The 2016 runways may have showcased wet and dewy looks that included greased-up, wet-looking hair, but in actuality, the spring/summer runways may be the only time and place for greasy hair. Having occasional greasy hair may be inevitable when trying to keep your hair healthy (which involves skipping shampoo every now and then), but when it comes down to it, nobody wants their hair to look (or feel) dirty!
Unfortunately, during the summer, your skin goes into oil-production overdrive – and yes, that applies to your scalp, too. Styling products (even dry shampoo) and overdoing it on conditioner can also contribute to greasy buildup that winds up weighing down strands and making them look dull.
Want to learn how to deal? We've giving you everything you need to know about greasy hair (and how to get rid of it!).
HOW DOES GREASY HAIR HAPPEN?
Believe it or not, the most common reason that someone has an oily or greasy scalp is the simple fact that he or she is genetically prone to it. Hormonal imbalances can also play a role in giving you greasy hair, and very often an oily, greasy scalp is accompanied by facial acne, and vice versa.
There are also some environmental elements that can exacerbate greasy hair. Exercising (as you sweat more, your skin produces more sebum), warm weather (again, more sweat) and overdoing it on styling products can all play a role. Another sneaky contributor? Your hands. Every time you touch your hair, your fingers are adding more oil to it – so stop touching your hair! And if you must, use a hair brush to diffuse oil. A bristle brush will break up dead skin cells at the scalp, move oil along the lengths of your strands for shine, and stimulate blood flow to your scalp.
HOW TO GET RID OF IT
The first course of action if you're looking to ward off greasy hair, is the obvious one. Dandruff and clarifying shampoos can help, as well as masks that absorb excess oil. Dry shampoos are also a great way to combat grease, as they not only absorb oil and cleanse, but also add body and volume, which is great for oily hair as it tends to go limp.
HOW TO STYLE IT
If you don't have time to wash your hair and just brushing it or dry shampooing it doesn't seem to be working, use the greasiness to your advantage. Pull your hair back into a sleek ponytail or braid – it'll likely hold better! If you don't feel comfortable with any of these options, use accessories, instead. Try a wide-brimmed hat or a headband to pull focus and cover up at the roots.