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How to Get Rid of Greasy Hair

With a few simple tweaks to your routine, you can get rid of greasy hair for good.

Often a tell-tale sign that your locks aren't freshly washed, greasy hair can quickly put a damper on your look. Naturally, if your roots are prone to getting oily, greasy strands aren't too far behind. Below, discover what causes that excess oil production and learn how to get rid of greasy hair-without having to shower!

The Difference Between Oily Hair and Greasy Hair

According to L'Oréal Professionnel Artist Travis Parker, oily hair and greasy hair are not one in the same. "Generally speaking, oily hair is related to over-active sebaceous glands and this is visible at the scalp only. Greasy hair, however, is typically related to the strands of hair themselves. This can be caused by the oil pushing further over the hair strand attracting dust, debris, and the buildup of other product being used on the hair," Parker shares.

What Causes Greasy Hair?

Even though oily hair and greasy hair are different, they are related. If you don't deal with that excess oil at the scalp, it will eventually result in greasy-looking strands. To learn how to get rid of greasy hair, you first must determine what's causing the oil production in the first place.

Much like oily skin, greasy hair is caused by excessive production of sebum-or oil-in the scalp. Each strand of hair grows from a follicle that houses a sebaceous gland which produces oil-or sebum. While a certain amount of oil is necessary to keep your hair naturally hydrated, nourished, and shiny, when your scalp is producing too much it can cause your hair to become greasy, limp, and flat. What causes these sebaceous glands to kick into overdrive and produce too much oil? Anything from genetics, hormones, diet, medications, to hair care habits can affect the amount of oil your glands produce.

How to Get Rid of Greasy Hair Without Washing It

It may seem like the fastest way to get rid of greasy hair is to simply shampoo but, it can actually make the problem worse if you resort to over-washing your locks. By over-washing your hair, you can dehydrate your scalp, leading it to believe it needs to produce more oil to compensate for the lack of moisture. It leads to a never-ending cycle of washing that just exacerbates the issue.

The same can be said for over-using dry shampoos and similar products. They are simply masking an issue instead of remedying it. While dry shampoo can be used as an alternative to your daily shampoo, Parker warns not to rely too heavily on it. "What you must remember is that we are trying to remove all buildup, not contribute to it," he says.

So, if you want to know how to get rid of greasy hair but showering and dry shampoo aren't viable options, what are?

Train Your Hair to Need Less Washes

Since overproduction of oil is often caused by over-washing, you'll want to try to train your hair to not rely on those frequent shampoos. By no means should you go multiple days without washing your hair if you have greasy hair, but try to wash every other day instead of every day. During the off day, consider styling your hair in a braided updo to keep it from laying flat. Over time you should notice your hair looking less greasy in between washes.

Use Less Product When You Style

Often it's a buildup of product that causes greasy hair. Instead of using oils and leave-in conditioners when you style, stick to one lightweight product that focuses on the end goal of your look. So a heat protectant if you plan to blow dry, a volumizing mousse to lift your roots, or a spritz of hairspray to lock in your style, but nothing more.

When You Do Wash, Use The Right Products

When you do wash your hair, make sure you're using the right products. Use shampoo and conditioner that has been specifically formulated for oily hair. "The incorrect product-no matter what it is-may further contribute to the problem." Parker says. "Use clarifying and oily hair shampoos and stay away from oilier products in general. Hair should be rinsed with cool water, helping to cut down on natural oil production."

Never Apply Conditioner to Your Roots

After shampooing, condition your lengths but avoid putting the product on your roots. "Putting conditioner directly on, or close to your scalp can weigh your hair down," Parker shares. "Apply conditioner to your mid-lengths and ends, not your roots."

Try Oil-Absorbing Sheets

To get rid of greasy hair without washing or reaching for dry shampoo, try this hairdresser hack! Oil-absorbing sheets are commonly used to get rid of greasy skin without disrupting your makeup, but they can also be used in a pinch to absorb any excess grease in the hair without having to wash your strands or use dry shampoo.

Hide it with a Headband

Headbands, scarves, and other hair accessories can easily help you hide greasy hair in between washes while still looking sophisticated and chic. The best part is that no one will even know that your hair looks greasy!

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