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Common Hair Problems – Greasy Scalp

A greasy scalp, is very much the cause of other head and skin conditions. Generally, greasy scalp is a sign that the sebaceous or oil glands in the body are working overtime. The most common result is that at the same time you have a greasy scalp – which is most likely also causing oily hair – your shoulders are also roofed in dandruff flakes. Unfortunately, surplus oil in your scalp also helps create a climate ripe for more serious conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, or scalp psoriasis.

Causes of greasy scalp

Over conditioning is not the cause of greasy hair. On the contrary, greasy scalp causes greasy hair and, if you notice, not many conditioners use greasy or heavy oils. The only con to over conditioning is that it tends to be limp and less bouncy. The tallow production of the scalp is hardly likely to be influenced externally. But repeated cleansing with a mild shampoo can help.

Many conditions can affect the scalp and cause hair loss problems: dry, greasy scalp or flaking scalp, itching, and lesions. Most of these problems or outbreaks can be treated by a change in hair care habits, with OTC remedies, or by consulting a hair care professional. Since a greasy scalp is associated with dandruff condition, recurrent hair washing with regular shampoo is normally enough. In more acute cases, a medicated shampoo might be necessary.

Treatment of greasy scalp

There is no known cure for this natural harmless skin condition. Then again, there are several products for oily scalp to help control the over production of oil. However, it is important to know how not to worsen the condition yourself.

If the hair is greasy you are normally inclined to wash it more often. You also tend to scrub it just so much harder to get it clean, which is precisely what you ought to avoid. The glands which produce the oil usually get stimulated by massage. So you should practice some of the following when dealing with your greasy scalp.

  1. For a more gentle cleaning action, shampoo with the flat of the fingers rather than the tips.
  2. Don't over do it or use too vigorous an action, when combing or brushing your hair.
  3. Try to shampoo the hair as little less as possible. Twice a day is too much. While this may seem unwelcome for someone with a greasy scalp, we suggest you still give it a try.
  4. Evening Primrose oil or zinc supplements are know to be extremely beneficial in helping correct sebum activity.

Try and find a shampoo which has zinc pyrithione. Such a shampoo cleans your hair as well as any "normal" shampoo. However, it is also a mild way to address your oily scalp and it can be used long term.

If the problem still continues, it could be hormonal or some other internal factor. In this case, a trichologist or doctor will have to be consulted.