09 Jun 6 Ways Guys Can Fix Greasy Hair
Having on-point hair takes a lot of work. Between finding the right cut, determining your best neckline and avoiding all manner of potential grooming sins, among other concerns, your plate’s pretty full with regard to keeping up an impeccably handsome mane. So it can be a real bummer when, with everything else you’re already attending to, grease decides to make an impromptu appearance gracing your locks, dragging them down to the point that styling becomes almost impossible. For just those occasions, we’ve rounded-up six tricks to unslick your mop, so that you can get back to looking fresh, despite oil’s best efforts to the contrary.
Tweak Your Shower Routine
It makes sense that you might want to hop into the shower the minute your grease situation gets out of hand. But before you do, there are some things you should know. First off, while shampoo may be your best friends in the short term, overdoing it may actually lead to your slick situation recurring more and more frequently. Stripping away follicles’ natural oils, shampoo can actually cause the scalp to overcompensate by bulking up production, so reducing how often you shampoo may in fact solve the problem.
Give Dry Shampoo A Go
Imagine you spilled some oil while cooking dinner. Before breaking out the soap and water, you’re going to use paper towels to try to absorb as much of the mess as you can, right? Well, that’s exactly the concept behind dry shampoo: it’s designed to absorb grease and oil when applied, leaving hair with a clean, matte finish between washes. We recommend Shampure Dry Shampoo.
Wipe Away the Grease
You know those thin paper-like sheets that you’ve got stowed in your briefcase to make sure your face doesn’t break out? Well, you might have realized this, but they don’t particularly care where the oil they’re absorbing is coming from—whether it’s your skin or you locks, they’re still going to suck it up indiscriminately. So, if you find yourself in a particularly greasy pinch and all other options are off the table, give your roots a swipe with one of these bad boys. It’s admittedly not a particularly efficient fix, but desperate times, as they say.
Avoid Added Shine
It’s in your best interest to avoid certain products that are only going to make grease more apparent, specifically those designed to boost your mane’s natural shine factor. (Out-of-control shine is your whole complaint right now, after all.) Instead, opt for sprays, pomades and creams that tout leaving a matte finish, which may very well help to balance you out.
Step Away From The Heat
Don’t get us wrong, we love a good blow dryer. But when oil becomes an issue, the fact of the matter is that using hot air to dry you ‘do can actually add to the situation at hand. That’s because, as anyone who’s ever sweat on a hot summer day can attest, heat encourages an increase of oil production, and that applies just as much to the skin on your scalp as it does elsewhere. Thus, if you’ve noticed an uptick in grease lately, then it might not be a bad idea to leave your blow dryer under the sink for the foreseeable future.
Do Not Touch
We all have our vices. Some of us bite our nails, others compulsively run their hands their hands through their hair. And while the latter may seem innocuous enough, especially compared to the grossness of the former, it does have its drawbacks, especially if you’re already prone to slicked locks. You see, when you constantly mess with your mane, oil and dirt on your fingers can transfer to your hair, making matters worse.