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Having greasy hair is a cyclical problem: You wash your hair often to keep it looking fresh and clean, but overwashing ends up producing more oil. Is Mother Nature playing some kind of joke? How can hair get oilier from trying to keep it clean? Here’s the thing: Once you strip your hair of its natural oils, the scalp goes into oil production overload, undoing everything you’re trying to combat. Sigh.
Unfortunate as this news might be, we come bearing relief. You can actually train your hair to be less greasy. How? It’s all about spacing out your washes. Each hair type and texture has different needs and requires different treatment, but these tips will get you started and on the right track. Sure, the first few weeks of your new hair-training regimen might be difficult—especially since the oiliness won’t halt right away—but we promise you’ll agree it was all worth it once you start seeing results.
News flash: Most shampoos contain sudsy detergents that over-cleanse your scalp called sulfates. For the first few uses of a sulfate shampoo, your hair might feel squeaky-clean, but over time your body could overproduce oil to make up for the dryness. So to keep the greasiness to a minimum, opt for gentle, sulfate-free shampoo formulas to cleanse your strands without stripping your scalp or hair of the oils necessary for strong, healthy hair.
If you’re someone who couldn’t fathom going a single day without washing your hair because your strands accumulate way too much oil, fight the urge and skip your daily hair wash. It might sound counterintuitive, but the less you wash your hair, the better off it’ll be. If your usual technique involves an aimless spray of dry shampoo, try this technique instead: part your hair in small sections from ear to ear and spray the product at the roots to ensure your entire head is covered. If your roots get extra greasy, however, the trick is to apply dry shampoo immediately after you’ve washed your hair.
Depending on your hair type, your roots might start looking a bit dirty around day three, but that’s okay. The beauty is that you can really capitalize on the grease for don’t-care ‘dos. These styles are chic but purposefully messy, meaning a little grease and texture from the dry shampoo will only make it better. We love a low, loose chignon that you can either tie up with a hair tie. Or, work with the grease instead of against it, and try out a slicked back wet look on the last day before a wash. To do so, combine equal parts gel and cream to create a styling balm that allows for soft, touchable hold, and use your fingers to rake the product through the length of your hair. No one will know it wasn’t clean to begin with.
How long you can go between washes depends on your hair type and texture (fine, thick, wavy, coily, or damaged hair, for instance), but try to prolong the time between washes as long as you can (anywhere from every other day to once a week). And remember two key things afterward: touch it as sparingly as possible, and don’t overuse styling products. Loads of hair spray and creams cause buildup on the scalp, which then leads to excess grease, so it’s best to skip these if you can.
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