Hair feels sticky/greasy immediately after washing... Please help!


We recently moved to a new home and I noticed that after washing my hair, the back crown area would feel thick and sticky as though it still had product in it. However, I use very mild shampoo and am very careful about rinsing it out. I also began using Neutrogena purifying shampoo which helped a little but not much. Could there be something in the water causing this problem? It is an old house (built in the '50s). What can we do to test the water or fix it? I already added a water filter to the shower head but that didn't do anything. Please help, I have never had any problems with greasy hair which is what makes me think it is the water! Also, my roommate is having the exact same problem so I know it isn't my shampoo or anything in my diet. Thank you in advance!
Aug 26, 2012 @ 11:08 pm

9 Replies


Quick Fix

I suggest trying dry shampoo as a temporary fix, until you figure out the water situation. Oscar Blandi dry shampoo will eliminate the greasy look and feel instantaneously without weighing down your hair! I suggest using it supplementary to your regular shampoo, until the issue is resolved... Hope this helps!

Aug 26, 2012 @ 11:53 pm

iron in water?

look what i found,could it be possible that you have lots of iron in the water? this person also mentioned that the hair becomes orange from the iron.
someone answers vinegar rinse, another one says baking soda in shampoo.

Aug 26, 2012 @ 11:59 pm

some remedies

found some remedies:

Step 1

Pour 1 qt. of distilled water into a clean plastic jug. Add 1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar to the distilled water. If you are using a jug with a narrow opening, guide the distilled water and apple cider vinegar into the clean plastic jug using a funnel. Keep the jug of diluted apple cider vinegar on hand for your final rinse.

Step 2

Wash your hair as you normally would. Use a clarifying shampoo that will help strip your hair of the iron deposits. Squeeze a quarter-sized amount of clarifying shampoo into the palm of your hand and massage it into your wet hair.

Step 3

Rinse your hair with water from your shower to remove the clarifying shampoo. Squeeze a quarter-sized amount of clarifying conditioner into your hand and massage it into your hair and scalp. Allow the clarifying conditioner to sit in your hair for 5 to 10 minutes.

Step 4

Close your eyes and carefully pour the apple cider vinegar water over your head, removing the clarifying conditioner. Continue pouring the contents of the jug through your hair until your hair, until empty. The acid in the apple cider vinegar will help rinse away the iron and any other hard water deposits.

Tips and Warnings
You may find it easier to wash your hair in the kitchen sink, setting the jug on the counter next to you instead of lugging it into the shower. You can also use the apple cider vinegar and distilled water to wash and condition your hair, eliminating your hair's exposure to the iron water.
Do not rinse your hair with the water from your shower or tap after rinsing with the diluted vinegar. Doing so will only re-introduce the iron and hard water deposits to your hair.

good luck

Aug 27, 2012 @ 12:05 am

if acid helps....

if vinegar helps because of the acid i recommend trying following shampoo(a conditioner is available as well) i use it myself and love this shampoo(it has lemon it it)
its from avalon organics
i bought mine from london drugs,but i saw it in other stores as well(superstore in the health section with organic stuff)

Aug 27, 2012 @ 12:10 am

Hard Water

I found this happens to me if I use shampoo or conditioner that is for color treated hair and my dyed hair has grown out it gets that horrible sticky feeling that doesn't rinse out but you mentioned you use a mild shampoo so I guess that isn't the problem.

Vinegar as mystictiger mentioned is a very good idea and it is also very good for your hair..

It does sound like you have hard water and getting deposits on your hair.Try the vinegar to try cut the deposits and build up or try find a good clarifying shampoo. I'm sure there are shampoos/conditioners on the market for hard water build up..

Aug 29, 2012 @ 10:39 pm

Shampoo for greasy hair

You can try some Dry Shampoo that would relief you from such problems. I suppose its the water that's creating such problem.

Aug 30, 2012 @ 01:01 am

Problem solved!

I've had this same problem for the last few months, I've tried tea tree shampoo with a small improvement and have finally solved the problem with tony and guy cleanse shampoo, it's specifically for product build up and was recommended by my hair dresser after I showed her my hair. Noticed a massive difference the first time I used it and after using it 3 times (with a small amount of conditioner) my hair is normal again! I'm so happy I could cry! I had seriously considered having my head shaved as I was so upset and disgusted by my hair! Thoroughly recommend trying it and a bit of perseverance!
Feb 28, 2013 @ 09:19 pm

Problem solved still?

I too have this same problem. Has they gunk re-appeared? Where can I get this shampoo?
Thanks for you help
Jan 06, 2014 @ 10:38 am


Great tips.

You can also try Malibu C hard water powder. It removes all traces of build up and your hair will look absolutely amazing. It smells weird but it's inexpensive and 100% vegan and cruelty free. Check out their website
Mar 30, 2015 @ 10:56 am

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