5 Tips for Tackling Greasy Hair

5 Tips for Tackling Greasy Hair

Dealing with greasy hair can be a challenge, especially if you feel as though you’ve tried and tested every method to help tackle the excess of oil and can’t seem to get anywhere. The first thing people tend to do when their hair feels greasy is wash it, and if your hair is naturally greasy, this could mean you end up overwashing your hair and causing more problems. Another thing that often happens is people with naturally greasy hair use the wrong products for their hair type and, again, cause more hair issues and don’t end up fixing the initial problem of excess oil.

So, today, as leading providers of professional hair products online, we help people care for a wide range of different hairstyles; here are our top five tips for tackling greasy hair.

How Do I Know If I Have Greasy Hair?

Grease and hair oil is normal; no matter your hair type, you will experience greasy hair at some point. However, for some people, it becomes an overwhelming problem. Whilst oil is natural, excess oil is not and requires additional attention in terms of haircare and washing routines to stay on top of the issue. Here are a few symptoms that you may recognise if you have greasy hair:

  • Your hair constantly feels greasy, even straight after washing
  • You experience itchiness
  • You have a flakey scalp

If this sounds all too familiar, we can help.

Tackling Greasy Hair

When it comes to tackling greasy hair, getting it right is crucial. If you use the wrong products for your hair type, you risk drying out your locks and ending up with the opposite problem. In addition, you could make the oil much worse, so bookmark these tips to ensure you don’t forget how to get it right first time!

1.      Changing Your Hair Washing Routine

The first step in maintaining grease is to look at your current hair-washing routine. Specifically, how often you wash your hair and which products you use. Whilst there isn’t a blanket recommendation for hair washing, it is typically suggested that you wash it a couple of times per week; however, this will differ for each person. Professionals would never recommend that you wash your hair daily, but many people who suffer from excessive oil will wash it to get rid of the grease to find that it remains even after shampooing. Our hair contains many natural oils, and whilst the right shampoo has its place and is required for healthy hair, too much washing will strip these natural oils and damage hair in the long term.

The best advice we can give is to wait it out and when you do wash it, use an oily hair treatment shampoo. Although your hair may not feel very nice after a day of not washing it, it’s the best thing for your hair's overall health. And, of course, there is always professional dry shampoo to help you out.

O and M dry queen dry shampoo

For example, this is the O&M Dry Queen Dry Shampoo, designed to remove unwanted oils but prevent you from overwashing.

2.      Adapting Your Diet

If you’re looking to give your hair a health kick and tackle greasy locks, one of the best things you can do is adapt your diet. You may not realise it, but what you eat significantly impacts your hair’s health, so swapping out some foods may be the key you’re looking for.

Greasy foods = greasy hair. Unfortunately, some of the yummiest treats negatively impact our hair, so avoiding overly greasy foods too regularly is a great way to avoid excess oil. Instead, increase your intake of fruits, leafy vegetables, and foods rich in vitamins B2 and B6.

3.      Implementing Hair Food Vitamins Into Your Haircare Routine

A great way to ensure your hair gets the right vitamins is to give it some hair food.

Glowwa hair food vitamins

We recommend implementing Glowwa Hair Food Vitamins into your diet as they have an extensive list of benefits, including:

  • An array of natural ingredients, all working to improve hair health
  • 100% plastic-free, ensuring your hair is protected against thinning
  • Proven results from customers worldwide

The award-winning product is now a staple in haircare routines around the globe as it ensures your hair is getting exactly what it needs to remain balanced and healthy.

4.      Choosing Greasy-Hair-Specific Products

It may sound simple, but the next step to tackling greasy hair is to ensure you’re using products intended for greasy hair. Although you might have your favourite shampoo, conditioner, or hair mask, they may not be designed for your hair type, so waving goodbye to them might be the best thing to do. Here at Merritts for Hair, we have a wide range of products for greasy hair, so you can be sure you will find something that suits you here. Here are a few of our favourites:

Mediceuticals Solv-X Shampoo for oily hairNak volume conditionerAlfaparf scalp rebalance gentle exfoliating scrub

5.      Hair Tool Maintenance

Finally, it’s important to recognise that haircare goes far beyond when and how you wash your hair. If you find that implementing vitamins into your diet, changing your hair products, and reducing the number of times you use shampoo still isn’t helping, consider your hair tool maintenance. This means taking your hair tools, such as brushes, combs, and rollers, for example, and regularly washing them and checking to see if they need to be replaced. This is because if you brush through serums or sprays on your hair before drying, you probably have a product build-up on your hairbrush. This means that when you brush your hair when you aren’t applying serums, you’re putting them through your hair again, causing it to appear greasy. Similarly, if you use hair spray when wearing rollers and don’t wash them after use, the old product will eventually build up, giving your hair a greasy look.

Make sure to soak your (non-electrical) hair tools with warm water now and again to ensure you avoid this.

Every product mentioned can be found on our website, so don’t waste any time! Stock up your basket today and begin your journey to a grease-free life.