7 Tips to stop your hair getting so greasy, so quickly. It is so easy to fall into a daily hair washing cycle. We all know how nice it is to have fresh roots day-in-day out!!
It can be much harder to work your way back out again. Once you’ve trained your hair into a regular rinse, it can feel icky and greasy if you try and eke and extra day out of it.
But, just think of all the extra time that could be spent watching your favourite box set or catching up on that much needed sleep, if we could cut back on the wash and blow drys.
So I want to share with you 7 tips to beat having greasy hair.
And, if you can’t bear to leave hair unwashed for longer than a day, you’re in luck, because these top tips and tricks will give you the best hair of your life, plus an extra hour in bed. Winning!!
It’s essential to select your shampoo and conditioner really carefully. Personally I love Joico products, which we do have available in the salon for retail. Avoid any shampoo and conditioner labelled with the words: ‘dry’, ‘damaged’, ‘smoothing’ or ‘glossy’.
They may all just be coating the hair in a fine film, which is good for what it states, but not good if your hair is prone to looking greasy. The coating will add to the oil produced and cause the hair to become dull and oily looking.
Your diet can have a direct impact on the condition of your hair, so try to avoid oil in your daily food intake and increase your daily intake of fruit and vegetables. Eat foods rich in Vitamin B (which helps regulate the amount of sebum produced), like fish, lean meats, poultry, beans and leafy green vegetables. I find green tea, zinc, and a combination of B Vitamins (such as B6 and B2) help.
As hard as it may be to resist, the more you clean your hair, the more oil your scalp produces to compensate. If you normally wash your hair everyday, it will take time to adjust to just washing it every few days so you may have to tie it back or wear a headband. This is very on trend right now! However, once your hair adjusts, you will notice a dramatic difference by not washing it everyday.
If you suffer from greasy hair, I believe it is more likely down to an oily scalp than oily hair. He says you should consider using a purifying shampoo as this is a deep cleanser and will help remove any excess oil build-up. Use a purifying shampoo on a weekly basis and follow with your preferred shampoo and conditioner to best suit your hair type. You could also try taking a hair growth supplement, such as Gold Collagen Hairlift, which nourishes hair from within helping to maintain healthy hair and scalp.
If you run out of conditioner faster than shampoo, you’re doing it wrong. The smooth-maker in your shower should be used sparingly and on your ends only. Many of us with dry or coloured hair fall into the trap of applying it higher and higher in order to de-tangle until it’s basically at our roots.
But the higher you apply it, the faster your hair will become greasy. Instead, try using a wet brush to tame your tangles. The bristles are soft enough not to cause breakage but strong enough to tackle the most stubborn knots.
When washing the hair, it is very important not to use too much shampoo as it can become heavy on the hair. Generally speaking, a 10 pence piece amount of product is sufficient – and two quick washes rather than one long wash will work better.
You shouldn’t use water that’s too hot when washing your hair as it will strip the natural oils off the cuticle. This will encourage the scalp to replace it immediately, leaving hair greasy.
Cool the water is key for shine. Do for the last rinse use the cold tap!
This method from popular Facebook sharing only involves two ingredients: water, and apple cider vinegar.
Simply dilute apple cider vinegar in a cup of water, one user advised, and pour it through the hair. Leave for a few minutes et voilà: build-up is banished, and hair is left squeaky clean and 100% grease-free.
And the best part?
This super-smart hair hack is easy on the purse strings!! Or, feel free to use some malt vinegar in the cupboard, as apple cider vinegar will usually set you back a couple of quid.