Why Is My Hair Greasy After I Wash It?

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Does your hair feel greasy even after washing it? While oil may accumulate over time, there’s something wrong with your hair care routine if you have oily hair immediately after you wash it.

So, if you have this question – ‘why is my hair greasy after I wash it?’  know that the causes can vary and it’s probably a good idea to identify what’s happening and avoid that mistake to make sure that your clean hair is actually clean.

What is Making Your Hair Greasy?

Unknowingly, you may be making certain mistakes that prevent your hair from looking fresh, even after the shower. We are going to highlight some common mistakes. So, identify yours and avoid repeating it to experience grease-free hair.

Mistake 1: You’re over-conditioning your hair

While your intentions are to take care of your hair, using conditioner all over it isn’t a good idea. Remember, conditioning is needed more for your ends and not for your roots. So, if you’re applying a lot of it to your roots, your hair may feel greasy. It’s best to limit your conditioner use to your weak ends to avoid greasy roots. This is especially true if you have fine hair, where less product is needed.

Mistake 2: You’re over-washing your hair

If your hair gets greasy in no time, your first instinct is to wash it repeatedly. However, doing so can only add to your problems as over-shampooing depletes vital moisturizing elements from the hair as well as the scalp. So, in response, your scalp’s sebum glands tend to produce more oil, ultimately leading to a greasy scalp. It’s best to avoid fueling the problem by limiting your hair wash to two to three times a week. In case of a very oily scalp, you may need to wash it once a day for the time being.

Mistake 3: You’re using the wrong shampoo

Your greasy hair can also be the result of using the wrong shampoo. Avoid going for rich formulations, instead, choose gentle, rebalancing alternatives that help you with better cleansing. Additionally, these natural shampoo products will help retain your natural oils.

Mistake 4: You’re rinsing your hair with extremely hot water

While you may be fascinated with having a hot shower, know that the scalp skin can become dry with this overexposure. This can further result in dry skin and overproduction of oil. So, instead of using hot water to rinse your hair, use medium-warm water. If possible, run cold water through your hair in the end as it closes the cuticles and helps you get the required shine.

Mistake 5: You’re applying a lot of serum

Everything is good in limits so make sure you’re using your hair care products in the right quantities. This applies to serum and oils too. Begin with using a small quantity and focus on the ends first. Also, be sure to avoid the roots, or you may end up with excessively oily roots. A recommended way is to squeeze and spread a little of your styling product on your hands and then apply it to your hair. This will ensure even distribution rather than just using your palms for the application.

Mistake 6: You’re using heavy styling products

If you’re an ardent fan of using various hair styling products like wax, cream and oil, know that they may be contributing to your greasy hair. Look at your hair product carefully to see if it includes emollients like natural oils. So, it becomes vital for you to ensure that you are choosing the right product. Going for lightweight hair products may help the cause.

Mistake 7: You straighten your hair every day

When you straighten your hair, you’re bringing your hair closer to your scalp. This means your locks will be in closer contact with oil and appear greasier.

Mistake 8: You’re not washing your hairbrush regularly

Do you clean your hairbrushes often? Your hairbrush can harbor all sorts of dirt, dust, and dead skin from your hair. This scalp buildup overtime can clog your brush and will further transfer onto your hair, making it feel dirty. It is recommended to cleanse your hairbrush at least twice a month. This will remove the accumulated debris at regular intervals and prevent it from transferring onto your hair.

Ways to Prevent Greasy Hair

Bringing some changes to your hair care routine will help you avoid greasy hair. These include:

Wash Your Hair Regularly

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, if you really face a greasy hair issue, it’s best to shampoo once a day. Doing so will help you remove the excess oil, debris, as well as remnants of hair products from the scalp.

Additionally, choose a shampoo that is specifically made for oily hair. This will also help in cleaning the scalp and hair without adding extra moisture.

Be Gentle with Your Hair 

You should focus on scrubbing your scalp but do your best to not go too hard. Scrub enough to rub in the shampoo without irritating your scalp as it can further lead to overstimulation of your glands and produce excess sebum.

Be sure to rinse thoroughly as hair care products left on your hair can make it feel greasy.

Use Conditioner Carefully

A hair conditioner is great for adding moisture and keeping your hair untangled. But remember to focus this attention on your ends, not your scalp. You don’t need to provide extra moisture to your scalp, so avoid applying conditioner to it. Simply restrict the use of conditioner to your ends.

Use a Clarifying Shampoo Once a Week

Does your daily hair routine include the use of various styling products like sprays and serum? If that’s the case, your gentle shampoo may not be effective enough to get rid of product buildup. This can leave your hair oily. Using a clarifying shampoo can avoid this issue as it tends to remove all the accumulated debris and make your hair feel fresh. It’s recommended to incorporate a clarifying formula into your regular hair care routine once a week.

Treat Your Scalp

While finding ways to avoid greasy hair, it is important to pay equal attention to your scalp. Overlooking your scalp health can affect your hair health as a whole. Many hair care products like shampoos, conditioners, creams, and styling products have silicone as an ingredient as it helps to smoothen your hair and bring the desired shine. However, it’s best to avoid silicone as that may contribute to clogging your pores. Instead, consider using ones that target removing the buildup and balancing the scalp. Find a proper hair treatment if need be. This will deeply cleanse your scalp and further help in preventing greasy hair.

Don’t Rely on Shine-Enhancing Styling Products

You may be fascinated to buy those styling products that claim to give extra shine to your hair. But it’s best to stay away from them as they usually have some type of oil ingredient. Alternatively, consider getting hair products that focus on volumizing properties. They may help with increasing your hair volume without making them look greasy. You may also consider using a hair spray to style your hair without adding more grease.

Clean Your Hair Brush Regularly

A dirty brush and freshly washed hair are never a good combination. As your brush may have accumulated the debris of various styling products, it can make your hair dirty if you immediately brush your hair with it. Make a habit of cleaning your styling tools with a gentle soap or shampoo to remove the buildup at least twice a month. Keep your brush clean and free from debris and loose hair that may have left behind after brushing.

The Takeaway

Oily hair can make a bad hair day but there are plenty of ways that you can work to help overcome this issue. Identify your mistake and consider the above-mentioned tips to enjoy greasy-free hair. In some cases, you may require special scalp treatment to control oil production. It’s best to see your dermatologist here who can figure out the root cause behind your greasy hair and prescribe treatment as required.

We recommend using Mother Dirt Probiotic Hydrating Hair Wash. It deeply cleanses hair while restoring balance to your scalp microbiome. It is specially formulated with a powerful blend of probiotic extracts to clean dirt, debris and impurities from hair without stripping - leaving hair feeling strong, full and soft.

For best results, you should follow the Probiotic Hydrating Hair Wash with Mother Dirt Probiotic Hydrating Conditioner. This Conditioner has been specially formulated with a powerful blend of probiotic extracts to moisturize hair without weighing it down. Only a small amount is needed for smoother and healthier-looking hair.

Both our Probiotic Hydrating Hair Wash and Probiotic Hydrating Conditioner are oil-free, sulfate-free, paraben-free, and safe for color-treated hair. Plus, they are dermatologically tested and clinically tested. 

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