Most people struggle with greasy hair between washes or after a session at the gym, but for some of us it's a constant battle, and it feels like your only weapons are constant hair washing, or more dry shampoo than one human should ever need.
Greasy hair can affect you more during times of stress, during puberty, and also during ovulation - which is why medical conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome can make greasy hair worse as well. However, whatever the cause of your oiliness, there are solutions out there, and you don't have to put up with it any more.
We spoke to Anabel Kingsley, trichologist at Philip Kingsley, to get to grips with grease and learn how to get rid of greasy hair once and for all... and we bet at least a couple of her tips will surprise you!
Exfoliate your scalpNope, we didn't know this was a thing either - but apparently it can make a big difference to the overall appearance of your hair. According to Anabel, you should use an exfoliating scalp mask, like the Philip Kingsley Exfoliating Scalp Mask, once a week, to remove dead skin cells and to help keep your scalp in optimal condition. 'Again, zinc is an excellent ingredient to look for as it helps to control sebum (oil) production,' she says.
Get your hair washing schedule rightHow often you should wash your hair depends from person to person. 'People with naturally fine hair tend to get greasy hair faster than those with other hair textures. This is because individuals with fine hair have more hairs per square centimetre - and each hair has a sebaceous (oil) gland attached to it. As a result, the scalp produces more oils,' says Anabel.
'It's okay to shampoo daily, but insufficient rinsing out of shampoo can make your hair look dull and feel heavy so be sure to rinse until the water runs clear.'
And choose the right shampoo...'If your hair is dry and fine or dry and medium textured, do not swap out your regular shampoo and conditioner for overly heavy ones,' Anabel advises. 'This is likely to make your strands look oily and flat.' She suggests addressing dryness and brittleness with an intensive pre-shampoo conditioner instead.
'As these are left on the hair for long enough to penetrate, with any excess residue then being washed away, they add intensive moisture without weighing the hair down.'