Not to be the grease police, but having too oily hair can be a mood killer. Aside from having a travel-size dry shampoo on hand at all times, there are ways you can tame your oily strands. Yes, we’re talking about how to train your greasy hair to be less, well, greasy. We spoke with BosleyMD Certified Trichologist Gretchen Friese for all the greasy hair causes and cures. Hint, put down the pizza and pick up the apple cider vinegar.
How to Make Your Hair Less Greasy
Greasy hair can happen to anyone, all it takes is a change like starting or stopping birth control. “An oily/greasy scalp is caused by overactive sebaceous glands in the scalp,” Gretchen points out, nothing that this is directly linked with the endocrine system. “Hormonal changes can often cause this,” she continues.
So, how can we make our mane less like a pizza slice? Like most hair advice, it comes down to the right products and your overall lifestyle. If something is happening in your body, it will probs make an appearance in your hair (like your skin). “Using sulfate-free shampoos and oil-free products can help to control greasy hair. Products that focus on balancing the pH of the scalp are often helpful. I like the BosleyMD Defense Line and the Lanza Scalp Remedy Line for balancing pH,” she says.
Literally eating less pizza will also help. “Changes in diet can also help with the issue. Staying away from fried foods, refined carbohydrates, excess salt, dairy, and sugar may help control sebum production,” says Gretchen.
How to Train an Oily Scalp
If you can train your booty, you can train your locks. Or if we’re being technical, your scalp. “Yes, you can train your scalp to be less greasy,” Gretchen reassures us.
While common sense would link hair washing with combating greasiness, the opposite is actually true. Over-washing can put your scalp in overdrive, to the point where it produces excess oil to compensate. This is an easy fix: “start by washing your hair less often,” Gretchen advises. “About once a week you can use a raw, organic apple cider vinegar to restore the pH balance of your hair and rid the scalp of buildup.” Ah, ACV, the gift that keeps on giving.
“When you do wash, use a sulfate-free shampoo like the BosDefense ColorSafe Nourishing Shampoo. Also, exfoliate your scalp. The BosleyMD Rejuvenating Scalp Scrub has dissolving sugar crystals for exfoliation and activated bamboo charcoal which is a great ingredient for absorbing excess oils on the scalp,” she recommends.
You also need to cool it on the hot tools—they may help mask your oily strands, but they aren’t treating the real problem below the surface. Gretchen recommends a good ol’ fashion air-dry and letting your tresses do their thing. “Blow drying too much can also cause your hair to produce excess grease, so try letting your hair air-dry as much as possible instead.”
Best Products to Help Train Your Greasy Scalp
Make sure your products aren’t working against you by specifically shopping for a regimen that’s oil-free. “If you do need to use a product with oil in it because your hair needs the moisture, avoid putting it on the scalp and use it on the lengths of your hair only. Consider also going silicone-free, as silicones can potentially trap other ingredients on the skin, including oil. Use sulfate-free shampoos, because they’re great for an oily scalp,” she says.
Aside from choosing the right products, you want to ensure you’re applying them correctly. If grease is your word, leave your scalp alone, especially when dealing with a rich product like conditioner. “I tell my clients to focus on ‘ears down’ when using moisturizing products because our own natural oils will help to moisturize the hair shaft closer to the scalp,” Gretchen adds. Be careful of grease-taming if the hair is shedding excessively, however. “Even though it is possible to train your hair to be less oily I do not recommend going down this route if you are experiencing hair thinning. Too much oil buildup may clog the hair follicles and cause more hair loss.”
And there you have it. Follow Gretchen’s expert advice and you’ll train your greasy, oily hair in no time at all.