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Suddenly greasy hair

The other day after I got out of the shower and dried my hair, I noticed that it was greasy/oily looking. At first I thought I didn't wash all the shampoo/conditioner out of my hair. However, the same thing happened the next day and the day after that. I finally got fed up and switched shampoos and conditioners but the problem has persisted. It looks as if I haven't showered in 2-3 days and it feels disgusting. Please help!!

P.S - I'm a 16 year old female and have never had any real health concerns or been exposed to anything out of the ordinary lately.
Tags: hair, greasy, oily
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I'm thinking your hormones might be shifting.  I think it's the male hormones that cause the greasy, oily scalp problem.   Maybe you have a slight imbalance.  Hormones shift in the teen years, up, down and all around.  My daughter needed to wash her hair twice a day for a few years due to greasy hair.   You could check with your regular doctor or a dermatologist.  
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Hello,
There is no medical condition as such which causes oiliness of the hair.I would suggest you to clean your hair frequently with a mild shampoo(you can use the ones for oily hair) and don’t apply any conditioner on the hair.

One of the natural home made remedies for the oily scalp is the use of lemon juice on the scalp and waiting for half an hour before washing it off. It is supposed to be good both for the oily scalp as well dandruff if any. A good massage of the scalp is also helpful as it ensures an increased blood supply of the scalp and also takes away the oils of the scalp towards the hair. It makes sense to avoid the use of conditioner as it also tends to make the scalp oily. when shampooing the hair, switch from warm water to cool water after you've thoroughly rinsed away the shampoo.The cool water rinse helps close the pores of the scalp and slow down the oil production.

It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care and please do keep me posted on how you are doing.


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Hi,

I had this problem as well. Nothing helped and the more I scrubbed the oily area it spread. I too got so frustrated and very self concious because I never had this problem. I went to two doctors and they had no advice to offer me. On a scale from 1 to 10 with 10 being the worst my hair was a 10. May I add I never use hair products. Anyways, after my failed attempts I did my own research and heard that T/gel by Neutrogen was good. I purchased the shampoo and after the first wash I'd say 90% of the odd grease was gone. After the second and third my hair was basically back to normal. If you haven't found anything I'd recommend this as it worked for me.
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I am 31 and all of a sudden I got oily hair but so did my 7 year old daughter.  I know it is from swimming in Chlorine, the body is an amazing machine and produces oil to repair damaged hair.  So if your hair is oily it is probably just over protecting your hair.  I also just had a baby but again my 7 year old got oily hair too.  I read all of these comments and then did this ( it probably wasn't all necessary but I was desperate!)
1.  Washed scalp with degreasing dish soap 3 times.  I think this did it but just to be sure....
2. rinsed my hair with mouth wash ( the alcohol in it helps to remove oil.)
3. rinsed with apple cider vinegar
4. used green tea oil shampoo from Sally Beauty supply.  I didn't know that Green Tea Oil is the code word for Oily Hair.  Again just try the dish soap first! My hair is Softer than EVER.
Oil gone!  
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i had the same thing...

