hair à la Jennifer Aniston is one thing but over-shiny hair that looks
greasy is quite another. Getting the balance right has never been easier
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What is greasy hair?
When the sebaceous glands in the scalp produce excess sebum, the hair quickly becomes lank and lifeless. Dark, coarse, springy hair is less likely to appear oily than fine, blonde hair, which tends to lie closer to the scalp. As well as hereditary factors, many women find their hair becomes greasy when hormone levels rise during ovulation, the premenstrual phase or periods of stress. If your hair suffers from excess oil within 36 hours of washing it, you can assume you have greasy hair.
What to avoid if you have greasy hair
Over-conditioning, the use of harsh products and styling products that are not rinsed out completely can cause the hair to become lank, lifeless and greasy. Brushing too frequently can also over-stimulate the sebaceous glands in the scalp. Use a comb rather than a brush when styling and do not touch your hair more than necessary to avoid stimulating the oil glands. Don't wear a hat as that can make the problem worse and make sure your diet includes plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables.
How to style greasy hair
Styling greasy hair can be tricky because the hair lies so flat on the head. First of all, make sure you're using a balancing shampoo and conditioner, which will help combat the excess sebum, and make doubly sure that you rinse them off thoroughly. Opt for volume-boosting styling products that will lift your hair away from your scalp, but remember, less is more - a little ball of mousse worked into the roots or a small finger-scoop of texture-building putty is enough to hold your style in place all day. As a general rule, avoid shine-enhancing serums and gels.