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Oily hair

If the sebum glands on the scalp are overactive, the result is oily hair. Find out what you can do about it here.

First of all: Oily hair does not get greasier through frequent washing. There is no medical evidence to support the claim that excessive hair care stimulates the sebum glands and thus stimulates the production of even more fat. The opposite is the case: if you overdo it with washing your hair, you run the risk of dry scalp and dry hair.

So you can wash your hair as often as you want - provided you use a mild shampoo.

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How does greasy hair come about?

The cause of oily hair is not in the hair itself, but in one Overproduction of the sebum glands in the scalp. These secrete sebum and are responsible for ensuring that both scalp and hair remain supple. If too much sebum is produced, the hair looks greasy and stringy. In addition, oily hair can quickly develop an unpleasant smell of its own.

Causes can be:

  • wrong diet
  • Hormone fluctuations
  • genetic predisposition
  • Using the wrong hair care products
  • Frequent wearing of headgear
  • persistent stress

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Sebborhoe - overproduction of sebum

Seborrhea describes the overproduction of skin oils by the sebum glands. They are found all over the body in the skin - with the exception of the soles of the feet and palms. Their number varies from person to person.

The largest sebum glands are in the scalp. Tallow (sebum) consists largely of fatty acids, other components are triglycerides, waxes, cholesterol and proteins. It has a relatively firm consistency, is white-yellow in color and its task is to protect the skin from drying out.

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Sebborhoe, the overproduction of sebum, can hereditary orhormonal be conditional. Unfavorable nutrition, stress and environmental influences can negatively affect the course of the disease. Increased sebum production can also occur in women after stopping the birth control pill or after giving birth.

Sweat glands also play a role

They also play a role in the spread of sebum - the so-called spreading Sweat glands a role. The higher the sweat production, the more fluid the sebum becomes and the faster it is transported over the respective skin area. Wearing your hair in a braid or simply tied up also increases the spread of fat.

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Sebum production varies over the course of life

Seen over life, sebum production is initially very slow in childhood, increases massively in puberty and decreases again in old age. In seniors it can even come to sebostasis - the reduced sebum production leads to dry skin that is tight.

Oily hair, oily dandruff

Oily hair is often associated with oily hair Dandruff. These in turn form an ideal breeding ground for bacteria and fungi, especially Pitryosporum (yeast). As a result, the scalp itches.

What to do about oily hair

Thorough cleaning

Basically, wash your hair as often as necessary. The scalp should be massaged well during the washing process in order to remove the sebum as best as possible. If you have a strong tendency to greasy hair, the products can alsoantibacterial and antifungal agents contain. Some special products contain tars, salicylates or sulfur, but these agents should not be used permanently.

Plant extracts

If you prefer it natural, it is best to use plant extracts:

  • Bladderwrack regulates the sebum function
  • Chamomile inhibits inflammation
  • Burdock root has a fungicidal effect
  • Lemon oil is antiseptic
  • Rosemary reduces the production of sebum
  • Horsetail helps against greasy hair

It is also recommended to wear your hair loose, shaped with a little volumizing foam. In this way, the spread of sebum can be contained.

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Philip Pfleger (2013)
Editorial editing:
Mag. (FH) Axel Beer (2015), Dr. med. Stefanie Sperlich (2013), Astrid Leitner (2020)

Updated on:

Ellsässer S: dandruff; brittle, dry hair; damaged, colored, permed hair. From Ellsässer S (2008): Body care and cosmetics, 2nd edition, Springer Verlag, pages 237-247

Achenbach RK: "The great TRIAS guide - skin, hair, nails"; Georg Thieme Verlag, Stuttgart 1997, 2001

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