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sweethomechcago
06:45 pm - WAXY/GREASY HAIR RIGHT AFTER WASHING!
Hi guys, I have googled this TO DEATH and I need some of your experiences.

I have always had absolutely beautiful, soft, shiny healthy hair. About a week ago, I noticed that it was starting to feel a little greasy right after washing it. Now, it's gotten so bad that I can't straighten it and I can't wear it down because it is so waxy/greasy. I used to use Pantene Pro-V shampoo and conditioner (forever), and I read that it causes waxy buildup. I stopped using it and have been using Suave Clarifying shampoo with no conditioner every day for about 4 days now. Today I tried Original Listerine and blowdrying, but still no positive results. I don't use any hair products; no mousse, no leave in conditioner, nothing. Just shampoo and conditioner and hair dye every 2-3 months. I don't know why it has suddenly done this but I will try anything!

My next steps are to try vinegar and if that doesn't work, switch to baking soda. If you've had this problem, what did you find out was the culprit and what was your solution?

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:January 1st, 2011 09:17 pm (UTC)

MIRACLE IN A BOTTLE!

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I am an 18 year old female that was having the waxy hair crown problem. This problem just arose for me about a week and a half ago. I had no idea why my hair felt to waxy and why everything I had tried was not fixing it. I kept thinking I was over conditioning so I then stopped using conditioner as I washed my hair every night. As I'd wake up in the morning I still had the waxy problem so then I tired blow drying my hair every time after I got out the shower yet the problem was still there. It wasn't until today that I started to google this problem only to find that no one had a solution. My boyfriend explained to me that every time he had dandruff he would wash his hair with APPLE CIDER VINEGAR which he called "A miracle in a bottle!" He suggested that I try using it and so I did. The waxy junk came out with such ease. All you need to do it buy one bottle and massage it all throughout your DRY hair. LET IT SIT FOR 10 MINUTES BEFORE WASHING! After doing that take your shampoo of choice and wash the vinegar out of your hair and then wash it one more time with your shampoo of choice. I used Head & Shoulders. I hope that this works for anyone who tires it because it really did work for me. The only down side to using apple cider vinegar is that it does stink but with just a few washes your hair will eventually lose the smell! ENJOY! & GOOD LUCK!
From:(Anonymous)
Date:March 18th, 2013 04:20 am (UTC)
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thank you so much ! my 12 year old daughter started experiencing this 2 days ago and i thought she was not washing it correctly, i started googling n after looking of over 20 places i bumped in to youre comment and it described it to the T im so thankful we will be doing this in the AM :) i am hoping it works for her
From:(Anonymous)
Date:June 21st, 2013 02:40 pm (UTC)
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I had this waxy sticky hair at the crown problem develop while I was in Africa imagine my horror. I only had access to red wine vinegar and that worked over there. Just this past week this problem came back and I'm back to a vinegar soak before showering. Use white vinegar not apple cider for blonde hair.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:September 18th, 2013 08:05 pm (UTC)
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My hair started this about 8 days ago. Tried Dawn dish soap, but no luck. Then read about the apple cider vinegar, got some, tried it about an hour ago, and it works! I put some in a spray bottle and soaked my hair, then left it on about 15-20 minutes, shampooed it out, rinsed with more vinegar, shampooed again and used conditioner, and my hair feels "normal" again. What a relief! Looked like I had put Crisco or something on it, and nothing else I tried worked at all. So a huge thank you to everyone who recommended the apple cider vinegar.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:January 7th, 2011 02:18 am (UTC)

hair greasy

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use apple cider vinegar on brown hair and white vinegar on blonde. see if that helps
From:(Anonymous)
Date:February 15th, 2011 02:22 pm (UTC)
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just go to the hairdressers and get propper shampoo instead of changing your scalp which is probably the problem not your actual hair. your shampoo base is important and there are so many different reasont this could happen but a good hairdresser can tell you what you need upon seeing and asking you questions
From:gofurear
Date:April 13th, 2011 09:25 am (UTC)
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For some reason, I can’t see all of this content, stuff keeps hiding? Are you taking advantage of java?

