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The slick of it: Why your hair is oily and how to ditch that greasy feeling

As with many things in life, the look and feel of your hair is all about balance. Think of it like pizza (just stay with us for a second). You need a certain amount of grease and oil to make the best slice. The same goes for your beautiful locks. Your body produces a certain oil on your scalp called sebum. This helps keep your hair hydrated and looking beautiful and shiny. BUT, there can be too much of a good thing. If your body produces too much sebum, it can build up on your follicles, leaving a greasy, oily feeling and also potentially causing the dreaded dandruff.

So, now that you know what brings the grease, it's time to dig into how to fix oily hair. 🙌

Lift your hair care game

Many haircare issues can be nipped in the bud by adding a few new products to your self care and hygiene routines. Luckily for you, there's a range of oily hair products built to dry up the slicks in and around your scalp.


The best shampoos for oily hair help your body sort out its sebum production. Find a quality rebalancing shampoo like the scalp rebalance purifying low shampoo from Alfaparf Milano Semi Di Lino  that helps your hair stay nourished and full of life without the greasy, flaky feeling of too much or too little oil creation. And if you're in a pinch, a dry shampoo can also help soak up and break down extra oil.

Similarly, you'll want to use a conditioner that's primary role is to provide that silky, shiny look and bounce without pumping up the sebum. But, with both oily hair shampoo and conditioner, DON'T OVERDO IT. Washing and conditioning your hair too much can cause your body to actually create more sebum, which is bad news for the fight against greasy hair.


And, finally, remember that tonic is much more than a tasty partner for gin. Energising scalp tonic is a nice, easy addition to your haircare lineup that you put on before or after your shower. Try Alfaparf Milano Semi Di Lino scalp renew energizing tonic and see how you go. You don't even have to rinse it out – you just let it do its thing. This can help promote healthy hair growth without that greasy, oily feeling.


Watch when you wash

In case you somehow missed the caps lock above, washing and conditioning your hair too much can actually increase your greasy, oily scalp issues. But there are some times you probably shouldn't skip a nice, deep clean with your trusty products. One of the most common is after workouts, when sweat can spread the oil around your hair and scalp. The other is after you've had your head covered by a hat, helmet or head scarf. Covering up your head traps heat and oil, which is a no-no if you want to avoid oily, greasy hair.

Brush with care

Brushing and combing your hair is not only key to getting the look you love, but also for removing some of the icky dead skin and other debris that sits atop your pretty little head. But mindlessly using your brush or comb can actually make your oily, greasy hair problem even worse. That's because your tool of choice can drag the excess oil up and down your 'do. Not brushing or combing isn't an option – so what do you do? Keep your brush and comb clean, that's what. Washing with shampoo will break down the oils and other gunk that builds up on your equipment, just like it does in your hair. Do this on a regular basis (just make it a habit to do it each time you wash your hair) and you'll be right.


Work/life. Sweet/savoury. Walking on a tightrope. These are all things that require balance. So, too, does your scalp. Regulating sebum production, and its effects, with the right oily hair shampoos, conditioners and tonics and minding the rest of your cleaning routine can be the keys to losing that sticky, slicky look and feel you hate. Let Oz Hair & Beauty help you get started on the road to hair recovery today.