Oil training your hair follows on simple rules - it requires you to space out your shampooing days in order to train your scalp to be less greasy. This is easier said than done because most of you can’t deal with day 2 or day 3 hair and think that it needs to be washed to be healthy. In reality, every time you shampoo your hair, you are stripping your scalp of natural oils and putting it on overdrive to replace lost moisturise. The result? A never-ending cycle of greasy hair that is always demanding!

Oil training takes a couple of months to take effect; it is more of a lifestyle choice than a hack. And while different textures and hair types will see different results, these basic tips are applicable to all...

 

01. Use a sulphate-free shampoo

01. Use a sulphate-free shampoo

Sulphates are detergent in nature and are responsible for creating lather while washing hair. While you may not notice damage caused by them right away, they do tend to over-cleanse your scalp in the long run, prompting your body to produce more oil. Stick to mild and gentle formulas that are clarifying in nature but don’t strip your scalp of moisturising oils.

BB Picks: Tresemme Pro Protect Sulphate Free Shampoo

 

02. Invest in a good dry shampoo

02. Invest in a good dry shampoo

To oil train your hair, you will have to start going at least 3, or even 4, days of no washing. Skipping wash days will most definitely lead to oil build-up at first. Instead of using a product to wash it off, use a dry shampoo to instantly refresh your mane. It will also re-introduce bounce into weighed down third or fourth day hair!

BB Picks: Dove Volume and Fullness Dry Shampoo

 

03. Style your hair in updos

03. Style your hair in updos

Much like your skin, touching your scalp too also leads to increased oil production. To avoid running your hands through your hair, wear it in updos. This is especially helpful with dry shampoo treated hair that has just the right amount of ‘gunk’ to create a textured or messy bun.

 

04. Rinse with ACV

04. Rinse with ACV

Since you are strictly off the wash cycle for at least four days, you can use apple cider vinegar to freshen up your scalp. Raw ACV works as a detox treatment for your scalp and does not damage the roots. Mix 2-3 tbsps of ACV in lukewarm water and rinse out your hair.