· By Carly Bitz
How To Train Your Hair To Be Less Greasy: An Essential Guide
Gone are the days where we all used to wash and style our hair every morning. I mean, who has the time anyway? Washing your hair everyday actually creates greasy roots because shampoo strips your hair of it's natural oils - causing your scalp to overproduce oil to compensate.
Spacing out washes gives your hair a chance to absorb natural oils (necessary for strong, healthy locks) and trains your hair to be less greasy. I tend to wash my hair depending on my weekly plans - usually every 3 days. It's not so much the washing that is taxing, but the hour long process of blowdrying and curling/straightening.
Below are some easy tips to combat oil and train your hair to go longer in-between washes.
The Holy Grail
Dry shampoo is a game-changer. A miracle worker. A holy grail. Section your hair and spray on your roots for an instant refresh. With the help of dry shampoo, I've been able to go 3-4 days in-between washes.
Some dry shampoos create a white film, so test out a few to find your favorite. I find that some drug store brands work better for my hair type than the salon grade.
Most people use dry shampoo once they notice their roots are getting a little greasy, I recommend using it after styling the first day for a boost of volume.
Easy on the Products
I will vouch for high-quality products forever. The downside is if you use too much you can weigh down your hair. Skip the product build-up by using minimal hairspray and creme. Remember, a little goes a long way.
Rock a Second Day Style
Have you ever tried putting your hair into a messy bun with super silky, freshly-washed hair? It just doesn't have that perfect texture of second-day hair. Capitalize on your dirty strands and try a braid or a half-up half-down 'do. Don't forget to add one of our soft headbands for a pop of color.
For hairstyle inspo, check out our blog '9 Second Day Hairstyles That You (And Your Hair) Will Love'.
When you do wash, add a clarifying shampoo into your routine. This type of shampoo is formulated without sulfates and deep cleans your scalp. Say goodbye to any and all build up.
This shampoo shouldn't be used every wash because it can dry out your locks. Opt for a more gentle shampoo every other week.
Work With Your Hair Type
Under-washing can be just as bad for your hair as over-washing, depending on your hair type. If you notice build up or an itchy and irritated scalp, it's time to wash.
Over-washing isn't as much as a problem as over-styling. If you have fine hair that needs to be washed everyday, make sure you are using heat protectant or opt for a heatless style a few days a week.