Dream Cheeky will help you know How To Fix Oily Hair 2022: Should Read
If you’re anything like us, a year of successive lockdowns means you’ve probably got into the habit of washing your hair less often. Besides, your boss couldn’t exactly see your oily roots via Zoom, and the DPD delivery driver was probably more concerned about your unwashed tracksuit and PJs than the state of your hair.
But as the full-blown return to normality looms ever nearer, we’re likely going to be venturing into the big wide world a bit more. Whether it’s heading into the office or to dinner with pals, chances are, you’re going to want to leave the lockdown aesthetic in the past. Luckily, one thing that makes a huge difference and is extremely easy to fix is greasy hair.
We’ve called on the best hairdressers in the business to share their ultimate hacks for beating greasy roots once and for all, including the best oil-banishing products and how often you should be washing your hair (hint: it’s not as often as you think).
What causes greasy hair?
Greasy hair is the result of the sebaceous glands on your scalp producing oil. The oil is then absorbed by your hair and too much of it can give a greasy appearance.
The oil in itself isn’t bad for the hair – in fact, it makes hair lustrous, healthy and strong, but too much oil can cause a build up that leaves hair looking limp and overly slick.
Why does my hair get greasy after just one day?
Different hair types will appear greasy after different lengths of time – those with coarse or textured hair may be able to leave hair for a week and it still looks fresh. Those with fine or thin hair, however, may find their hair looks greasy after just one day.
It’s all to do with the amount of oil your scalp produces, as well as how well your hair can carry that oil. The temptation when you have oily roots is to wash your hair more regularly, but washing your hair every day can actually contribute to greasy roots.
That’s because once you’ve trained your hair into a regular rinse, it can feel icky and greasy if you try and eke and extra day out of it. It’s the same as over-cleansing your skin and stripping it of natural oils – the more you clean your hair, the more oil your scalp produces to compensate.
“If you normally wash your hair everyday, it will take time to adjust to just washing it every few days so you may have to tie it back or wear a headband (very on trend) for the in-between days,” says Mark. “However, once your hair adjusts, you will notice a dramatic difference by not washing it everyday.”
What are the best shampoos and conditioners for greasy hair?
Of course it’s not just about how you’re washing your hair, but whether you’re using the best products for your hair. Iain Sallis, trichologist and founder of Hairmedic, says it’s essential to select your shampoo and conditioner carefully. He advises avoiding any shampoo and conditioner labelled with the words: ‘dry’, ‘damaged’, ‘smoothing’ or ‘glossy’.