Greasy hair

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Greasy hair is a hair condition which is common in humans, one of four main types of hair conditioning— normal, greasy, dry and greasy dry. [1] It is primarily caused by build-up of the natural secretion from the sebaceous glands in the scalp and is characterised by the continuous development of natural grease on the scalp.[2] A chronic condition of greasy hair may often accompany chronic greasy skin conditions on the face and body and oily skin and acne.[3] Excessive carbohydrate, fat and starch consumption can increase the likelihood of developing greasy hair and also poor personal hygiene and not washing the hair for a long duration will lead to a buildup of sebum in the hair follicles.[3][4] Hair conditioners can decrease the likelihood of developing greasy hair after shampooing.[5] Some cosmetics companies produce shampoos and conditioners specifically to deal with greasy hair and for oily or dry hair problems.[6] Massaging the scalp and exposure to the sun can reduce the problem of greasy hair.[7] In some men, a greased back wet hair look is considered desirable, and numerous hair gels and waxes specialize in giving a wet look appearance.


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