Greasy hair is a significant problem for many women, especially those who have loose curls or straight hair. And if you deal with this problem, you know that It can ruin your hair in a hurry. You’ll be glad to know that you can train your hair to reduce its oil production for easier styling and good hair days galore!
To train your hair to be less oily, you’ll need to space out your washing sessions, use gentle cleansers, and promote a healthy scalp pH. The number of remedies you should employ will depend on the extent of your scalp oiliness and how quickly you’re hoping to see results.
This article will tell you exactly how to train your hair. Let’s get right into it.
Is Retraining Hair Possible?
When it comes to training hair, there are lots of skeptics. But the truth is that you can train your hair, and here’s why it’s possible.
Our bodies adapt to outside influences, and when your scalp gets dry, it’ll instinctually produce more oils to balance things out. But our bodies don’t always act according to our preferences. If you're constantly washing away your scalp oils or drying your scalp out in other ways, your scalp may overproduce oil, and you’ll get that dreaded greasy hair look.
This also works in reverse; an excessively oily scalp may gradually reduce its oil production if it’s allowed to remain hydrated over time.
How to Retrain Oily Hair
There are several things you can do to retrain your oily hair, and we’ll get into each of them below.
Wash your hair less often than you usually would. To stop your scalp from overproducing sebum, you’ll need to signal to your body that it is producing enough oil. The best way to do that is to stop washing all of the sebum away as quickly as it’s produced. If you usually wash your hair every day, cut back to every 2 or 3 days. If you wash twice a week, reduce that to once a week. Your hair will get even more oily at first, but over time, your body will get the message and produce less oil.
Switch out your shampoo. Harsh shampoos strip your hair and scalp, sending oil production into overdrive. Luckily, you can switch out your shampoo for gentler, sulfate-free alternatives that leave your hair and scalp moisturized. Using products like these will reduce the chances of your scalp producing too much oil.
Balance your scalp pH with a weekly ACV rinse. ACV (short for apple cider vinegar) is a natural remedy known for its ability to restore your scalp and hair to its optimal pH. With your scalp at the proper pH, your scalp will be less likely to overproduce oils.
After making these changes, you won’t feel the need to wash your hair as often.
How Long Does It Take to Retrain Your Hair?
Retraining your hair is not an overnight thing. For some, it takes weeks to see a difference in your hair and scalp, and for others, it can take months. There’s no way to tell for sure when you’ll see results. So, our advice is to get started as soon as possible.
With the information in this article, you’re ready to start the hair retraining process. Good luck!
Author: Andrea Reyes
Andrea is a mother, wife, writer, and natural hair enthusiast of 15 years. Currently on her natural hair journey, she’s been trying countless products and techniques to understand and embrace her natural hair. She is the creator of NaturallyTextured.com, a new website featuring informative articles that share tips, tricks, and techniques aimed to help others learn to love their hair through proper hair care. She writes with the hope of making hair care easier to understand and implement.