Can You Train Your Hair to Be Less Greasy?

Curated by Claudia Shannon / Research Scientist / ishonest

  • What Is Hair Training?
  • How To Train Your Hair To Be Less Greasy
  • Is Hair Training Effective For All Hair Types?
  • Final Thoughts

What Is Hair Training?

Hair training involves minimizing shampoo usage so that the scalp produces less oil. When you wash your hair frequently, the harsh chemicals strip the natural oils, triggering the scalp to produce more oils to compensate for the moisture loss.

When you wash your hair less frequently, it produces less oil. This may not feel comfortable initially, but your scalp and hair will eventually get used to the routine. Hair training helps strike a balance between too little and too much washing.

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In the next section, learn how to train your hair to be less greasy.

How To Train Your Hair To Be Less Greasy

1. Use A Clarifying Shampoo

A clarifying shampoo contains sulfates for thorough cleansing. If you plan to go without hair washing for 1-2 weeks, it is better to use a clarifying shampoo to remove all dirt, grease, and buildup from your scalp. However, clarifying shampoos should not be used more than once in two weeks.

If your hair feels greasy in between or you want to go without washing for not more than 2-4 days, you may use a mild, sulfate-free, and herbal shampoo to wash your hair.

2. Use Dry Shampoos In Between Washes

Dry shampoos come in handy when you are training your hair to go without washes. These come in powder or spray form and absorb excess oil and grease from your scalp. Dry shampoos can extend the time between your hair washes.

3. Use Conditioner Wisely
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Conditioning is crucial when you want to extend the in-between wash days. Never apply conditioner to the scalp as it may cause buildup and greasiness. Start from the mid-lengths and go to the ends. As a result, your hair will feel smooth and soft for days.

4. Use Warm And Cold Water

The water temperature can affect scalp health. Hot water can dry out the scalp, making it produce more oils. Hence, use warm water when shampooing to open up the cuticles and finish with cold water to close them.

5. Limit Hair Product Usage

Try not to use hair styling products. Hairsprays, mousses, serums, and other styling products may cause buildup and greasiness. You may use just one styling product to manage flyaways and frizz. Also, avoid touching your hair frequently.

6. Use An Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse

You may use apple cider vinegar on day four or five. Diluted ACV rinse helps prevent scalp buildup and keep your hair shiny. Mix 4 tablespoons of ACV with 200 ml of water. Pour it on your head, work it through the scalp and roots, leave it on for 3-5 minutes and rinse off.

7. Brush Your Hair Wisely
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Too much brushing can stimulate the scalp to produce more oils, and not enough brushing may cause buildup. To hit the sweet spot and strike a balance, use a paddle brush with boar bristles. Brush from the top to the hair ends, ensuring proper distribution of natural oils.

8. Use A Blow Dryer

If your hair becomes too greasy by the fourth or fifth day, use a blow dryer on a low heat setting to dry up the grease. Flip your head upside down, shake your hair, and you are good to go.

9. Try Different Hair Styles

If you feel your roots look too dirty and greasy, style your hair in curls or tie it into a loose and messy bun. They look chic and hide greasiness effectively.

These steps may help train your hair and scalp to produce less grease and stay fresh for long. Does it give equal results for all hair types? Find out next.

Is Hair Training Effective For All Hair Types?

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The answer is – yes and no. It all depends on how your hair and scalp behave when you try to train them. Multiple factors affect the sebaceous gland activity on your scalp:

  • Hormonal changes
  • Climatic changes
  • Humidity levels
  • Medical conditions (dermatitis, eczema, and psoriasis)
  • Intake of contraceptive pills
  • Hormone medications
  • Hair care practices and heat styling

If you have a naturally oily scalp, you may or may not see any difference. However, if you have a dry scalp and wrong hair care practices and products have turned it oily, you may see some results. If you have dandruff, hair training may worsen it. Your hair and scalp may take time to adjust to the new routine. However, its efficacy depends on how they respond to it.

Final Thoughts

Hair training may or may not work for all. It depends on multiple factors and how your hair and scalp respond to the training. Prolonging the time between washes may help those who have dry and damaged hair as this minimizes the exposure to chemicals in the hair care products.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does age affect the oil in your scalp?

Yes, with age, the sebaceous glands on the scalp produce less oils.

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