What causes one to have oily scalp and greasy follicle hair?

Ever find your hair getting greasy even only through mid-day and having to constantly have your hair tied up to hide it? The root cause of greasy hair is sebum that comes from sebaceous glands, is an oily substance that serves to protect and moisturise the skin. The lack of proper hair care is one of the root causes of overly-greasy hair.


Factors that contribute to oily scalp


Over-shampooing whilst over-massaging your scalp stimulates your sebaceous glands which stimulates excessive oil production in the scalp, making your follicle hair greasy.


Hereditary characteristics such as having oily hair or certain medical conditions that induce the presence of oily hair could be highly likely passed down to offspring.


Humidity in a country like Singapore can cause excess perspiration, dirt, and oil to be clogged up in the hair follicles causing the hair to look greasy.

Hormonal disturbances

Hormonal disturbances such as pregnancy, birth control pills, menopause, puberty and stress can induce a rapid increase in the production of oils in the hair

Excessive usage of hair products

Excessive use of hair products such as hair oils, gels and waxes cause build-up in the hair if not cleansed properly, leading to greasy-looking follicle hair.

Tying of hair

Excessive tying of hair causes built-up of oil in the hair, thus causing too much oil in the scalp.

Vitamin B deficiency

Vitamin B comes from whole grains, meats and eggs, which plays a salient role in the regulation and production of sebum. The lack of vitamin B can induce the overproduction of oils in the hair.


How do we combat greasy hair?

1. Have A Balanced Diet

Studies show that diet affects the production of sebum in the sebaceous glands whereby excessive consumption of dietary fat and carbohydrates can induce excessive sebum production in the hair, causing your hair to be greasy.

2. Increase the frequency of Shampooing

Shampooing allows for collection of dirt and oil accumulated in the hair. It is recommended that hair should be washed every day with a shampoo curated specially for greasy hair.

3. Apple Cider Vinegar

A naturally occurring fungus named malassezia is found on the scalp. However, without proper hair care such as regular washing, it can grow out of control and induce itchiness and greasy scalp which may potentially cause dandruff. With just two to three tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in a cup of water and rubbed into the scalp, you will be able to rid of the fungus, thus decreasing the greasiness in your hair.

4. Condition Hair Sparingly

Hair conditioners can make hair look greasy due to oils that may pile up without thorough washing, hence do not over-condition your hair by applying it on the scalp but only the ends of your hair for nourishment.

5. Baby Powder

Baby Powder acts as an absorbent of oil. By putting some baby powder on your brush and combing through your hair, the oils in your hair are absorbed while giving you a pleasant scent on your hair.

6. Tea Tree

A study showed that antibacterial tea tree oil reduces greasiness, itchiness and dandruff in the scalp as it unclogs your hair follicles and nourishes your hair roots. Use a shampoo that has incorporation of tea tree oil in it to maintain a healthy scalp that does not excessively produce sebum.

7. Egg Yolk Hair Mask

Egg yolks contain high levels of sulfur, allowing relief of dandruff and greasy hair symptoms. You can choose to infuse tea tree oil with beaten egg yolks, and leave it in your hair for a maximum of 20 minutes. Wash your hair thoroughly after which, to achieve a clean and grease-free scalp.

Finally, consider consulting a trichologist to receive a thorough hair examination. A professional hair analysis is a vital first step in properly diagnosing hair loss and scalp problems, as well as possibly identifying certain underlying medical conditions.

Determining the cause of this as early as possible can prevent hairloss problems that come later with prolonged follicle hair damage.


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