humidity and temperature
  • Lifestyle changes, such as exercising more
  • Poor diet
  • Bad hair care habits, such as not shampooing enough or even over-washing! (See more on that below)
  • Side effects of certain medications

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9 Fast Fixes for Greasy Hair

1. Hands Off!

Constantly touching your hair could make your locks more greasy. Why? Because touching your hair transfers oils from your fingers to your strands. So keep your hands out of your hair!

2. Adjust Your Washing Habits

If you shampoo your hair all the time and your hair is still oily, you may actually be over-washing it. Using harsh shampoos too often can strip your hair and scalp of its natural oils, leaving them parched. As a result, your scalp works overtime to produce oils, and usually overcompensates, producing much more than you need.

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Quick shampoo tips: never wash your hair more than once per day. Better yet, try to gradually cut down to washing your hair two to three times per week. And always use a gentle shampoo like Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Shampoo, which cleanses hair without overly stripping it.

3. Try a Different Conditioner

It’s possible that your current conditioner is too heavy for your hair type. Try a lightweight conditioner instead. Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Conditioner provides hair with the moisture it needs without weighing it down with extra heaviness. It may be the simple swap you need to fix your oily hair.

4. The Ear Rule

Since your scalp seems to be doing too great of a job keeping your hair moisturized, you may only need to apply conditioner to your ends. Apply conditioner to your hair only from your ear level and below to reduce extra oiliness at the roots.

5. Rinse Well

After washing your hair, make sure to thoroughly rinse your hair with cold water for at least 30 seconds. Residue from your conditioner can make your hair look more oily. Plus, hot water invigorates the sebaceous glands, which can stimulate extra oil production. That’s why this cold rinse can help reduce greasiness. And cold water helps seal the outer layer of the hair strand — the cuticle — giving your hair more shine.

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6. Pull a Switcheroo

Have you tried rinsing well but your hair still looks oily? Try reversing the steps. Condition your hair first, then shampoo. This will help to remove extra residue left behind from your conditioner.

7. Try Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo soaks up extra oil between washes, leaving your hair looking freshly washed. It’s actually best to apply dry shampoo before bed. This allows the product to absorb excess oils overnight. But you can apply it any time using the following steps:

  • Hold the can 8-12 inches away from your head, apply the dry shampoo directly to your roots.
  • Allow to sit for five minutes.
  • Blast your roots with a blowdryer to remove the excess dry shampoo residue.
  • Brush through hair and voila! Your hairstyle looks fresh, like you just washed it.

8. Clean Your Hairbrush

Your brush may actually be the culprit behind your greasy hair. If your brush is filled with oils and old hairs, it’s transferring those oils back to your hair every time you brush. Remove hair from your brush after every use. And gently clean your brush with shampoo, then rinse and allow to dry thoroughly, once a week.

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9. Nourish Your Follicles

Poor diet also can contribute to greasy hair. Experts have found that a diet high in fat and carbohydrates actually can increase sebum production. And studies have shown that eating more omega-3 fatty acids in fish and seafood can help decrease acne. So yes, experts definitely believe that sebum and oil on your skin can be affected by your diet.

However, you know that a good diet affects more than just oily skin. If you want thick, healthy-looking hair, that also starts with good nutrition. You can “feed” your follicles the right nutrients for thicker, fuller hair by taking Viviscal supplements twice daily. They’re formulated with ingredients like biotin, zinc, vitamin C and iron to promote existing healthy hair growth.*

Tip: When in doubt, if you just can’t seem to conquer your oily hair, your next best step is to talk to your dermatologist. He or she can help identify if more serious scalp conditions could be a factor.

Do you have good tips for fixing greasy and oily hair? Let us know in the comments!