How to Stop Greasy Hair for Men

3rd September 2020

Greasy hair can be a source of frustration for many men and can sometimes seem hard to avoid or get rid of. Having oil in your hair is a completely natural process and helps to keep hair healthy and prevents it from drying out. 

However, this oil known as sebum can build up over time and make hair look greasy and dirty. This excess oil is caused by numerous different reasons which can be related to your hair care routine, diet or a hereditary problem. 

At Cutter’s Yard, we understand that you want to look and feel your best. Here are our top recommendations and tips for greasy hair. 

Stop washing your hair every day

The most common cause of greasy hair is over-washing it. When suffering from oily hair, it’s natural to want to wash it every day. But this, in fact, causes more oil production and only makes it greasier.

To break this cycle, we recommend only washing your hair 2-3 times per week. The best shampoo for greasy hair is one that is ‘clarifying’ or specifically designed for oily hair to deeply cleanse and get rid of any dirt or impurities. 

Shampoos that contain tea tree and menthol are also good for the skin and help to reduce oil. If you usually condition your hair every week, we suggest taking it easy and only using a small amount and opting for a light-weight product. 

Choose your styling products wisely

When suffering from greasy hair, you will want to avoid using too many products that will weigh your hair down. Avoid using any hair products that contain shine elements or oils as they will only make your hair look more oily. 

Alternatively, opt for a light-weight pomade to achieve your desired hairstyle. To keep hair looking fresh between washes, you can also use a dry shampoo. It can also help to volumize and thicken hair, but make sure you don’t overdo it!

Stop touching your hair

It’s natural to want to touch your hair throughout the day, but it’s also one of the most common causes for greasy hair. You can easily have oil residue or dirt on your hands which is then transferred to your hair.

Touching your hair constantly can also stimulate more oil production. So, try to avoid this where possible or make sure you wash your hands properly before touching. 

Avoid brushing your hair too much

When you brush your hair, you are stimulating the oil glands to produce more oil. So, it’s important to only brush it when necessary. 

For men with longer hair, we suggest gently combing the ends and avoiding the scalp if possible. As soon as you stop doing this, you will notice a difference.

Take a look at your lifestyle

Your hair is a reflection of your total health, so eating unhealthy foods and a lack of exercise could be contributing to your greasy hair. It’s best to eat fresh and healthy foods and avoid refined carbohydrates and saturated fats, which can increase your skin’s oil production. 

It’s recommended to include foods with zinc, vitamin B and E and monounsaturated fats in your diet and drink plenty of water. 

Identify what could be causing the problem for you

Before trying out any of our recommendations, it’s important to think about what could be causing the issue for you. It may be worth identifying if oily hair and skin run in the family, as you will be more likely to be vulnerable to the same condition.

If you notice any inflammation or flaking on your scalp, it could be that you have an untreated skin condition which is causing excess oil production. In this case, you should consult a Dermatologist. 

A unique barbering experience at Cutter’s Yard

For any further advice on how to prevent greasy hair, our expert barbers will be pleased to assist you and recommend suitable products. 

At Cutter’s Yard, we believe that every gentleman who walks through the door deserves only the best of barbering and grooming. Book an appointment with us at London Bridge or Southwark now.