Greasy hair has been the absolute bane of my life for years! It’s something I still struggle with on a regular basis and I can feel very self-conscious about if my hair is beginning to look greasy. Often I ask whoever I’m with if my hair looks greasy or how greasy does it look on a scale of 1-10 to try and gauge whether it’s okay or not. Over the years, there are some things I’ve found that definitely help to minimise the levels of grease on my head!
Obviously, dry shampoo is an absolute staple for me and I genuinely don’t think I could live without it. I’ve tried to reduce my dependence levels on it over the past few months so that now I try and only
use it on day 3 hair before I wash it the next day. Dry shampoo is just so great to get more volume and a bit of life into your hair whilst also toning down how greasy it looks. It has definitely saved me multiple times and I don’t know how I’d cope with my hair without it!
Greasy Hair Hack 2: Don’t Touch
This is a fairly self-explanatory one as obviously, the more you touch your hair the greasier it will become as you transfer the dirt, grime and oil from other things you’ve touched onto your roots. I fiddle with my hair so much and it’s a terrible habit! You can often gauge how I’m feeling on how I’m twirling it too as the tighter the twist is the more likely I am to be stressed or nervous. However, especially when I’ve just washed my hair I really try and make a conscious effort to not twist or fiddle with it as I know it will reduce its shelf-life and I’ve definitely seen an improvement in my hair’s longevity the less I touch it.
Greasy Hair Hack 3: Dye it
This is quite an extreme option but it is the thing that saves my hair the most. Back in the day when I suffered horrendously with grease, my hairdresser suggested we lighten it and make it blonder to try and help. Essentially, the thought process behind this was that bleach/blonde dye tends to be quite drying so, in theory, it would help. I have to say this is the thing that has made the biggest difference to my hair and I don’t think I could ever go back to my natural colour because of this. As soon as my roots start to come through I struggle with grease a lot more so dying it back to blonde helps to prevent this a lot and make it a lot more manageable. During lockdown, getting to the hairdresser was impossible so I took drastic action and decided to dye it at home in an attempt to keep the grease at bay!
Greasy Hair Hack 4: Waves
For me, I also have very thin and fine hair so when it’s greasy it looks flat to my head and completely lacking in life. For that reason, I wave my hair a lot. Normally, after I wash it and leave it to dry I use my hair waver to breathe more life into it and I find that my hair looks less greasy if it’s waved. If I straighten my hair I tend to find it doesn’t last as long as it seems to be flat to my head and therefore looks greasier quicker. If it’s waved it has more volume and movement to it so I find it looks less greasy and I can get more days out of it.
Greasy Hair Hack 5: Don’t Wash Too Often
I think this is the struggle most people face when dealing with greasy hair. You end up in a cycle of needing to wash it but also needing to build up its resistance and time between washes to get it looking better. I tend to wash mine every 2-3 days depending on social occasions or time I have. It took a while to resist the urge to wash it too often but it is worth it in the end and now I can get a fair few days out of it without having to wash so it’s worth the frustration and perseverance.
Those are my top tips for dealing with greasy hair – it’s such a struggle to get it to last longer but these few things have definitely helped to prolong its life and I’ve seen a difference since doing them!