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From:sweethomechcago
Date:October 25th, 2011 12:51 am (UTC)
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For some reason comments are on screen, but I am trying to unscreen them as they come in. What else can't you see?
From:zoroduma
Date:April 13th, 2011 11:28 pm (UTC)
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Keep posting stuff like this i really like it

From:(Anonymous)
Date:October 24th, 2011 08:00 am (UTC)

WAXY/GREASY HAIR RIGHT AFTER WASHING!

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Thank you for the apple cider vinegar suggestion. I´m getting desperate. This started all of a sudden for me too and I´ve always had dry hair so it was a real shock!

I even tried using fairy dish soap this morning -- which was the advice given on many other forums but it didn´t work for me. I´ve still got the greasy, waxy film throughout (not just the crown).

And it can´t be product build-up because I don´t use mousse, gel, hairspray nor conditioner and I switch shampoos every now and then. In addition, they are good, expensive salon-bought shampoos so that can´t be the cause either.

I read about two possible causes on medical advice forums: (1) stress and (2) hormones.

Good luck to everyone!
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From:sweethomechcago
Date:October 25th, 2011 12:50 am (UTC)

Re: WAXY/GREASY HAIR RIGHT AFTER WASHING!

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See my comment below!
From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 8th, 2012 01:26 am (UTC)
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i experienced this as well. I spent 100 in shampoos, treatments, lemon juice, tea tree oils etc. the only thing that worked was he listerine treatment but it only lasted three days :(

Sadly after all that I was recently diagnosed with Sborrhoeic eczema. I didnt believe it as i am not itchy, or flaky but derm just confirmed it.
Now i have Nizoral shampoo, probiotics vitamans, and a steriod fluid i squirt in my hair. It started to clear up in two weeks.


http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/skin_hair/seborrhoeic_eczema_003735.htm
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From:sweethomechcago
Date:October 25th, 2011 12:50 am (UTC)
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Hey guys, I figured I'd post an update.

This still happens occasionally to me, but I've figured out a way to beat it. I went out and purchased Suave daily clarifying shampoo with Suave naturals moisturizing conditioner:





I wash my hair once with the shampoo, letting it sit for about 2-3 minutes to break through the grease, then finish with the conditioner. Afterwards, I rinse with apple cider vinegar/water. My hair is good as new!
From:(Anonymous)
Date:September 2nd, 2013 02:03 am (UTC)
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Its hormones you cant get rid of it it will last a week then go away
From:(Anonymous)
Date:October 8th, 2013 04:38 pm (UTC)
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it lasts more than a week and it won't go away on its own
From:(Anonymous)
Date:November 18th, 2011 07:40 pm (UTC)

Matrix Scalp Therapy

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So a few months ago I had this problem and it drove me crazy. I am sort of anal about appearing clean and washed my hair every day as it was. The fact that my hair was still dirty after that literally made me depressed. I read every blog I can and read somewhere that it was my scalp. Because I am not really into strange hair therapies like the vinegar thing, I decided I need to try a scalp therapy shampoo and went to my local pharmacy and found Matrix Biolage Scalp Therapy. After the first wash the problem went away. It really was amazing and I can swear by it. I wish I was getting paid to advertise this shampoo because I really swear by it. I have everyone I know using it even if they never had my issue. Try it. It's a little under $20 and once you use it once you will forget about the price. Good luck!!
From:(Anonymous)
Date:January 12th, 2012 04:21 am (UTC)
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I too have the waxy hair syndrome that came on suddenly. It looks and feels awful and I know it is not hair product causing it. My hair is very dry but suddenly it was sticky and waxy feeling after I washed it. I thought maybe I did not rinse well, so I rewashed my hair with clarifying shampoo. It only got worse from there. I have used tea tree oil, listerine and clarifying shampoo since then and nothing helps. It is even difficult to brush due to the tacky/sticky texture once it dries. I have read about others with the same problem, so I think it is a Phenomenon that should be investigated.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 13th, 2012 02:16 pm (UTC)
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I was having the same problem! Went and bought Suave Clarifying Shampoo, and my hair is good as new! Thanks for your help!
From:(Anonymous)
Date:June 6th, 2012 08:14 pm (UTC)
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Ok... here you go:
1. First shampoo with Suave Clarifying Shampoo, and repeat. Focus on the crown and give it a good scrub. Rinse.
2. Then - she used original Listerine (use the brown, not the mint or others). She poured 3 capfuls directly into crown. Lightly scrub and rinse.

