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Oily hair

Definition

Oily hair is the result of the oil (sebaceous) glands in the scalp producing large amounts of oil.

Alternative Names

Hair - oily; Greasy hair

Information

Here are some tips for preventing and treating oily hair:

  • Shampoo your hair every day. Leaving the shampoo on your head for at least 5 minutes before rinsing may help.
  • Avoid brushing your hair too often or too vigorously, since the brushing will carry oil from your scalp to the ends of your hair.

Hormones affect oil production. Things that affect your hormone levels (such as stress or birth control pills) may also affect the oiliness of your hair.

Images

Hair follicle anatomy

References

American Academy of Dermatology. Taking care of your hair. AAD.org Web site. www.aad.org/public/kids/hair/hair-care. Accessed January 19, 2017.

Habif TP. Hair diseases. In: Habif TP, ed. Clinical Dermatology. 6th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2016:chap 24.

Review Date: 
12/10/2016
Reviewed By: 
Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.