The summer season poses several challenges for your mane, with the most annoying one being greasiness. A combination of sweat, dirt, oil and hair product residue makes your mane so greasy that it’s almost impossible to go more than two days without washing them. News flash: Washing your hair every time it gets even a little greasy won’t help either.
Sudsy shampoos can strip your scalp of essential natural oils, sending your sebaceous glands into overdrive and making them produce more oil to compensate for the lack of it. It’s a vicious cycle that can ruin the health of your hair if not addressed soon. So how exactly do you get rid of greasy hair without washing it every single day? These tips will help.
- 1. Switch to a sulphate-free formula
- 2. Cover up your head as much a possible
- 3. Invest in a good dry shampoo
- 4. Customise the rinse
- 5. Watch your diet
1. Switch to a sulphate-free formula
First things first, swap your regular shampoo for a sulphate-free formula. Sulphates strip oil and dirt from the hair. While they do a good job cleansing your hair, they strip away too much natural oil and moisture from the hair, leaving it dry and unhealthy. Your scalp then produces more oil to make up for lost moisture. Hence, using a sulphate-free shampoo will cleanse your scalp without drying it out.
2. Cover up your head as much a possible
There is a reason why leading ladies love to wear a headscarf in classic movies; not only does it look stylish, but it is also a practical way to protect yourself from direct heat. Also, covering up your head with hats and scarves will shield them from dirt and pollution. While indoors, try to limit the number of times you touch your hair because constantly running your fingers through it can also make it greasy.
3. Invest in a good dry shampoo
Instead of washing your hair frequently, invest in a dry shampoo to refresh your hair in-between washes. Not only will they revive dull-looking hair, but they will also add lots of texture and volume to your tresses. Just spritz some on before hittings the sheets at night and wake up to fresh, bouncy hair the following day.
BB picks: Dove Fresh & Floral Dry Shampoo
4. Customise the rinse
You do not have to use shampoo every time you wash your hair. Either use just water or rinse with diluted apple cider vinegar or rice water. Rinsing with just water can clean your scalp of accumulated dirt without stripping the natural oil in the process.
5. Watch your diet
Apart from the change in temperature and the products you use, several other factors, including your diet, can turn your hair into a greasy mess. Dairy products like milk, butter, and cheese are broken down into oils and fats by the body, which can contribute to excessive sebum production on your scalp. Similarly, fried foods, foods with high sodium content and sugary drinks can also make your hair oily.