After the first application, we noticed a HUGE difference. I would say about 90% better. As a bonus, her hair was incredibly soft and shiny (not oily).

The next night, she repeated the process again. Her hair is completely 100% back to normal. Of course, we need to wait and see if this is a permanent solution, but we will keep you all posted on her progress.

Our best to all....

DBA & TLF
From:(Anonymous)
Date:June 9th, 2012 07:54 pm (UTC)
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A couple weeks ago I started using Aussie Cleanse & Mend and pretty soon the hair at the crown of my head felt sticky and waxy like taffy or something. Pretty much what you described here. After reading all these hair-damaging ideas all over the web, like using dishsoap on your hair, I just called Aussie's 800 number and asked what the heck was going on.

They said that the conditioner is too heavy for me. Typically women with more porous hair (greying, color treated, permed, even heat treated often) have this problem as your follicles actually absorb all the gunk in the conditioner and it just keeps building up. As suggested in a few of the comments she told me to get clarifying shampoo and use it every day until the sticky feeling is gone. Only condition the tips of your hair during this process and use a light conditioner. It will take a few days or a week, but if you try 100 things at once or wash your hair too much, then your scalp will get irritated and start cranking out oil to protect itself.

(They also are sending full value coupons to replace the shampoo and conditioner with something else, as well as to reimburse the cost of buying a clarifying shampoo. I was really impressed with the customer service from them. Not something you come across very often these days...)
From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 8th, 2012 01:24 am (UTC)
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i experienced this as well. I spent 100 in shampoos, treatments, lemon juice, tea tree oils etc. the only thing that worked was he listerine treatment but it only lasted three days :(

Sadly after all that I was recently diagnosed with Sborrhoeic eczema. I didnt believe it as i am not itchy, or flaky but derm just confirmed it.
Now i have Nizoral shampoo, probiotics vitamans, and a steriod fluid i squirt in my hair. It started to clear up in two weeks.


