What Your Greasy Hair Really Means

There’s nothing worse than waking up the day after you’ve washed your hair to lank, greasy roots. If you’ve ever experienced this you’ll know exactly what we mean. But there may well be an underlying reason your hair gets greasy so quickly. This week we're exploring the top reasons why you have greasy roots and how to get your hair tip top super quick.


Stress really can play havoc on your body and it’s the same with your hair. When you’re stressed your body releases cortisol which is it’s way of protecting you (think prehistoric fight or flight response). This means your body consumes glucose faster and cuts any non-essential functions. Unfortunately it also means your body ramps up it’s sebum or oil production adding grease to your skin and causing breakouts (hence why people often get a timely bout of acne when they’ve got a lot on their plate).

While we all know stress isn’t good for us it’s hard especially now with Covid etc. to find space and time to destress but scheduling some time even just to go for a walk or take a bath will work wonders on your cortisol levels and in turn, your greasy roots.


Believe it or not but pillowcases are like a magnet for oil and dirt. To avoid greasy locks you want to be changing your pillow case once a week and if you can go one further and even change the material from cotton to silk you’ll absolutely see benefits.


When are hormones are imbalanced we can have a multitude of symptoms with one these being greasy hair. The production of sebum can go into overdrive – seen particularly during menstruation and pregnancy. However, an overproduction of oil can also be a sign of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) with other symptoms beings acne, weight gain, and irregular periods. If you feel this may sound familiar it’s definitely worth checking in with your G.P and getting checked.


When your hairs feeling greasy you may have an urge to really scrub that grease out but in fact this could result in even more oil. Your hair’s oil glands are triggered to release extra sebum when they feel your hair drying out so if you over wash you may end up stripping your hairs natural rhythm and then your oil glands end up overworking to compensate. If you suffer from oil roots it may be worth trying a little dry shampoo on alternate days to see if this helps reset your scalps natural rhythm.

Another great way to rebalance your scalp is with a weekly scalp scrub as this removes product build-up that can suffocate your oil glands resulting in that excess sebum production. By using a clarifying scrub like Our Purifying Scalp Scrub you can ensure you scalp is clear of build-up and your natural pH levels are optimised for a healthy hair environment.

You also want to look at what ingredients are in your shampoo and conditioner. If they contain any sulphates, parabens or SLS then you may want to think about ditching these for something more nourishing on your scalp.


If your diet is poor, this will absolutely contribute to the quality of your skin and hair. Greasy food absolutely contributes to greasy skin and hair.

However, it can also be a sign of an intolerance to something. If you’re sensitive to things like dairy, you might experience clogged pores, so if you think this sounds like you, start keeping a food diary or try cutting food groups out for a couple of weeks at a time and monitor any improvements.

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