4 Crucial Steps To Wash Your Hair Less

Writer: Farah Karim

It is a known fact that there are so many benefits that come with washing your hair less. For some people, washing too frequently can damage the hair and result in a dry, itchy scalp. Meanwhile for others, infrequent washing can make the hair look greasy and lifeless. You need to find a balance.

Hair isn’t alive; it’s made up of a protein called keratin and the amount of sebum that is created at your scalp is heavily reliant on other factors such as your diet, genes, the weather, level of humidity, etc. While you can’t train your hair to produce less sebum, you can modify your routine so that it will reduce the buildup of oil before your next wash!

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1. Distribution oil evenly

What you need to know is that oil is not bad for your hair. In fact, it keeps your hair healthy and well-moisturised. However, the distribution of that good oil is often not even, so this is where you come in.

Take a brush, preferably a boar-bristle brush, and slowly distribute the oils from your base of your scalp all the way to the tips of your hair. This will help the oil travel down the shaft of your hair and prevent any buildup. This way, oil will wash away easier from the roots and prevent the buildup that causes you to wash more frequently. Also, it can be a natural conditioner for the ends of your hair.

2. Pick the right shampoo

The trick to picking the right shampoo is to pick one that suits your scalp type. If you’re someone who has an oily scalp, avoid shampoos that are hydrating, moisturising, smoothing or good for curly hair. Look for labels that mention volumising, clarifying and strengthening as these are less moisturising and are more effective at removing excess oil.

But be careful, as over-drying shampoo might also cause your scalp to produce more oil and sebum.

3. Go easy on the conditioner

Firstly, don’t let your conditioner touch your scalp or even the hair near your scalp! It can result in little breakouts and irritation which inflames the hair follicles and create more oil.

Secondly, make sure that your conditioner is free of silicones and oils. According to celeb hairstylist Derek Yuen, he says “Especially avoid silicones, because they need detergent to be properly removed from your hair,” which means that the build up of silicones will eventually make your hair look lifeless and dull as it prevents your natural oils from penetrating the hair shaft.

4. Dry shampoo

The deal with dry shampoo is that  people usually put it on when it’s too late. “By the second or third day, it’s already too late to use dry shampoo,” Yuen says. What you want to do, ideally, is have the dry shampoo soak up the oil as it comes out, not once it’s already out. By the time it’s out, your hair is too greasy and can’t be saved. It’s either you decide to put it on early or don’t put it on at all.

It sounds hard and tricky to master but once you’ve incorporated these steps into your routine, you can finally say goodbye to oily hair.