http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/skin_hair/seborrhoeic_eczema_003735.htm
From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 11th, 2012 04:12 am (UTC)
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i think it's my water because my hair was perfect until i moved and i find the water feels different on my skin as well as on my hair. we are told it is spring water/ we are on a farm. can anyone help?
From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 14th, 2012 08:33 am (UTC)
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i have the same problem i get this even if i blow dry it or leave it to air dry. i stopped this problem by getting a dry shampoo (baptise) and whilst my hair was still wet i apply this and then blow dry my hair and my hair is normal again.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 14th, 2012 08:39 am (UTC)
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try washing your hair in luke warm water not hot as this attracts grease and not cold cause this will make your hair dry and frizzy
From:(Anonymous)
Date:October 16th, 2012 02:08 pm (UTC)
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hi there - I started having this exact same problem in May - that's when I first noticed it. it started off gradual and then got worse, to the point where nothing seems to work. I had some success with a small bit of Nizoral anti-fungal shampoo twice a week - it seemed to work - I am using a few drops and massaging it right into my scalp and behind my ears, down the sides of my face, and on the back of my neck. I let it sit there for a few minutes then wash it out and use my regular shampoo and conditioner. I really do t know what's going on with my scalp as I've always always had beautiful thick healthy hair, but I'm getting tested by my MD to look at whether I have a high dose of androgen in my body - also see if my hormone levels are normal. I'm a competitive athlete, so hoping its something I can fix without taking away from my athletic ability. I started taking a lot of vitamins for hair too. Biotin (2000 mg per day) Also Prairie Natural's Hair-Force Vitamin B supplements, Vitamin C (1000 mg) Vitamin E caps (400 di) and Lysine - all these will assist with healthy hair growth. it seems the problem lies within in the excessive sebum coming from the sebaceous glands in the scalp so hopefully my blood work tests will find out why so I can get my hair back to normal. I also had acrylic nails for the very first time in May (when this started happening) I am getting them removed now in case it is an allergic reaction to whatever is in the acrylics - (process of elimination) Good Luck with your hair - I hope some of my advice helps.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:February 10th, 2013 08:08 pm (UTC)
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Hey everyone, im 22 years old and iv never had this problem...about 3 days ago I noticed when.I washed my hair(dried& straightend) it was thick filling through the scalp/crown then i noticed it was greasy loosin at the scalp. I thought it was because I straightend it and i usually have color in my hair but recently I let it grow out so all my hair up top is new hair thay has grown in over the months, so i thought maybe that was why. So then.last night I used my tresemee shampoo and i as I waa blowdrying i noticed that it was thick feelin at the top again and greasy...so I re washed it with my boyfriends head and shoulders wich that seemed to make it worse, i thought it was because almond oil was in.the head and shoulders so i re washed with tresemee again with no conditioner and let it dry natural, still greasy. So after that I dug up some old shampoo bottles i still had and used sheer blonde shampoo. this time.i let it sit for like 45 mins before washing...then i rinsed and left my hair to air dry. Did not use conditioner the last 3 washes and i just woke up and my hair is greasy I dont know what is causing this but Please help. Iv never had this problem iv always had thin hair that got greasy quicker than most but it would take a day atleast until it got greasy, this is new and odd to me and i can't stand this so please help me to figure it out.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:February 26th, 2013 01:04 am (UTC)
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Hi anonymous,
I've had this issue on and off over the last few years but have never gotten an explanation. All I can tell you is it does clear up after a few weeks. The only thing that worked for me was to get my hair slightly wet, put some Palmolive in the area, lather it up, and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. You'll see immediate improvement, but not totally gone. Do it again the next day, and the next, until it's totally gone. Then, if you notice it.coming back, do it again. Eventually it will stop on it's own, at least in the meantime, it will make it tolerable. No doctor has ever been able to explain this, but it does go away. I suspect an.infection or hormones.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 29th, 2013 03:22 pm (UTC)
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I've also had this condition for the last 2 1/2 years. I usually get it about twice a year and it blows my mind and irritates me every time. The dish soap is what I use to "cure" it too. I agree with you, I suspect it might be a fungal infection because usually when I get the "sticky hair" I also have something else just starting around the same time. Once I had a fingernail infection the same time (I had NEVER had a nail fungus, no acrylics and I refuse to go to nail salons). The only other thing I have wondered about it the very first time I suddenly got the sticky hair was immediately after returning home from spending a week at an Orphanage in Honduras. I have no idea if it is something I could have picked up while there. I of course let the kids play with my hair and crawl all over me, and I'm not going to stop going either just because of a hair fungus! Anyway, just wanted to share my experience... and for those wondering, yes it goes away after a few weeks but inevitably returns... hope there is a real diagnosis one day! (Additional info: I rarely to never use hair products like mouse/ gels; I often times let my hair air dry and I don't over style it; I dye my fair with a temporary color every couple months; I have naturally straight, fine textured hair; 27 year old female.) Hope this helps, God bless you and hang in there
From:(Anonymous)
Date:February 11th, 2013 12:41 pm (UTC)
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So I've been having this problem lately also. I asked my hairdresser about it at my last trim. She told me to use baking soda in my shampoo twice a month. I used it last night and what a difference! My hair is silky soft like it was before. I mixed a tablespoon of baking soda with my usual handful of shampoo. Then washed my hair, leaving the mixture on for about 3 minutes before rinsing. Next time I am only supposed to use a teaspoon. Hope this helps!
From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 18th, 2013 03:56 pm (UTC)
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Just tried the shampoo and baking soda wash and amazing! My hair is starting to look alive again :)
I can still feel slight stickiness whilst drying my hair but what a huge improvement! Thanks for posting!
From:(Anonymous)
Date:May 24th, 2013 02:30 pm (UTC)
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Thank you for your post. I started having the greasy hair problem just recently on my last months of pregnancy. I tried mixing baking soda into my shampoo and it worked for me :-) after drying the hair was not greasy at all!
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From:red_pill
Date:June 16th, 2013 09:38 pm (UTC)
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do you use conditnoer afterwards
From:(Anonymous)
Date:September 21st, 2013 09:38 pm (UTC)
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I have had this problem for over a week now. I tried baking soda with my shampoo and my hair looks totally normal after the wash. I did not use my conditioner after the wash and my hair still feels soft. The only prob is... I had little rashes on my neck and back after the wash ('coz of the baking soda i used), may be because I have a sensitive skin.. but am sure its gonna be normal in 2-3hrs. Am happy that my hair is alive again. Thanks for the post, it worked for me!!!

