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Are these everyday habits making your hair greasy?

Netdoctor (UK) logo Netdoctor (UK) 07/03/2018 Bridget March

© Provided by Shutterstock Many of us struggle with having to wash our hair every day due to excess oil, but getting to the root of the problem – quite literally – makes more sense than battling the beauty affliction. So here are 8 things to stop doing that could be the cause of your greasy hair...

1. Touching your hair too often

Like constantly touching your face, fiddling with your hair transfers oils from your fingertips to your strands. 

2. Over-washing

Yes, you wash it to cleanse the grease, but no, it doesn't help. Unfortunately daily shampooing can strip your scalp of its natural oils – so it produces more in a bid to replace them. Try cutting back on washing your hair to every other day at least, or two to three times a week. Your hair will thank you in the long run. 

a close up of a persons hand © Provided by National magazine company ltd (Hearst UK) 3. Over-conditioning

Be cautious with conditioner. You may be applying a conditioner that's too heavy for your hair type, which can weigh it down. Or you may not be washing it out properly – another grease-giving culprit. And finally avoid placing your conditioner all over your hair, focus on the ends to avoid causing oily roots and lank lengths.

4. Over-brushing

Brushing your hair too much can stimulate oil production, which at first looks glossy, but soon looks greasy. Again, stick to detangling the lengths and ends if you've got an obsessive hair brushing habit.

5. Your hairbrush is dirty

Your hairbrush can harbour all sorts of nasties – build-up of stale styling products and dust are only the obvious ones! A clogged brush will transfer these onto the hair, making it feel dirty, so make sure yours is cleaned properly on a regular basis.

© Provided by Shutterstock 6. Your hairbrush is full of hair

A hairy brush might not seem like an offender, but if your hair is greasy (which it is otherwise you wouldn't be reading this) by using a brush clogged with hairs you'll only be transferring grease from old strands back onto your clean hair. Fail.

7. Applying the wrong products

You may be choosing styling products that aren't compatible with your hair. Look for lightweight formulas and avoid ones that promise 'shine' and 'moisture' which would be better suited to dry or dull hair types. 

8. Product build-up that needs detoxing

Styling products can cause the scalp and strands to become clogged up. If you're a dry shampoo junkie, you might want to give your locks a detox by using a clarifying shampoo two to four times a month, or a product designed to exfoliate the scalp. It is the gateway to healthy hair, after all.

Related: It's Time You Stopped Believe These Three Hair Myths (Provided by Wochit Entertainment)

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