If we have to make a haircare journal, training for oily hair will be on top. It is something that even the laziest of us want to get rid of. Because it just does not look comfortable, it is itchy and results in excessive hair fall.
And ladies, those extra five minutes of shampoo and covering your hair with a scarf won’t fix this. You have to properly train your hair to make it less oily. Yes, you can teach your sebum-seeping follicles to have a break and produce less oil than normal.
Here’s how you can do this.
- Wash your hair with Sulfate-Free Shampoo and Conditioner
Sulfates are ingredients that are used in almost all cleaning products that produce lather - Especially in our shampoos and conditioners. Now, for the first few uses of a sulfate product, your hair might feel clean, but over time your scalp might overproduce oil product and result in itchiness and dryness.
That’s because sulfates are very good at cleaning. In fact, so good that they change the production of natural sebum oil on your scalp. So to keep the greasiness to a minimum and ensure that your hair is not dry, opt for a sulfate-free shampoo formulated with natural ingredients.
These products are designed to not just clean your hair but also ensure optimal care of strands without stripping the natural oils required.
- Wash it less often
Girls, you don’t have to wash your hair every day! Even if you use a sulfate-free shampoo. Overwashing can strip your natural scalp oil resulting in dryness, itchiness, and in worst cases premature hair fall.
The ideal washing routine, even for sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner is twice weekly. The best you can do this is thrice per week, but any longer than this will is not recommended.
- Use a Dry Shampoo for Rush Days
If you’re someone who can’t fathom but to wash their hair every day, use a dry shampoo between your washes. A dry shampoo, unlike regular shampoo, is a powder-like product that you can quickly sprinkle on your scalp and get rid of all the dirt.
If you’ve never tried it, we recommend you buy one today. Just a spray of this product can give you an extra day without a wash. Part your hair in small sections, and spray the products on your roots to ensure your entire scalp is covered.
- Try a detangler spray
A detangler spray is a perfect product to train your hair to become less oily. Depending on the product you buy, they are made of essential ingredients like Aloe water and essential oils to make your hair fresh, shiny, and fresh all day long. It’s great at reviving day-two or three hair without making it too much greasy.
- Wear your hair properly
Depending on how long your hair is, it might start looking a bit dirty around day two or three, but that’s OK. You can always switch to a new style and prepare your hair for the next wash.
The best way to do this is to wear your hair up. Any style will work here. A simple bun, upsweep, wedge, bangs, you name it. These styles are chic and will look perfect on your hair despite the greasy look. And in case you don’t like the texture on top, dry shampoo will make them better.
- Give your hair a herbal hair treatment
Everyone deserves haircare treatment every now and then, and what’s better than using a natural product? Herbal powders like Amla, shikakai, neem, and bhringraj are perfect for controlling the sebum product on your scalp. They not only allow you to train your hair for right amount of oil, but also make them stronger, shinier, and balanced.
Plus, they make your hair nourished, and well hydrated for a perfect hair wash. Just use any of the herbal powder we mentioned on your scalp and let it sit for 30 minutes. Get rid of excessive oil and itchy scalp after just the first wash - it’s that effective.
- Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is known for its ability to balance the PH level of your scalp. Not only does it improves the quality of your roots but it also nourishes them and makes them stronger. And the best part, it is cheaper than most haircare products.
A quick DIY recipe is to take 2 tablespoons of baking soda and mix it with 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar. Let the paste sit on your hair for 10 minutes and then rinse it off with a sulfate-free shampoo. Do this twice weekly and see the results.
- Limit the use of styling your hair
Girls! I know styling products like hair dryer and straightener looks marvelous. They give your hair a perfect shine and make them look awesome at parties. But guess what, excessive use of heat can damage your strand and can result in hair fall.
Limit the use of hair styling products, please. Do it only when it’s super necessary. Otherwise, try to use the good old combing technique. Use detangler spray to tame your hair or bun if you have to.
- Eat healthily - It’s good for your body
We know this one is a give, but it seriously makes the most sense. Eating healthy food will make your body better, not just from the inside but from the outside as well. If you regularly eat greasy foods, then expect your hair to a blast of greasiness.
Fruits and vegetables have plenty of hydrating ingredients that improve the overall health of your hair. Adding vitamins A, E, B2, and B6 to your diet can balance the production of sebum.
- Brush your hair the right way
Everyone loves the good feel of brushing. But if you have oily hair, you have to be extra careful of that. Too much brushing stimulates your scalp which means more oil production. On the other side, too less brushing leads to a buildup of oil on your scalp.
That’s why it is important to pick the sweet spot and brush only when it’s required. Best use a paddle brush, with boar bristles, and only brush the top of your har. Do it after washing for 1 or 2 and then when you feel like it.