If you have greasy hair then you will know the struggle. I'm sure you've tried everything from dry shampoo to washing your hair constantly. Don't stress - there are other, more effective ways to help manage greasy hair long term.
Change your shampoo
You've probably been using harsh, clarifying shampoos to rid your hair of oils. This will only cause your body to go into panic mode and create more oil. Try a lightweight moisturising shampoo and conditioner to replenish and balance the stripped moisture on your scalp. Make sure to only use the conditioner on your ends!
Break the cycle
We all know by now that washing your hair every day will only make the situation worse. The more you cleanse, the more sebum your scalp produces. It may sound horrifying to leave your hair in its greasy state for an extra day but it is the only way to break the cycle. Do it in steps and start by skipping a hair wash once a week. Pick a day that you'll be home all day or stick it up in a top knot if you need to go out.
You'll notice a difference after a couple of weeks and then you can start leaving it for 2 days and so on. Ideally, you should be able to go 2 days before washing for fine hair and 3-4 days for thicker hair.
Straightening and blow-drying will only make your oily hair more noticeable. Try leaving your hair to air dry and use a wand to wave your hair for volume and texture. Avoid flat hair by using salt sprays and texturising spray.
DIY Hair powder
We love using dry shampoos but if you're into natural, DIY products then this one's for you. The main ingredient is Arrowroot. Found in the rainforest and rich in vitamins, Arrowroot powder is often used to soak up an oily scalp. You find it in your local health store or online.
Simply mix a 1/4 cup of Arrowroot powder with 5 drops of an essential oil (rosemary, ginger etc.) with a spoon until smooth. Gently add the mixture to your roots. This works best on 2nd-day greasy hair - it won't work as well on super oily hair.
Cold water helps to close the pores on your skin and it also seals the cuticles on your hair, reducing damage to your hair. Hot water can stimulate the glands that produce serum so always remember to quickly rinse your hair with cold water at the end of your hair wash!
An obvious one but dry shampoos are life savers and are great for quick fixes when you're out and about. Some can contain a lot of nasty chemicals and can leave your hair feeling even heavier than before so we've listed our favourite ones to use for a greasy hair emergency below...
The plus side of having oily hair? It means that your hair is hydrated and in great condition. Your scalp produces the best natural oils to keep your hair conditioned and shiny - just sometimes a little too shiny for our liking! Try out the above tips and you'll notice a difference in no time.