What Turns Hair Oily?

1. Glands

Our skin contains glands called “sebaceous glands”. These are most abundant on our face and scalp. They naturally produce sebum, which is the oily substance you feel in your hair. Sebum is made up of fats and dead cells.

The purpose of sebum is to waterproof our skin and to retain the right amount of water inside. It also produces an acidic environment, ensuring our hair and scalp are not irritated and/or dehydrated. At the same time, it also prevents bacteria from entering in.


However, there are times when our scalp produces too much sebum. This is how greasy, oily hair comes about.

2. Natural Causes

Did you know that excess oil in hair can be the result of age, hormones as well as genetics?

During the adolescence stage, sebum production tends to increase. At the same time, most individuals can produce excess sebum due to certain types of hormones (androgens).

3. Diseases

Parkinson’s disease can increase the amount of sebum in your hair. what-turns-hair-oily-2

When it comes to your hair, sebum is responsible for giving your strands a healthy shine. However, some sebaceous glands produce excess oil. This will contribute to making your hair greasy.

4. Grooming

When you use an abundance of products in your hair including conditioner, hairspray and mousse over an extended period of time without washing it off properly, it can lead to build up and result in extra oil on the scalp.


Aside from that, excess scrubbing while shampooing as well as too many washes can cause irritation to the scalp, resulting in more oil.

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