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8 Surprising Things That Could Be Making Your Hair Oily

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We know that many of you struggle with having to wash your hair every day because the excess oil is unbearable. But getting to the root of the problemquite literallymakes more sense than battling the beauty affliction. So here are eight things to stop doing because they could be the cause of your greasy hair.

  1. Touching your hair too often

    Like constantly touching your face (which is a whole other beauty blunder in itself) fiddling with your hairflirtatiously or out of boredomtransfers oils from your fingertips to your strands. Also, try and (nicely) discourage your significant other from touching your hair too much in bed. It feels nice, but it doesn't look nice come morning.
  2. Over-washing

    Yes, you wash it to cleanse the grease, but no, it doesn't help. Unfortunately, daily shampooing can strip your scalp of its natural oilsso it produces more in a bid to replace them. Try cutting back on washing your hair to every other day at least, or two to three times a week. Your hair will thank you in the long run.
  3. Over-conditioning

    Be cautious with conditioner. You may be applying a conditioner that's too heavy for your hair type, which can weigh it down. Or you may not be washing it out properlyanother grease-giving culprit. And finally, avoid placing your conditioner all over your hair, focus on the ends to avoid causing oily roots and lank lengths.
  4. Over-brushing

    Brushing your hair too much can stimulate oil production, which at first looks glossy, but soon looks greasy. Again, stick to detangling the lengths and ends if you've got an obsessive hair brushing habit.
  5. Your hairbrush is dirty

    Your hairbrush can harbor all sorts of nastiesbuild-up of stale styling products and dust are only the obvious ones! A clogged brush will transfer these onto the hair, making it feel dirty, so make sure yours is cleaned properly on a regular basis.
  6. Your hairbrush is full of hair

    A hairy brush might not seem like an offender, but if your hair is greasy (which it is, otherwise you wouldn't be reading this) by using a brush clogged with hairs you'll only be transferring grease from old strands back onto your clean hair. Fail.
  7. Applying the wrong products

    You may be choosing styling products that aren't compatible with your hair. Look for lightweight formulas and avoid ones that promise "shine" and "moisture," those would be better suited for dry or dull hair types.
  8. You need to remove the product build-up

    Styling products can cause the scalp and strands to become clogged up. If you're a dry shampoo junkie (like most greasy hair sufferers), you might want to give your locks a detox by using a clarifying shampoo two to four times a month, or a product designed to exfoliate the scalp. It is the gateway to healthy hair, after all.
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