Can You Train Your Hair To Be Less Greasy?
Incase you haven’t noticed, there’s been a huge surge in the no-poo movement recently. This is the fine art of completely scrapping shampoo in the quest for healthier and less greasy hair. As much as we’re all for promoting hair health, we feel like this a little extreme but we’re definitely up for anything that will help to beat the grease.
There’s been a lot of talk about training your hair to be less greasy or to produce less oil but this is a little bit of a myth. Your scalp constantly produces oil, which unfortunately is something you can’t change. You can however train your hair to go longer between washes with some handy tips that will help you to control the grease. Here’s what you need to do...
How can I train my hair to be less greasy??
It all starts with spacing out how often you wash your hair. If you’re washing your hair everyday at the moment then try washing it every other day and stretching out the gap. Obviously there’s going to be an adjustment period, so expect to have greasy hair at some point but it’ll be worth it in the long run.
Pick the right dry shampoo…
You’re definitely going to need a dry shampoo, especially at the start when you’re really testing your hair between washes. What you don’t want to do though, is use one that leaves way too much residue on your scalp. These will build up and irritate your skin in the long term and make your hair even more prone to greasiness. Instead go for something lightweight, that uses natural ingredients like the one from Klorane. It’s made with oat milk and they have a nettle infused version which is made specifically to help regulate oil production.
Don’t go overboard with products
The less products you use on your hair the better if you want to go longer between washes. Using loads of hairspray for example will only buildup on your roots and make your hair look greasy if you use too much. Try and keep your styling products to a minimum and only use the recommended amount to avoid overloading your scalp.
Sleep on a silk pillowcase
If you find you’re going to bed with squeaky clean locks but waking up with greasy ones then your cotton pillowcase could be the culprit. Cotton is really absorbent so it will suck up the sebum on your scalp and encourage it to produce even more. This is why it’s so much better to switch to a silk pillowcase as it’s way less absorbent, softer and will help you to hold your style in place while you sleep.
What shampoo should I use?
To avoid an oily scalp you want to use a shampoo that’s really gentle, so that you don’t strip back your skin and make it produce more oil. You definitely want to avoid sulphates as they’re really harsh, or anything that’s really heavy as it’ll leave too much residue on your strands. Instead go for something like the OGX Purifying Charcoal Detox Shampoo which will gently remove any product build up to leave your hair looking refreshed.
As much as you can’t stop oil production from happening, we’re hoping these tips will keep your hair a little fresher than normal in between washes. If oily strands are your biggest hair concern then you definitely need to read our top 5 hacks for when your hair is seriously greasy too. They’ll be a lifesaver when you’re trying to skip washing!