Did you know that over-washing your hair could be one of the reasons it looks greasy? No, right? We neither. But, it’s actually true! A few cleansing and styling mistakes can leave your hair looking like an oily mess. And the answer doesn’t lie in using tons of dry shampoo or heavy styling products such as waxes, creams and gels.
If you want to keep excess oiliness at bay, then all you need to do is tweak your hair care routine, and good hair days are guaranteed to follow. Here are 5 mistakes you’re probably making that are weighing your hair down and making it more greasy than it should be.
- Mistake #01: Shampooing too often or too little
- Mistake #02: Applying conditioner incorrectly
- Mistake #03: Washing hair with hot water
- Mistake #04: Using a straightener too often
- Mistake #05: Brushing your hair frequently
Mistake #01: Shampooing too often or too little
Now, shampooing too often and too little are both equal concerns. When you don’t shampoo enough, dead skin cells, oil and debris build up on the scalp causing your hair to weigh down. And, when you shampoo too often, you tend to strip the scalp of its natural oils which in turn produces more oil to replenish the lost oil. It is, therefore, ideal to shampoo your hair every two days if you have a healthy scalp. If your scalp is fragile and prone to thinning, then shampoo every other day.
Mistake #02: Applying conditioner incorrectly
Each time you shampoo your hair, make sure to follow it up with conditioner. Conditioner is what keeps your hair healthy, moisturised and tangle-free. However, conditioning your hair the right way is extremely important. If you apply conditioner on your scalp or to the roots, your hair will end up looking greasy. Your scalp already produces natural oils, applying conditioner will just add to the oily woes. Always focus the conditioner on the lower half of your strands, from mid-shaft to ends.
Mistake #03: Washing hair with hot water
Showering with hot water especially in the winter months can feel heavenly, no doubt. However, it’s not the best option for the health of your tresses. Just like the skin on your body, your scalp skin too can become dry with overexposure to hot water, resulting in overproduction of natural oils to compensate. It’s best to stick to warm or lukewarm water and end your rinse with cold water to increase shine and reduce frizz.
Mistake #04: Using a straightener too often
If you love your flat irons, we’ve got bad news for you! Straighteners can make your hair look greasier than they actually are. When you straighten your hair, it lies flat and closer to the scalp. This way, it comes in contact with more oil, making your hair look oilier all over. Therefore, either put down your flat irons if you’re dealing with excess greasiness or limit the use of heat-styling tools altogether.
Mistake #05: Brushing your hair frequently
Brushing your hair 100 strokes per day keeps it healthy and gorgeous is the biggest hair myth ever. In fact, brushing frequently stimulates more oil production which in turn makes your hair look oilier. The best time to brush your hair is before going in for a wash or while conditioning your strands. While brushing before a wash, ensure that the bristles of your hairbrush are touching your scalp. This will help to lift up product buildup and dead skin from the scalp.