i used suave clarifying shampoo for oily to normal hair ($1.77 at cvs) i washed my hair a couple times back to back with that and then only conditioned the ends of my hair. it worked!
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I too have suffered this problem starting a week ago out of the blue.... Did try changing my shampoo and hairbrushes but the more i washed the worse it got...... Was very stressed 2 days ago after 8 washes i even massaged fairy liquid into the affected area it just wasnt moving... Had a wedding yesturday an cried my eyes out when i woke up to the most greasiest head iv ever seen in my life.... Myself an my partner both agreed i wudnt be able to attend as i found this horrible mess so embarrasing
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So as i had to face the possibilty of not attended i search on here for a desperate cure and thats when i found the post from Luciarose who mentioned she tried TGel which removed 90% of the grease on the 1st wash and after a further 2 washes said it had gone conpletly so with that helpfull info i flew to boots and bought TGel for greasy hair.... When i got home i applied plenty of it to my hair massaged it in and left it on my head for about 10 minutes then rinsed off..... Then too my amazement about 90% of the grease had GONE!!  I cudnt believe  it so instead of being in the wedding ceremony i was washing my hair another 2 times and as luciarose said my hair was back to its normal nongreasy self..... Just wanted to thank luciarose so much because of her useful post i was able to make the evening reception after all..... Really hope this post helps someone the way luciarose has helped me and thankyou so much x
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I FOUND A SOLUTION!!!!
i had the same problem. Sudden appearance of greasy oily hair on the crown area.. And no matter how much i tried washing it and with 4 different types of shampoos, it would not go. i had this once a year ago, i washed it with Johnson's shampoo and it went. However, this time when the greasiness appeared i tried Johnson's shampoo and it dint help. I put egg white on my hair and some of the greasiness went and some still remained. then i decided to try one last thing and then give up. I used henna mixed with beetroot juice and black tea. I used to use this earlier to color my hair. i thought i could help this time because henna dries your hair. I put it on, left it for 4-5 hours. washed it with water alone and no shampoo. After i dried my hair with fingers crossed, to my surprise the grease was completely gone! My hair was entirely clean and soft and shiny as usual! I dint want to shampoo my hair the next day out of fear. So, 2 days later i shampooed it with Johnson's shampoo and did not use any conditioner. My hair is still clean and clear. I am so thankful that the problem went away. I still dnt know wat caused it. Although i think it could be over sweating that might have caused the scalp to become oily since I've been livin in a very hot country for a month with temperatures that go upto 44 degree Celsius. Anyway, it is just an assumption. i understand what you all must be going through because i felt the same for 2 weeks. So, when i found my solution, i thought i must tell you all to try. all the best and I hope it helps everyone!
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I've had this problem twice recently and put it down to Pantene conditioner (I've chucked out my bottles or the stuff).
I found the thing that worked for me was to use baby shampoo and put a few drops of tea-tree oil in, put it onto the scalp and lather gently then comb it through my hair (I actually used a nit comb), then leave on for a few minutes before rinsing with COLD water.  I leave out the conditioner until the next time I shampoo, then do the same thing again but follow it up with a light conditioner on the ends.
Hope this helps
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Hi I have the same sticky hair problem. It started after using nice and easy hair dye!!!!
I have no acne or any other skin problems except psoriasis... (which is not on my head)

I tree the vinegar and lemon recipes (im blonde) and nothing changed except is wasn't as knotty!!! I the. Was told by my hairdresser friend to (off the record) use soap eg hand wash or even washing up liquid on it a couple of times... Rub in leave as long as poss and rinse and after the first attempts it went :) good luck to u all ...
it's a massive pain and very upsetting
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the same thing is happening to me....i have long hair,havent dyed it in a year..always same shampoo...the crown of my head is so sticky..greasy..its disgusting..i feel like i havent showered in weeks. i cant wear my hair down, only in a bun, not even a ponytail. i dont overheat my hair, rarely use dryer.i dont know what to do..please help
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I have had the same issue off an on for a while - finally in desparation used DAWN dishwashing detergent and it worked.  I only had to use it once - had been told by Drs that the cause was hormone shifts since the first time I had it was a few weeks after child birth.  Now reaching late 40s, it started again.  I  know it wasnt the shampoos and conditioners as I tried everything.  I have to use conditioner due to my hair being so thick and long and without out conditioner, I can't comb it.  I only had to use the Dawn once and did not use conditioner that washing - my hair was soft and no waxy grease at all!!  After that I was able to use my normal shampoos and conditioners (I switch off regularly to prevent build up).  It came back about 2 months later, did the same thing and it was gone immediately again.  Went back to the doctor again, and this time my blood work is indicating low Thyroid hormone levels - might be related too.
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