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Things That Make Your Scalp More Greasy!

By Kumutha

The pain of having to wash your hair, every second day, to keep the grease from weighing down your hair is real!

We figured it makes more sense to get to the root of the problem than fighting it aimlessly. Learn about unconscious or conscious things we do that make our scalp greasy. And tweak those habits to get on our way to a healthy scalp.

Fact Check: Grease in your scalp is mostly accumulated dirt and natural hair oil. It is this natural oil that protects your hair against outside elements, stimulates hair follicles and nourishes hair strands.

Now, your objective is to cleanse your scalp of the accumulated dirt, unclog pores and CONTROL natural oil production. Not strip the scalp of its natural oils.

Basically, restore the pH balance of the scalp and maintain a healthy environment for your mane to grow.

So far, we were under the impression that things like humid weather, not washing hair enough, etc., causes the oil to build up.

However, surprisingly, there reasons for greasy scalp that extend beyond these hair care rituals. Have a look.

Over Washing

One the contrary, repeated washing of the hair does more damage than any good. Washing hair strips scalp of its natural oil. The sweat glands go on an overdrive producing more oils to compensate for the lost oil, making your hair greasy.

Touching Hair

Another thing you should not do if you have oily hair is to touch your mane too much. Just like your skin, when you touch your hair too much, oil and bacteria from your hand gets transferred to your scalp, making it greasy.

Using A Lot of Conditioner

The more conditioner you use, the better it is for your hair, right? Wrong! Using too much of a conditioner or not rinsing it out thoroughly, will weigh down your hair, making it limp and greasy. Furthermore, never apply conditioner on your scalp and use it only on hair ends.

Wrong Shampoo

One of the prime culprits behind oil buildup is using the wrong shampoo. If you have coloured hair, use a shampoo that is specifically designed for coloured hair. Similarly, for greasy hair, pick a shampoo that works well with your hair texture and type to avoid more oil buildup.

Overdoing Hair Spray

Hair spray keeps your style intact, prevents frizzy hair and keeps annoying fly-aways at bay. But what it also does is chock hair follicles with harsh chemicals, which can either trigger hair loss or make your scalp greasy.

Dirty Hairbrush

Just like your makeup brush, take two minutes of your time to clean your hair brush, every once in a while. Even though it looks clean, it is probably a major carrier of dirt, bacteria, dead skin cells and oil,which eventually get transferred onto your scalp, making it more greasy.


Stress is the harbinger of unhealthy skin, greasy scalp and hair loss. Stress disrupts the hormonal balance of your body, which in turn causes your scalp to produce more oil, making your hair greasy.

Story first published: Friday, October 14, 2016, 18:25 [IST]