Causes for oily hair

causes for oily hair

I’ve been asked many times which are the causes for oily hair and why do some people have this hard to keep type of hair. Well…it’s quite a long story.

There are a lot of people dealing with this problem,right? As far as I’m concerned, I think it’s the number 1 problem people have when it comes to hair. It gets greasy one or two days after you wash it,and the only thing you can do is washing it again,and again…and again.  So the question is, is there any cure for oily hair or you’ll just have to fight with it all your life?

WHAT IT MEANS: There is a story going around that has a blaming tendency: if you eat fast-food, your hair will become oily. So, according to this, if your hair gets greasy the next day after you wash it, it’s just your fault!causes for oily hair

That’s exactly what a friend of mine was told a few months ago… She wasn’t even the type that ate out very often, and even if she was, connecting fast-food with greasy hair seems a big absurdity to me! The only possible situation I could ever imagine would be eating a dish of french fries, not washing your hands and then running your hands through your hair. Else, I don’t possibly know how could food influence the sebum production.

A COMMON CAUSE: This would probably be genetic heritage. If people from your family were dealing with this problem, it is very likely you’ll have to deal with it too.

A MEDICAL CAUSE: Some say that higher sebum production is related to hormonal problems, or a wrong medical treatment for a certain condition. To be honest, I don’t actually think this is true… From what I’ve seen, most people have oily hair simply because…. they do. There’s no reason for it. They could simply have normal hair, they just have it oily. Maybe it’s because we’re all so different from one another, and this makes the world such a beautiful place. Or maybe there is just no explanation for it. I take upon me the fact that I don’t have any answer to this question 😀

causes for oily hairWHAT TO DO: Of course, as I said before, there is always something to do about it. There are a lot of products specially made for oily hair. There are also a lot of natural home-made hair masks, which, used for a larger period, could decrease the sebum production. The most important part, though, is that the results depend very much from person to person, so if a product made a miracle for your friend, it may not be as effective in your case. The key is just to try.

Also, if you want to see some tips that might help you hair stay oil free for longer time, you can check this great article about Keeping hair from getting greasy on Wikihow.

WHAT I WOULD DO: I admit I have never had too much to deal with greasy hair. Maybe only when I was little, when my actual curls were long, very thin strands that didn’t even look decently.

Things have changed, though, and now I don’t remember seeing my hair getting oily lately, but I do have a lot of friend who are always complaining about this. I was actually thinking, it’s absolutely impossible to talk to friends about hair and not to hear the “oily hair” problems, really. Absolutely impossible!p12

My friend has been trying some homeopathic products which she claimed to be very good. Not miraculous, just very good. This means that it will not make your hair drier from the first use, but it will make it so after a few weeks of usage. I also know people who have tried specially-designed products and they were very satisfied with it.

RESULTS: They vary very much from person to person, but generally, you should see a little improvement after 2 or 3 weeks of using the product.

What things do you use for oily hair? Do they have any effect or would you like to try something else? I am preparing a post about some of the oily hair products that I’ve heard the best things about, so if you’re interested, keep following my blog 🙂

8 thoughts on “Causes for oily hair

  1. Thanks for your review on oily hair. It’s great that there are things to do in order to prevent it. I’ve never heard about that thing with fast food and hair relation, but it’s good to know that it doesn’t have anything to do with oily hair.

    Do you think it’s good to wash your oily hair pretty often or not? Because there are different theories.

    • Hey, as far as I believe you can wash it every two-three days, if it’s necessary of course. I wouldn’t wash it everyday, because it’s a really waste of time (in my opinion) and it also have higher chances of getting even oilier. But this depends, I can’t 100% guarantee because it’s different from person to person. So I say you should wash it when it’s necessary 🙂

  2. I think the best solution is not to wash it often and let the balance restore. The oil will correct itself in time if you let nature takes its course.
    However, that’s not easy to do when you have to go to work with greasy hair all week haha.
    I still wash mine every other day.
    Would you recommend any products, what is the one called your friend uses?

    • Hi Amanda. It definitely depends, I know people who tried washing their hair more rarely and it was useless, they still had oily hair one day after washing. So I guess it depends, but it’s worth trying, for sure 🙂

      One of the shampoo I would recommend you is the one for oily hair from Maple Holistics, a natural company, you can find it here I will write a post soon about some oily hair shampoo, in case you’re interested 😉

  3. Well, if you’re been approached by lots of people with the same questions, I don’t see why it’s not a number 1 problem because clearly, it’s a serious issue.

    Although I eat fast-food from time to time, it’s not something I’m not familiar with oily hair. It’s fair to say I suppose.

    I do find sensible that there’s no perfect product which is a treatment for everyone because different people have different reaction and hair type I should say.

    Great info by the way! Nice sharing with us!

    • Hey, I’m glad you find it useful 🙂 Yes, any product’s effect depends very much, so I can’t really say something is working 100% for someone. Though it would be great if it would. Thanks for reading my post 🙂

  4. I used to have this problem when I was younger and as you say the natural reaction is to wash your hair more often – although this actually makes it worse as it activates the oil in your scalp causing it to produce more. So, I was advised to only wash my hair once a week. At first this was of course disgusting as my hair was so greasy, however I kept with it and my hair became less and less greasy as time went by. Now I can get away with washing my hair once a week and my hair will not be greasy until maybe the fifth day (and then I just use Baptiste which is brilliant dry shampoo to freshen it up). Problem solved 🙂

    • Wow, this is great news! So this thing with washing your hair more rarely works actually, now I have the official confirmation. I’ve never tried Baptiste shampoo, but from what you’ve told me I might consider trying it in the future.

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