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Dealing with greasy hair can feel like an uphill battle. You feel like your hair is constantly in need of a wash (despite the fact that you did so yesterday!) and always have to choose a hairstyle that will best hide your oily roots. While we often give tips on how to deal with oily hair, today we want to deep dive into how you can actually train your hair to become less greasy overall.

Shampoo less

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: less frequent shampooing is good for your hair! When you have greasy hair it can be tempting to reach for the shampoo bottle often, but the more you do so the worse your greasy hair will become. It will strip away the natural oils (the good stuff!), forcing your hair to overproduce oil in order to compensate. The result? Greasy locks. Try to limit your washing to around three times per week.

Watch the hot water

We are not suggesting that you wash your hair in a completely cold shower, but the hotter the temperature of the water, the more likely it is to dry out your hair and scalp. Once again, this leads to an over-production of oil and greasy locks. Try to keep the temperature warm, before ending your shower with cold water to close your cuticles.

Cut out those harsh ingredients

Hair products that contain abrasive chemicals, sulphates, and alcohols will only further dry out your hair and encourage it to produce more oil. Try switching to products that are more natural and give your hair a few weeks to adjust to your new haircare routine.

Try a scalp treatment

Our scalp goes through a lot and between the oils, the products we use, and general dirt and bacteria, there’s nothing better than giving it a good clarifying treatment every once in a while. Not only will this rid it of build-up, it’s also a great way to hit the reset button on greasy hair. Think of it like a deep pore cleansing face mask – it’s there to help draw out all the nasty stuff and leave you with clean, fresh skin.

Don’t overdo the conditioner (but don’t skip it either!)

When you are trying to train your hair to be less greasy, it can be tempting to skip the conditioner altogether. However, there’s no need to do this! Conditioner is great for nourishing our locks and keeping them hydrated. We recommend focusing the conditioner on the lengths of your hair, down to the ends, but leaving your roots alone.

When training your hair to be less greasy, it’s important to know that these adjustments will take some time before results begin to show. Give your hair a few weeks to get used to your new routine!