Beware of the rashes if you have a sensitive skin, u can get the wash done by ur stylist at the salon!!!
From:(Anonymous)
Date:February 11th, 2013 01:27 pm (UTC)
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I have this too really bad. I tried using a clarifying shampoo and ACV rinses but it wont go away. My hair is already damaged and all these things are making it worse.. I think i'll just shave my head :(
From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 27th, 2013 04:24 am (UTC)
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I just tried a capful of Listerine diluted with water and it helped immensely! The ACV rinses are probably what’s damaging your hair...maybe try a dry shampoo with a Listerine rinse? Hope this helps!
From:(Anonymous)
Date:February 24th, 2013 09:26 am (UTC)
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I've had this same problems for the last few months. It's making me so depressed. The hair at the crown of my head is sticky and looks greasy. I've tried switching shampoo so many times and have tried a tea tree shampoo today which says it removes build up of other shampoos. But I've just dried my hair and its still the same! I'm seriously considering shaving it all off! I hate it so much. I don't know what else to do.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:September 29th, 2013 08:44 am (UTC)
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Ugh I know I said the exact same thing I find it absolutely disgusting and I want to shave it all off immediately !!! :( I hope I find a cure quick !
From:(Anonymous)
Date:March 23rd, 2013 07:27 pm (UTC)
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Hi, I have had this problem, ive found it gets worse when the weather is cold, but I tried changing to a repair shampoo and using a specialised 'oil treatment' on my hair which seems do the job! However, I am curious to know if anyone else has tried the baking powder treatment and if it has worked for them?
From:(Anonymous)
Date:March 25th, 2013 01:32 am (UTC)
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Apple cider vin. for 10 min. Followed by a wash with Suave Clarifying shampoo worked like a charm! Thanks for the suggestions! My daily washed hair was a greasy mess for a week until I tried these products.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 5th, 2013 07:15 am (UTC)
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I face greasy/waxy hair after shampoo-ing periodically for the past 1 year.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 5th, 2013 07:47 am (UTC)
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I'm Female, 23, in Singapore, with waist length hair. I face greasy/waxy hair after shampoo-ing periodically for the past 2 years. I have to say, I change shampoo once in awhile but mainly I use Head & Shoulder.

I tried several methods which DID NOT work for me, they are:
1. Re-wash with shampoo, thoroughly & intensively, focusing on cleaning the sculp area
2. After shampoo-ing, twist hair dry and apply hair conditional on whole head. Apply for about 5 minutes before washing off
3. Use hair-dryer to fully dry hair after every wash
4. Immediate comb hair after wash (separate the clumped hair)

Many so-called solutions were brought up and some of the common ones are: Apple cider vinegar, baking soda powder, Listerine, Suave Clarifying Shampoo....

I have to admit, I tried none as I'm afraid that it might make the situation worst.

The method that worked for me was: CHANGING SHAMPOO. I have swap from using Head & Shoulder to using Ginvera Green Tea Pomelo Shampoo (refer to image below), I don't know why but it worked instantly after the 1st wash. No exaggeration. And of cos I still do use hair conditional.

I don't know if it works for anyone else but since it is working for me, would like to share with all. Hope this helps.

