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Why Is My Hair So Oily??

It is usually the thriftiness in us that is partly responsible for oily hair. Even if we know that the shampoo is not that good for our hair, we will continue using it until it finishes before buying a new one. And that is 1 or 2 months worth of mistakes...

Hello! My name is Zell. In this article, we’re going to discuss the reasons for your oily hair. If you have never had oily hair before, you must have saved the president in your previous life. What good luck you have. Haha. I’m so envious of you! Similar to dandruff, this is something I have been facing for most of my life.

For some reason, the oil glands seem to be overactive and the excess oil makes the hair really clumpy and lifeless. Sometimes, it looks like the hair is wet and it’s a little awkward when you are meeting friends and you actually notice them looking at your hair. It’s hard not to notice because you can literally see their eyes slowly going up and stop there with their eyebrows slightly raised. Oh well. If I’m still your friend even after raising your eyebrows, I guess this is true friendship. <3

And… Let’s start with the basics.

Our skin is made up of tiny tiny little pores, even our scalp has these little pores and they are connected to our sebaceous glands. These sebaceous glands are responsible to secrete the natural oil called sebum. Have you noticed that when you apply hair oil, the hair appears to be softer and less frizzy? That’s the responsibility of the sebum too, it is essential to keep our hair moisturized and soft.

However, sometimes the sebaceous glands can start producing the sebum in an amount that is a little excessive. There are a few factors, some you can control, some you cannot. Let’s explore them -

Your hair structure

We all have different hair structure, some have straight hair, some curly hair and some have just slightly wavy hair, like a natural wave perm done well. Let’s imagine 2 roads, the first being a straight road and the second, a road that has multiple turns and direction changes. Which one will be easier to travel?

The straight road, yes? Indeed, it is. That applies to the sebum too. If you have straight hair, the sebum over at the scalp can travel down evenly from the roots to the tips. On the other hand, for curly or wavy hair, the curls/waves act as an obstruction and will make it difficult for the sebum to get to the tips. Which is why people with curly hair are likely to have a more oily scalp.


In a more humid climate, it causes our skin cell to turn over more quickly and more sebum being produced in hot weather. Also, the high temperature leads to us perspiring more and that eventually leads to clogged pores.

If you don’t have good skin or hair cleanser, that will worsen the clogged pores, resulting in acne, other skin problems, and an oily scalp.

And do you notice that when it is hot, the scalp feels very uncomfortable and you tend to scratch your head more? Don’t do that again. When you do that, you are stimulating the sebaceous glands and it encourages them to produce more sebum. And when you run your hands through your hair, you are also transferring the sebum from the scalp to the rest of your hair, making it greasy. Never knew that huh? The less you touch your scalp, the better it is.

Too much product or wrong product

Sometimes we might think that applying products on our hair is good, as many as possible, as long as the product is beneficial for our hair? No, that is wrong.

Applying too much conditioner on an oily hair will make it greasier. Washing the hair too much will cause the sebaceous gland to think that it needs to produce more sebum to keep the hair moisturized, making the hair greasier. Using deep fortifying shampoos and deep conditioners can make oily hair even oilier. Have the right knowledge and use the right product.

Frequent styling/tying

If you always tie your hair in a tight ponytail, it will cause the sebum to build up on that particular area. And when you let it down, it will look a little uneven as it looks greasy on the scalp area.

Also, If you frequently use a hairdryer to heat style your hair, it dries out the hair a lot. This will signal to the sebaceous gland that it has to work overtime to produce more sebum to keep the hair moisturized. And that eventually leads to having oily hair.

Frequent exposure to chemicals

If you are coloring your hair often, it might lead to oily hair if you are doing it too often and if you are also using the wrong products. Chemicals are called chemicals for a reason, it is artificially created to alter our hair, be it the color, or the structure.

Just like eating processed food is not good for health, exposing our hair to chemicals is not good for our hair too. There has to be a balance to restore hair health.

In conclusion, I noticed that it is usually the using of the wrong product that causes hair oiliness. Most of us judged a product based on the price, the cheaper it is, the likelihood of us getting it is higher. Or maybe it’s the marketing, “this shampoo claims to do this, this, and this for the hair,” it must be good!

And after using it, we find that it is not that suitable but we will still use it until it finishes. That is about 1 to 3 months of using the wrong shampoo and thinking that it might not be that bad, only regretting it after it affected the hair. Make a good decision from the start as it is more costly in the long run if it affects your hair, all the hair treatments, the different products to repair the hair, etc.

And one bonus information, Vitamin B is known to play an active role in regulating the sebum levels. If you have oily hair, you can try eating more food that has Vitamin B, eggs, bananas, nuts, and more vegetables!

If you need any help with your hair issue, you know where to find us. Just head to our fb page and send us a message. Or if you have booked an appointment with us on our website, you should have my number. Send me a message. Ask me anything, hair loss, hair care routine, hair maintenance. I’m always here to help you! :)


Steve V Hair Studio

Bugis Cube (opposite Bugis Junction)

#04-04 S'pore 188735

Tel no: 6336 1476


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