There may be possible links between hair loss and abnormally oily hair, primarily involving clogged ducts which may make regrowing hair more difficult. Having greasy hair usually is not enough to cause hair to fall out, but it may exacerbate an existing problem. Additionally, those with thinning hair may be more likely to also have greasy hair if they often avoid washing for fear of losing more hair. An over-production of certain hormones could also lead to both greasy hair and hair loss in some individuals.
One potential cause of both greasy hair and hair loss is an overproduction of certain androgen hormones. This can be caused by certain medical conditions or from taking various medications or hormonal birth control pills. Sometimes discontinuing the offending pills or treating the underlying cause will alleviate symptoms. In other cases, hormonal imbalance may be caused by unknown problems or by reproductive issues which are harder to treat.
Sometimes there is no known cause for greasy hair and hair loss. Men and women may lose hair due to genetic factors. These causes are not curable, but there are over the counter medications which may help prevent continued hair loss and stimulate additional hair growth. Natural supplements have also been shown to help some patients regrow hair.
Many people who have thinning of the hair may also have greasy hair because they avoid washing it regularly. During routine washing and rinsing, it is common for those with pattern baldness to experience increased hair shedding. This could lead to anxiety and an avoidance of washing the hair at all. Unfortunately, this leads to dirty, greasy, and unkempt hair: all of which are worse in appearance than baldness or thinning. Additionally, if hair becomes too greasy the follicles may become clogged, and growing new hair may be harder to accomplish even with treatment.
To treat or avoid greasy hair and hair loss, sufferers should speak with a dermatologist. On occasion, hair loss could signal a serious condition and proper treatment will be needed. Once underlying health problems have been ruled out, various options can be explored for why the hair is thinning in the first place and how to go about treating the problem. Over the counter hair growth medications are a common option for many patients, as well as avoiding certain hair care practices. For instance, those with thinning hair should use mild shampoos and conditioners, should avoid using dyes and other chemicals on the hair, and should avoid brushing or combing when hair is wet.