Convinced your hairdo is so greasy you could fry an egg on it? We hear you.
That’s why we’ve called on the best hairdressers in the business to share their ultimate hacks for beating greasy hair once and for all.
If you can’t bear to leave hair unwashed for longer than a day, you’re in luck, because these top tips and tricks will give you the best hair of your life and give you an extra hour in bed. Including one woman’s latest hack to sweep social media. Winning.
1. Choose your shampoo and conditioner carefully
Iain Sallis, founder of Hairmedic and trichologist, says it’s essential to select your shampoo and conditioner carefully. He advises avoiding any shampoo and conditioner labelled with the words: ‘dry’, ‘damaged’, ‘smoothing’ or ‘glossy’.
“They may all just be coating the hair in a fine film, which is good for what it states, but not good if your hair is prone to looking greasy,” he explains. “The coating will add to the oil produced and cause the hair to become dull and oily looking.”
2. What to eat to avoid greasy hair
Mark Woolley, founder of Electric Hair, says your diet can have a direct impact on the condition of your hair, so try to avoid oil in your daily food intake and increase your daily intake of fruit and vegetables.
3. Don’t wash your hair every day
As hard as it may be to resist, the cleaner your hair is, the more it can seep into your glands and the harder it is to get rid of. “If you normally wash your hair everyday, it will take time to adjust to just washing it every few days so you may have to tie it back or wear a headscarf for those in-between days,” says Mark. “However, once your hair adjusts, you will notice a dramatic difference by not washing it everyday.”
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4. Add a purifying shampoo to your beauty arsenal
If you suffer from greasy hair, Mark believes it is more likely down to an oily scalp than oily hair. He says you should consider using a purifying shampoo as this is a deep cleanser and will help remove any excess oil build-up. “Use a purifying shampoo on a weekly basis and follow with your preferred shampoo and conditioner to best suit your hair type,” he said. You could also try taking a hair growth supplement, such as Gold Collagen Hairlift, which nourishes hair from within helping to maintain healthy hair and scalp.
5. The specific amount of shampoo you should use
Jack Merrick Thirlway, senior stylist from Neville, says there’s a specific amount of shampoo you should use to ensure hair doesn’t get too greasy. “When washing the hair, it is very important not to use too much shampoo as it can become heavy on the hair,” he explained. “Generally speaking, a 10 pence piece amount of product is sufficient – and two quick washes rather than one long wash will work better.”
He also stresses that you shouldn’t use water that’s too hot when washing your hair as it will strip the natural oils off the cuticle and the scalp will replace it immediately, leaving hair greasy. “Be sure to cool the water for the last rinse to add shine,” he added.
6. Use apple cider vinegar
This method from popular Facebook sharing only involves two ingredients: water, and apple cider vinegar.
Simply dilute apple cider vinegar in a cup of water, one user advised, and pour it through the hair. Leave for a few minutes et voilà: build-up is banished, and hair is left squeaky clean and 100% grease-free.