Do you have freshly washed hair one day but somehow by the next you’re tackling greasy roots? We feel you! There is nothing worse than waking up in the morning with oily hair and no time to jump in the shower, so how can you keep your hair from becoming filled with grease in what feels like a few hours? Do you start skipping hair wash days? But won’t this mean that you have to deal with your fair share of bad hair days? So many questions to consider, but girl you’re in luck, as your personal haircare gurus, we’ve put together a host of handy hacks on how to train your hair to be less greasy.
A Guide On How To Train Your Hair To Be Less Greasy
Greasy hair is something that we all have to deal with, its totally natural and in fact, essential in keeping your locks healthy. What many fail to consider is that oily hair doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s dirty, but instead your scalp trying it’s very hardest to keep your hair nourished. On your scalp is sebaceous glands, which are responsible for producing sebum, otherwise known as oil. Every time you wash your hair, you remove this layer of oil, then for the next few days, your scalp will start reproducing the sebum needed to prevent your locks from drying out. This is why you are likely to find that the more often you wash your hair, the quicker it will become greasy as your scalp becomes familiarised with how fast it needs to start reproducing oil.
So how can you teach those sebaceous glands to take a step back and finally allow you to have just a few extra days of fresh hair? You’ll be pleased to know that training your hair is relatively straightforward and you can start with the following steps:
- Choose Your Shampoo Wisely
- Rinse With A Lower Temperature
- Nourish Your Hair With Treatments
- Use A Boar Bristle Brush
- Eat The Right Vitamins
- Dry Shampoo The Roots
- Perfect Your Signature Updos
First up is your choice in shampoo, which you’ll be surprised to know is one of the most significant contributing factors towards how quickly your hair becomes greasy. Now, you’ve probably heard a million times that the best way to take control of oily hair is to shampoo less frequently, and this is true. Shampoos are designed to cleanse your hair which involves stripping the oils, so of course, the more you use it, the harder your sebaceous glands will be forced to work. This means that if just like many of us, you are guilty of overwashing your hair, you’re actually training it to do the opposite and encouraging your locks to become greasy quicker. We suggest aiming to cut your washing schedule down to every two or three days at least, stretching longer if possible. If you are one of the many still working from home down to the pandemic, then now is the perfect time to start reducing how often you wash your hair.
When you do wash your hair, it’s important to keep in mind the type of shampoo that you use; it needs a steady balance between the ability to thoroughly remove all dirt while keeping your locks moisturised. The best choice would be a clarifying shampoo, which is designed to gently wash away all of the grime and products that have built up on your hair. They act just like a face exfoliator, but for your locks, keeping your scalp and follicles at optimum health. This makes them perfect for our hair extension girls as they allow you to prevent dirt and oil from accumulating at the roots, risking your bonds becoming loose. However, as clarifying shampoos are just that little more powerful than their alternatives, it’s a good idea to limit your use to a few days a week instead of every wash. Why not take a browse through our shampoo for hair extensions and treat yourself to clarifying products?
There’s nothing better than jumping into a warm shower at the end of a busy day, but did you know that those extra few degrees may be the reason behind your greasy hair? Just like hot baths dry out your skin, washing your locks using a higher temperature will dehydrate both your hair and scalp. In return, this will cause your sebaceous glands to overproduce to make up for the lost oil. So, if you have started to wash your hair less frequently but noticed no improvements, this is likely to be the reason why.
Don’t worry, we’re not going to try and persuade you to say goodbye to those long, relaxing showers but instead, give you an alternative routine. This involves starting off washing your hair with warm water, not hot, to ensure that you can get plenty of foam to work into the scalp. However, once you have finished washing your hair, give it one last rinse with cooler water. The warm water will open your hair cuticles, allowing you to cleanse thoroughly, then the lower temperature will close them, trapping all of the goodness from your products in your hair and scalp.
Now more than ever, we all deserve a much-needed treat, and your hair is no different. And in this instance, there is no need to check-in at an expensive hair salon for your grease-banishing treatment as its more than likely that you’ll have what you need tucked away in your cupboards.
Although many assume that the word “nourish” only relates to treatments filled with oils to moisturise your locks, this isn’t necessarily the case and is most definitely a no-go if you’re already battling greasy hair. Nourishing your hair and scalp can be any treatment that is brimming with nutrients, able to provide a healthy boost. With this in mind, a great hack is to work a little apple cider vinegar into your roots before rinsing it with warm water. This will help not only to get rid of any accumulated oil on your scalp but will also restore the natural pH balance of your hair. The nature of apple cider vinegar means that it is just acidic enough to cleanse your hair but still gentle enough that it will not strip all of the natural goodness out of your locks.
