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Why does my hair feel sticky after washing?

Updated: July 23, 2021

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After every hair washes, you can’t wait to see yourself in those shiny, smooth, and clean hair that feels soft and gentle. It is very easy to experiment with clean non-greasy washed hair. But few of us get to see opposite results. Mind me! This can be very annoying.

This weird reaction has been found in many people.

The main function of a shampoo is to make your hair clean and pull every dust and oil out of it and give a non-greasy look, but if this isn’t happening then it is quite natural to ask –

Why does my hair feel sticky after washing?

Tons of reasons can make your hair greasy, a wrong product, excess use of conditioner, application of excess oil, product build-up or you are simply washing your hair too often.

Each reason is valid for your problem but it is not definite which one is causing you. A lot of people have also reported that they had greasy hair due to dandruff. However, dandruff also makes your hair dry.

You might also be one of them who must be confused.

This article is in detail explaining each of the reasons to find yours and work on it. If somehow it doesn’t work for you or puts you in confusion, we would any day recommend seeking professional advice.

Reasons your hair feels sticky after washing

Plenty of reasons have been listed above. Let’s talk about each of them in detail.

1. You are probably using the wrong products or conditioners

A product is wrong for your hair when you use a shampoo or conditioner not similar to your hair type. You can ask your hair professional regarding your hair type or can take the help of this video given below.

If your hair gets greasy afterwards it can be probably because you have an oily scalp and you’ve used a shampoo or a conditioner or even both of them made for dry scalp.

The shampoo and conditioner built for dry scalp functions to hydrate and moisturize the scalp. Having an oily scalp can make your hair stickier and greasier after the wash as well.

So, make sure you are using the right product, head to the bathroom, and check it once again if not then please stop using them.

2. You are using your hair oil too frequently and too much

Using hair oil too frequently makes your hair scalp very greasy and oily which can be one of the reasons that your hair still remains greasy even after shampooing.

Make it clear in your head that your skin and hair require only a certain number of products and only when it is necessary.

Using too much oil is not going to help you but settle on your scalp making it greasier. Similarly, applying hair oil too frequently is not going to change your hair.

Start using an adequate amount of oils and at the right time to avoid greasiness in your hair even after washing.

3. You are using your hair products in excess

We often use a lot of hair products on our hair at the same time like a serum, heat protectives, mousse, hairspray, dry shampoo, etc.

These products start to build a protective layer on your hair. The more product you use the more will be the build-up.

If any of this product still remains in your hair after washing, they make your hair greasier and sticky.

You can simply find out whether your hair has a protective layer or not by just looking at its condition. If your hair looks dull you probably have a protective layer build-up.

To remove it wash your hair thoroughly, massage your scalp really well to come out of this issue.

4. You’re eating a lot of fat

Diet shows its effect in all parts of the body, on the scalp too. An oily scalp can be the result of consuming too many fats in your diet.

Fats are also not that healthy so it will be better t4if you avoid fats and start incorporating protein. Well, before taking any decision reading diet you must consult a dietitian.

5. Problem may be in your water

Sometimes, the water we use to wash our hair is hard and contains minerals, especially calcium and magnesium. Which ends up making your hair too sticky.

For this issue ask your professional to recommend a shampoo that can cut its effect.

6. You are washing your hair too often

Legit everyone from the stylist to experts everyone asks to not wash your hair often. This is just like murdering your hair. Many times to get rid of oily hair people wash it as frequently as they can which is not the right solution.

By washing it too many times your scalp becomes dry which leads to greater oil production and you are never out of that loop.

 

How to get rid of sticky hair without washing it?

As mentioned above, you should not wash your hair more often than how to get rid of sticky hair without washing it?

So, the simple answer to it is by using dry shampoo. Dry shampoo can be very effective if you don’t really have time to wash your hair. it doesn’t make the scalp as dry as a shampoo.

But, just like any other product, do not use this product in excess as well.

 

How to wash your hair properly?

Most of the time your hair is left greasy because you must not be washing your hair properly.

Here is a stepwise tutorial for you.

  1. Always wet your hair before applying any shampoo or conditioner on your hair.
  2. After making each of your hair strands wet, apply a coin-size shampoo onto your hair scalp using your figure.
  3. Do not use your nails! Using a nail will dig in your scalp and it will give way to natural hair oil. So, use only your fingers to massage your scalp.
  4. Rinse your hair with cold water. Rinse it thoroughly 2 to 3 times so that none of the product is left on your hair.
  5. Wait for a few minutes if you feel any oil or product still in your hair you can repeat the steps again.
  6. Do not forget the condition. apply coin size conditioner over your hair stands and not to your scalp.
  7. Leave it for a minute or two and rinse it very properly under running water. Running water helps to wash off all the products easily.

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