How To Treat Oily And Greasy Hair

What causes greasy hair? From dry shampoo to conditioner hacks, L’Oréal Paris explains how to combat oily hair in this guide. Discover more!

Oily and greasy hair can be a real source of frustration, but what can you do about it? It’s a question many of us have asked at one time or another, but fortunately, there are some solutions to try.

It’s worth knowing what causes greasy hair first, before working out if there’s anything you can change in your routine to make your hair less greasy. Finally, you may want to consider a shampoo and conditioner specially designed for greasy hair. For all the information you need on the above and more, read our handy guide to oily hair treatment.


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What causes greasy hair?

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As a general rule, the finer your hair is, the quicker it can get greasy, as there’s less hair to absorb the natural oils your scalp produces. Sebum, a substance consisting of natural oils, is naturally produced by your scalp, helping to protect your locks, keep them healthy, and make sure there’s the right amount of moisture. However, it can build up over time and make your hair feel uncomfortably greasy and oily.

But the causes of greasy hair don’t end there. Everything from hormones and changes in the environment to headwear and even the type of hair products you use can encourage or speed up the appearance of greasy and oily hair. As a result, there are ways to reduce the chance of greasy hair beforehand, as well as treating it when it arrives.


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Tips on how to treat oily hair

One potential oily hair treatment is to use a dry shampoo, like our Dream Lengths Air Volume Cleansing Dry Shampoo. Giving long-lasting volume and an airy clean feeling for up 24 hours*, it keeps your hair feeling clean and soft with a fragrant scent – not greasy!
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You should also be careful not to use too much conditioner, or too much of an oil-based product. While we might decide to use a hair oil when we see our strands getting a little dry, make sure that you keep it away from your scalp for best results. With conditioner and oil-based products, it’s best to only apply them to the ends. 

Likewise, changing the shampoo you use could become part of your greasy hair treatment. For example, moisturising shampoos certainly aren’t ideal, while even washing your hair every day could be making it more oily. 

It might sound a little obvious, but it’s worth avoiding playing with or excessively touching your hair and ensure that you’re not using any dirty brushes. You risk spreading sebum through your hair or encouraging your scalp to produce more.

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The best shampoo and conditioner for greasy hair

 We know which shampoos and conditioners aren’t so great to use on greasy and oily hair, but which are best to go for? How do you find the best shampoo for oily hair?

That’s where L’Oreal Paris Extraordinary Clay Re-Balancing Shampoo and Conditioner come in. Containing three refined clays, this shampoo and conditioner re-balances your hair to make it look and feel great. Just apply our best shampoo for greasy hair onto wet hair as you would normally, and then massage it gently into your scalp before rinsing. Then, you can simply apply the conditioner onto your hair, with a focus on the mid-lengths and ends rather than your roots, before rinsing again and getting your dream nourished hair.

After shampooing, you could also try using Dream Lengths Wonder Water. Transforming your hair in just eight seconds, the rinse-out hair treatment should be applied to wet hair on the lengths and ends, rather than the scalp, giving a glassy shine and a lightweight silky touch. Simply apply, massage for 8 seconds, rinse out and blow dry for best results.

If you’re looking for the best hair products for your locks, why not take a look at Elvive’s full range, or check out our Extraordinary Clay range? You might find exactly what you’re looking for.

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