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Oily hair: What you should know

Oily hair, greasy hair – it’s often considered a sign of uncleanliness, but in reality, a healthy body produces oils to keep hair moisturized and strong.

What causes oily hair?

Hormone fluctuations can affect your body’s oil production, so if you’re breaking out at the same time, they might be the culprit. If your hair is excessively oily, more so than usual, it could be caused by washing too much, or by using harsh shampoos or conditioners on your scalp. These products can sometimes strip your skin of its natural oils, which then causes it to overproduce oil.


If hormones are at play, the best thing you can do is find tactics to reduce the appearance of oiliness. Only condition the ends of your hair and wash less often than you normally do. New hair products could be the culprit, though, and you might need to put those aside and see if it makes a difference.

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