Why Is Your Hair Greasy After Washing It? Here’s What Might Be Causing It — PHOTOS
There's literally no feeling more frustrating than having dirty hair, showering, and emerging with your hair feeling greasy, even after washing it. It kind of negates everything you just did, right? While grease is normal after a couple days, you definitely should not have oily hair when it's freshly washed, so something is going wrong. The causes can vary, but if this is something you've experienced, it's probably a good idea to figure out what's happening and correct it before you waste anymore of your time.
If you're like me and find washing and drying your hair to be a seriously arduous process, then you want to make sure that when you carve out time to do it, you're doing it right, and it's a wash that's going to last you. Whether you go a day, a few days, or a week between washes, you want to be able to go your standard duration and not have your hair grease up too quickly. Like, freshly out of the shower. What gives?!
There's several mistakes or oversights you could be making that are causing your hair to feel oily before your hair has even dried yet, so check out some of these more common ones to make sure your clean hair is actually clean.
1. You Over-Conditioned Your Hair
This mistake is made with the best intentions. You think you're taking care of your hair, so you slather conditioner all over it, but you actually don't need to. Your ends need it more than your roots do, and you might be putting too much conditioner on your roots, causing it to feel greasy. To remedy this, just put conditioner on your weak ends.
2. You Didn't Rinse All The Conditioner Out
In a rush? You might not have gotten it all out. Next time you shower, take your time and make sure all the suds are out before you call it a day.
3. Your Conditioner Is Too Strong
If you're only conditioning the ends and you made sure all the conditioner has rinsed out, you could be using a conditioner that's too strong for your hair. If you have fine, thin, or naturally oily hair, you may not need to use something as heavy as someone with thick hair, damage, or dry hair. Instead, switch to a lightweight conditioner, or even a conditioner spray.
4. You Have Product Buildup
The more product you use on your hair (think serums, heat protectants, hair sprays, etc.), the more buildup they create. Regular old shampoo doesn't always do the trick, and sometimes you have to use a clarifying shampoo to make sure all that gunk is out of there.
5. You're Rinsing With Hot Water
I know, it's winter, it's cold out, so you crank up the heat — but don't. Hot water stimulates the sebaceous gland, which secretes oil, so finish with a cool rinse instead.
6. You Put Too Much Serum On
If the first thing you do after you wash your hair is put on your frizz fighter, shine serum, or heat protectant, just make sure you're only applying a small, pea-sized amount or so. Applying too much, even of a good thing, can cause greasy roots.
7. You're Washing Too Often
You might think you need to wash more because your hair is oily, but the more you wash, the more oily it's going to get. Washing often dries out your scalp, so it will naturally secrete more oil to moisturize itself. Try going longer between washes and see if you notice a decrease in oil production.
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