From:(Anonymous)
Date:September 17th, 2013 04:18 am (UTC)
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Thanks, I am in Singapore too, and I wondered if I would be able to get the Shampoos that many of these women are talking about. I will look for this Shampoo on the shelf next time I am at NTUC. Until then, I might try the Bakin soda in my next wash and see if that helps.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:December 6th, 2013 07:04 pm (UTC)
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I'm from Singapore too and I was using head and shoulders for the past years ass it successfully keeps my dandruff prone hair in control. However, ever since they changed into their "new formula".. This waxy hair started for me. Changing shampoo will help but I think it is only short term as it does not control the dandruff problem and the flakes will come back after awhile. I suspect the new formula was also the cause of your waxy hair.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:June 10th, 2013 08:09 pm (UTC)
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I had this problem back in 09 when I stopped dying my hair and growing it for my wedding. My hairdresser was stumped. I tried everything and spent a lot of money. It was on my crown and behind my ear. It was horrible, I didn't want to go out and have people thing I was dirty. I went to a local beauty supply store and the owner had had the same problem. She recommend a shampoo and conditioner for me to use once a week. It worked right away. But now a week ago it started again. I thought I was done with this!! My problem is I dont have these products anymore, I used them up. I tried going back to that supply store to talk to the owner again but they aren't there anymore...errrr. Both times this has happened I had just recently stopped dying my hair. Also last time I had changed my birth control and this time I had stopped taking it. I'm starting to thing this greasy hair problem is connected to one of these or both of these changes.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:September 20th, 2013 04:58 am (UTC)
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The same thing happened to me, i have always had dyed blonde hair so never really experienced any grease at all, if anything its a bit dry. I washed my hair as normal and came out of the shower with literally roots looking as though i had poured cooking oil on it. I washed it three times after that with three different shampoo's, once with cold water, once with hot, without conditioner, blowing drying it and leaving it to dry naturally and nothing changed, if anything it got worse. It lasted for about a week and i was mortified to have a greasy mop. I have recently just moved to vietnam from the uk and thought maybe it was something to do with the water but i had been here a month already and nothing had happened before. Anyway my boyfriend suggested maybe it was a reaction to some really strong vietnamese antibiotis i had been taking. I also went to a pharmacy and got some medicated shampoo as alot of the products recommended on here are not available here, it worked really well and once i stopped taking the pills everything cleared up. So the two may or may not have been related im not sure. It was reassuring to see other people had also suffered from this and that hopefully it wasnt permenant.
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From:Nickelle Ismert
Date:November 3rd, 2013 10:43 pm (UTC)
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I don't know if anyone is still posting here or has anymore suggestions but I've been dealing with this suddenly "waxy" & "greasy" hair for several months now. I feel like I've tried everything! It came on really suddenly and I thought at first that I just wasn't scrubbing good enough in the shower. Then I thought perhaps it was the shampoo/conditioner I was using so I switched (several times) and still nothing. I did some research for suggestions and tried Nizoral 1% solution shampoo and it seemed to help a little…it feels soft and shiny right after but within a few hours it looks greasy and waxy again. I tried just putting my hair up and ignoring it for a few days thinking perhaps I had over washed, so I let it go for three days (it looked and felt AWFUL! Yuck!) and when I washed I thought maybe I had cured the problem. My hair looked about 75% better for about a day and a half and then went back to greasy and waxy looking/feeling. I've tried cheap shampoo/conditioners and expensive ones, natural one, semi-natural ones, medicated ones…I tried the acv rinse…nothing seems to work! And it is driving me crazy! I am ready to just cut all my hair off so I don't have to deal with this anymore!
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From:Chelsey Doss Walker
Date:November 22nd, 2013 05:51 am (UTC)
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That sounds EXACTLY like what I'm going through!! Girl I wish I knew too .. Never has this problem in my life. If you figure anything out let me know!
From:(Anonymous)
Date:December 15th, 2013 09:38 pm (UTC)
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Hi, I was also suffering from the same problem. Waxy and oily hair at the top if my head that neither looked nor felt great. This had been going on for a couple weeks. I usually wash my hair every day, but I was lazy over the past two days and didnt wash it. Today, after I washed my hair and dried it, the wax/oil had dramatically decreased on my head. There's still a little there, but barely. I am so releaved that its gone. After this, I'm guessing that the cause of this might've been washing your hair too much. It might sound disgusting, but try not washing your hair for a day or two and see what happens!

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