For something that grows naturally, hair sure requires a lot of care. You need to brush it, wash it, cut it, protect it from sun, heat, and chemical damage; not to mention the actual styling it requires if you want it to look good. With all the hassle, it seems like your hair should just be nice to you and do what you want, yet it continues to rebel. One of its worst characteristics: getting greasy. And dealing with greasy hair is definitely not fun.
Just like your skin, hair produces oil that can leave an unsightly sheen. We’ve all woken up after a few days without shampoo to a greasy bedhead that is less than appealing. It would seem that the solution would be to wash it – but not only does washing your hair take time, washing it too much can actually encourage your hair to produce more oil, leading it to get even greasier faster rather than staying clean longer. Washing your hair less can lead to healthier hair in the long run, but in the meantime, no one wants to suffer through those greasy hair days. Fortunately, there are a lot of quick fixes to correct greasy hair that don’t involve shampoo and conditioner. Want to make your strands look less stringy? Check out these tips now.
Absorb Grease With Face SheetsThere have always been products on the shelves for oily faces, and you can use at least one of them for oily hair. The oil-absorbing face wipes that can be carried around in your bag can also be used to soak up the grease in your hair. Just pat them against your roots and greasy ends when you're in a pinch. Image source: iStock
Use Mousse On Dry HairYou might only think to use mousse on wet, freshly washed hair, but it can also be used on dry (oily) hair to give it a lift—just work it in like you normally would, and use a blow dryer to style. Image source: iStock
Rub In Hand SanitizerHand sanitizer contains alcohol for killing germs, and just like perfume, it'll dry out the grease in your hair. Image source: iStock
Mold It Into Beach WavesWho needs perfect hair when tousled beach waves are all the rage? Use your hair's natural grease to your advantage; just add some salt spray to combine with the oils and transform your hair into cute and casual waves. Image source: iStock
Use Wet WipesSame concept as perfume and hand sanitizer—the germ-killing ingredients in wet wipes will suck the moisture out of your hair and leave it grease-free. Just beware of drying it out too much! Image source: iStock
Spray PerfumeNot only will perfume mask any unwashed-hair smells, the alcohol content can actually help dry the grease. Don't turn this into your daily routine, though, as too much alcohol can be damaging to your hair. Image source: iStock
Hide It With Hair AccessoriesWho needs a hack when you have a hat? Or a headband, head scarf, bandana, bow, hair clip—even sunglasses on top of your head will distract from the real problem. Rock the style and no one will even know why you're hiding your hair. Image source: iStock
Use Dry ShampooIf you haven't experienced the magic that is dry shampoo, you've been missing out. Once everyone realized you really don't have to wash your hair every day to keep it clean, practically every hair care brand made their own can of the stuff. And it actually works - sometimes, on my worst days, I use two different brands of dry shampoo to really get rid of grease. Image source: iStock
Use Baby PowderBefore we were all #blessed with the healing powers of dry shampoo, baby powder was a go-to solution for oily strands. While I personally prefer dry shampoo for the added benefits of volume and scent, if you want to stick with the basics, then baby powder works. Just be careful if you have dark hair - the powder doesn't blend easily into roots. Image source: iStock
Use Dry Shampoo PasteOne drawback of dry shampoo and baby powder is the white powder it can leave behind in your hair, which can be especially visible if you have dark tresses. Enter: dry shampoo paste. There have been rave reviews for R+Co's new dry shampoo paste—the formula combines dry shampoo powder with a paste-like styling gel, so you work the formula into your hair with your fingers instead of spraying it on, which eliminates the powdery residue left by many sprays. Image source: iStock
Absorb Grease With Paper TowelsWe all have those days when we don't put 100 percent effort into getting ready in the morning. If you ever get to school before you realize you're sporting greasy roots, one quick fix is using paper towels to absorb the grease. While it's not as effective as oil-absorbing face sheets, you can layer chunks of hair between paper towels and blot away. If this less-than-perfect method doesn't work, keep a travel-size bottle of dry shampoo in your locker. Image source: iStock
Use A Homemade Spray SolutionYou can DIY with a solution of corn starch, rubbing alcohol, and water. Dry shampoo without the powder. Image source: iStock
Stop Washing Your HairGiant step toward fixing your greasy hair problem: stop washing it so much! Excess washing actually strips your hair of its natural healthy oils and promotes the production of grease. Limit your shampooing and conditioning and your hair will naturally begin to stay grease-free longer. Image source: iStock
Do you have greasy hair? How do you deal with it? Which tip have you tried? Let us know in the comments.