Nothing beats the feeling of freshly washed hair. It’s light, it’s sleek, it’s clean… annnd it’s greasier than a bacon butty by lunchtime – dammit. If this is all-too-familiar territory for you, then you might be committing some hair crimes that are making your mane greasier than it should be. Put a stop to these bad-hair habits, and you could be well on your way to longer-lasting lusciousness.  

Too much touchy feely

So, you’re a hair twirler? You need to stop that asap, darlin’! If you’re tying your hair up, taking it down, running your fingers through it and flipping it from side to side all the time, you might want to start being more aware. Touching your locks too much means you’re constantly transferring oils from your hands to your hair – never good if you’re tryna avoid the grease factor.

Lather, rinse… RETREAT

It’s a well-known fact that humans wash their hair waaay more than is necessary. If you’re shampooing every day, or even every other day, you could be stripping your scalp of all its natural moisture. This causes it to overcompensate and produce even more sebum (aka natural hair oils) resulting in greasier hair. Try to leave a couple of days between washes in the future and use a clarifying shampoo like the L’Oréal Elvive Extraordinary Clay Shampoo to get rid of all the built-up oils. Trust us, you’ll notice the difference.

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Your tools are teaming

This might sound gross, but it’s a common problem. Not many of us think to give our hair tools a tidy, but when you think about all the product that must build up on them, it’s no surprise that they might be contributing to the grease factor. Unplug your stylers and give ’em a spring clean with a wet wipe to combat this problem. Also, make sure you’re regularly removing old hair from your hair brush – we’re talkin’ everyday, people. Use something that’s easy to clean, like the Superdrug Studio Detangling Brush, to make your life easier.

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OTT brushing

Speaking of brushes, there is such a thing as overdoing it. Brushing actually stimulates oil production, so if greasy hair is a grievance of yours, give the detangler a rest. If you just can’t kick the habit, focus your brushing addiction on the lengths and ends and avoid the roots.

Heavyweight hair products

Everyone wants smooth, sleek hair, but smearing serums all over your strands is a big no-no if you’re prone to a bit of grease. And when it comes to adding texture, gels and mousses will be too much for your mane to handle. Hold off on these heavyweight hair products and opt for lighter options, like spritzes and mists. For sleeker-looking locks and a hit of hydration, go for the Maui Moisture Nourish & Moisture + Coconut Milk Oil Mist. For some tousled texture, the Toni & Guy Casual Sea Salt Texturising Spray is your new best bud.

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