How many times has someone told you the best way to help greasy hair is to avoid washing it? While this might work for people with naturally thick hair, those with thinning or fine hair can do nothing but scoff. There is some truth to this sentiment, but there are also a lot of catches. If you are using a harsh shampoo that strips your hair of its moisture and natural oils (sebum) only to send it into sebum production overdrive, then yes, washing your hair only twice a week will likely help it to avoid becoming an oily mess by the time lunch rolls around. But if you are using products that are actually nourishing for your hair, like those from Nourish Beaute, then there is nothing to lose by washing your hair once a day. In fact, in many cases, this is the better option.
Understand The Difference Between Grease And Buildup
Your hair should feel clean for at least some amount of time after you shower. If you shampoo and condition your hair and head straight to the hairdryer, your hair should feel clean, soft, and silky after you dry it. Your hair should take, at the very least, several hours before it is noticeably oily. So, if you blow-dry your “clean” hair and it immediately feels greasy, you either didn’t rinse all of the conditioner out or, more likely, are experiencing product buildup.
Hair product buildup occurs when you are using low-quality hair products with parabens and other harsh chemicals that can cause a waxy buildup on your hair that even your shampoo cannot seemingly cleanse. This problem is exacerbated when you load up on dry shampoos, serums, hair sprays, mousse, and other styling products. If this sounds like your situation, trying doing a hair cleanse once a month or so. A popular and natural option is mixing one cup of water with 2-4 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (you can double this recipe for longer hair). Shampoo your hair with your favorite hair growth shampoo, and then pour the vinegar mix over your hair, massaging into your scalp as you do so. Wait a couple of minutes and rinse clean.
Be Aware Of How You Use Conditioner
Conditioner is designed to, obviously, condition the hair. If you’ve done the above and still feel like your hair is getting too oily too fast, then you might want to assess how you are using conditioner, as conditioner can occasionally weigh down hair if you are not using it the right way for your hair type. Start by conditioning only the ends of your hair. This will help to tame frizz and dryness at the ends without adding unnecessary moisture to the scalp area. If you still experience oily hair with this method, try conditioning first, and then shampooing. It might seem backward, but for those with excess sebum production, it could be the hair hack you need to manage greasy hair.