If you have been using stronger shampoos to try and reduce the oiliness of your scalp, then you may be finding that the ends of your hair are feeling a little dry. To prevent your locks from becoming brittle and weak, we recommend using a hair mask or deep conditioner once a week. Work these treatments only into the ends of your hair, avoiding the roots to prevent a build-up of product. You can find a range of deep nourishing treatments and conditioners for hair extensions over on our hair care page.
There is nothing better than smooth, tangle-free locks, but it is important to find a brushing balance. Overbrushing your hair starts to stimulate your oil production meaning that although at first, your hair may look beautifully glossy, within a day it will turn to grease. Brushing your hair too little, on the other hand, allows oil to build up on your scalp, making the top greasy but the ends dry. The key to finding your balance is to use a paddle boar bristle brush as it allows you to grab any excess oil from your scalp and evenly distribute it down to the ends. Try to limit your brushing to first thing in the morning then again before you go to bed.
If you have hair extensions fitted, then this will be slightly different as you do not want to put any tension on the bonds. We would always recommend using a soft bristle brush without any balls on the end of the bristle as these can easily catch on your bonds, particularly if you have nano ring hair extensions. When brushing, always start from the bottom, holding the lengths of your hair before working your way up. For those with clip-in extensions that are not permanently fitted to the hair, we advise using the same method as brushing too harshly can cause the extensions to become loose from the wefts.
Once you have invested in the right brush, then it is vital to ensure that you keep it clean. Each time that you brush your hair, the bristles become coated in a layer of products, whether this may be hair spray, leave-in conditioner or dry shampoo. This means that every time you brush your hair, you are working this excess product into your roots. For a guide on how to thoroughly clean your hairbrush, take a look at Real Simple.
Being inside during the lockdown may mean that you have given in to a life of treats and have been rushing to your favourite takeaway to make up for the lost time – and we feel you. But, the bad news is that eating too many greasy, unhealthy foods will inevitably make your hair more oily. So, while we are not saying that you need to say goodbye to your cheat days forever, we are going to recommend including particular, grease-battling vitamins into your diet.
Foods which are rich in vitamin B2 and vitamin B6 are fantastic for reducing the sebum production in your body, meaning that your scalp will slowly start to produce less oil. Luckily, there are tonnes of tasty ingredients which are super easy to incorporate into your meals and are packed with these essential vitamins, including the following:
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To help you to get out of the routine of overwashing your hair, use dry shampoo to your advantage. There is likely to be days where your hair is slightly greasy at the root, but don’t be tempted to jump straight under the shower as a few spritzes of dry shampoo is likely to do the job. If you are keeping your hair down, then putting a little dry shampoo just on the areas of the root that you’ll be able to see should mask any oil. For those attempting an updo, on the other hand, you may need to part your hair into small sections and then spray area each to cover your entire head. Be sure to massage the product into your hair to ensure that there are no powdery patches. For more tips on how to use dry shampoo, take a look at Good Housekeeping.
While there is nothing wrong with having your hair down, you may find that sticking to this style every day is making your locks greasier quicker. When your hair is down, you’re likely to touch it a lot more throughout the day, which means that any oil on your hands will transfer and begin to build up. So, to keep your hair fresher for longer, we suggest spending some time perfecting your signature updo. This will be perfect for those days where your hair is starting to look a little greasy and dull, yet is too early to rewash your hair.
There are so many beautiful updos which you can begin experimenting with, many of which can be perfected in just a few minutes before you head off for the day. Some of our favourites include:
- Low, Loose Bun – This is ideal for those who want to keep their hair out of the way but want to avoid tight, damaging styles. Take a look at
Alex Gaboury’s YouTube channel for three super easy yet stunning low bun hairstyles.
- Dutch Braids – Nothing is better for hiding greasy hair than Dutch braids. For instructions on how to do a Dutch braid, along with 25 gorgeous hairstyles to try out, take a look at Style Craze.
- Slick Ponytail – If you adore Ariana Grande’s signature ponytail, then this style is most definitely suited to you. Simply slick your hair back into the ponytail height of your choice, and you’re good to go. To take your look from day to night, why not pop in a few glitzy hair slides?
Say Goodbye To Oily Roots For Good!
Training your hair to be less greasy is all about adapting your routine to not only avoid overwashing but also ensuring that when you do wash your locks, you are using the right products. Keeping in mind all of the tips we have mentioned above and incorporating them into your lifestyle will mean that with time, your roots will be far less oily, allowing you to enjoy fresher hair for longer.