When it comes to your hair, a little bit of oil is a good thing. In fact, our scalps naturally produce around 2 to 4 grams of oil, also called sebum, every day. Sebum keeps your hair healthy, smooth and strong, and prevents dryness and breakage.
But what if your scalp is producing too much sebum? Excess oil can make your hair look and feel greasy and limp, and in severe cases it can even cause skin irritation and dandruff.
The good news is there are plenty of things you can do to help stop oiliness in its tracks. Read on to learn how to keep your hair bouncy and glossy – not greasy.
1. Keep Your Scalp Clean
It’s a common myth that washing your hair less often will slow down oil production. Keeping your scalp clean actually helps prevent grease from building up. However, some heavier, more intensive cleansers can weigh down your hair, making it appear oilier than it is. Instead, wash your hair with a lightweight, volumizing shampoo. We love Pantene Sheer Volume Shampoo, which provides all-day lift and leaves zero residue. Gently massage your scalp while washing, and rinse your hair until it’s bubble-free.
Tip: If you’re fighting dandruff flakes in addition to oily hair, try an anti-dandruff shampoo that also controls oil, like Head & Shoulders Instant Oil Control Shampoo.
2. Don’t Skip Conditioner
Worried that your conditioner will make your hair look greasier? Fret not. Conditioner improves your hair’s strength and actually helps prevent oiliness. The trick is to choose a lightweight conditioner and only use it on the ends of your hair rather than rubbing it into your scalp. Pantene Sheer Volume Conditioner gives you full-body style, shine and 24-hour volume without the weight.
3. Brush Your Hair Regularly
Brushing your hair – ideally with a natural-bristle brush – will help remove greasy build-up at the roots, carrying the natural sebum from your scalp down the length of your hair and toward the ends, where it’s needed most.
4. Hands Off!
Tempting as it may be, try not to touch your hair too often – it transfers oil and dirt from your hands onto your strands. Your forehead is one of the greasiest parts of your body, so if you suffer from oily hair, keep it swept up off your forehead. You can also use oil-absorbing sheets on your face as part of your daily beauty routine.
5. Wash Away Sweat
Sweat irritates your scalp, causing it to produce more sebum. Whenever possible, wash your hair after exercise or if you’ve been out and about on a warm day.
6. Be Product Savvy
Keep grease at bay between washes by spritzing your strands with dry shampoo. Our top pick is Pantene Dry Shampoo. With a formula made from natural tapioca, it absorbs oil and instantly refreshes your hair. Try using it before bed – you’ll wake up with ready-to-style, grease-free hair.
How do you handle greasy hair? We’d love to hear your best tips in the comments section below!