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Oily scalps and what to do about them

The easiest routine to follow for grease-free locks

Oily Greasy Hair

3 min read

Oily scalp problems getting you down? There's nothing more irritating than feeling like you're constantly having to wash your hair every day to keep it looking fresh. If you're looking for some simple and easy-to-follow oily scalp treatment advice, you've come to the right place.

There are a few reasons that someone might develop a greasy scalp. For some, it's simply hereditary and you may just have naturally overreactive sebaceous glands, which produce more sebum (oil) than usual. Other common causes include scalp redness other common causes of redness, a poor diet and hormonal changes. We have some bad news for the guys too unfortunately, as men's scalps produce up to 60% more sebum than women's, making them particularly susceptible to having an oily scalp. 

How to care for an oily scalp

When it comes to oily scalp treatments, following a good hair care routine can help to counteract excessive oil production. Read on for our top tips for controlling oil and maintaining a healthy scalp

Use a shampoo for oily scalps

Using the right shampoo and conditioner can go a long way in helping bring your oily scalp under control. Looking for a shampoo for oily scalp? We recommend the CLEAR Superfresh Apple Anti-dandruff Shampoo, which purifies grease and impurities to leave hair feeling clean and fresh. Conditioning your hair is equally important, as you don't want to have an oily scalp with dry hair at the ends. Ensure to use a lightweight, moisturising conditioner that won't weigh down your hair and apply only to the ends of your hair.

When to wash your hair

If you find your hair gets oily very quickly, we'd suggest washing your hair in the morning rather than at night. Your scalp will continue to produce oil as you sleep, so by the time you wake up your hair may already be starting to look a bit greasy. It might mean waking up a little earlier, but it'll be worth it to start your day with fresh strands.

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How often to wash your hair

Oily scalp and dry hair occurs when your roots are greasy but your lengths and ends are dry. This is a common problem for people with oily hair, as washing your hair too much or having chemical damage to your hair via colouring or perming can leave your ends parched and feeling stripped of moisture. We recommend to wash your hair according to the condition of your hair and scalp. Our hero product for getting us through those non-wash days is dry shampoo. Dry shampoo is one of our favourite oily scalp remedies as it's great at soaking up excess oils and adding an instant volume boost on non-wash days. If you do decide to use dry shampoo to extend your look, just be sure to use a deep cleansing shampoo, like CLEAR Men Deep Cleanse Anti-Dandruff Shampoo, on your wash days. This will help remove any leftover oil and product build-up that may have accumulated.

How to wash oily hair

  1. First, wet your hair thoroughly.
  2. Apply your chosen shampoo for oily scalp. Lather up, focusing on your roots where the grease is at its worst. Top tip: Be gentle - scrubbing too hard can irritate your scalp and stimulate even more oil production.
  3. If your hair is especially greasy, repeat the previous step again.
  4. Smooth conditioner through the ends of your strands, rinse and style. CLEAR conditioner can even be applied on scalp. And there you have it, by following these simple tips you should be able to keep your oily scalp in check and have that fresh look every day!