Does your hair look lacklustre and dry? Noticing dandruff and uncontrollable frizz? Do your roots get greasy at the end of the day? You may be shampooing your hair & scalp too often!
Over-washing your hair with shampoo can leave it weak and brittle because you are stripping your hair of its natural oils. This leads to your scalp going into oil production overload trying to replenish the oil that was stripped away thanks to sulfates in shampoo. Click here to read more on sulfates. The good news is you can actually train your hair to be less greasy, and I asked my stylist to share her top 4 tips that will help the transition:
Start extending your washes
If you wash your hair every day, try to make the switch to every other day. As you extend the time between washes, your hair will gradually produce less and less oil as you are no longer stripping your strands of the natural and essential oils your scalp produces. Wash your hair less and you’ll notice that you will be able to extend even longer between washes.
Photo by Lia Lubiana.
Here are a few tried-and-true tips from the kaia naturals HQ, that has helped them train their hair to be less greasy:
Tip #1: Use dry shampoo the night before
If you washed your hair this morning, spray your roots tonight with the overnight dry shampoo so you are able to skip tomorrow morning’s wash. This non-aerosol dry shampoo will help absorb oil sweat and odor while you’re sleeping, which is when your scalp produces the most oil! When you wake up on the second day, your hair will feel clean and fresh.
Note: to avoid build-up and clogging your hair follicles, always shampoo your hair the day after using dry shampoo. Avoid using dry shampoo more than once between shampoos.
Tip #2: Co-washing
Skip your next shampoo and instead, thoroughly rinse and massage your scalp and hair with warm (not hot) water. Apply conditioner to your ends and rinse. To read more on this method called co-washing, click here.
Tip #3: Use apple cider vinegar
If you are brave enough to go even one more day without washing your hair (Yes! You can do it!), try an apple cider vinegar hair rinse. Mix ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar with 1 cup water. Work it through your roots and rinse well with warm water. ACV helps to restore the scalp’s PH levels and removes buildup without stripping them from its natural oils.
Tip #4: Scalp Scrub
Skip your next shampoo and try gently exfoliating your scalp with a salt scrub instead. A salt scrub will help reduce product buildup and slough away dead skin cells. Try this easy DIY scalp scrub here.
Do you have any hair tips you’d like to share? Please comment below!
Feature photo by Fezbot.
Freshen up the roots
the overnight dry shampoo