Keeping Hair Healthy, Not Greasy

Is it possible to go a few days without washing your hair and have it look healthy? Yes. Are there other ways than dry shampoo? Yes.

I don’t know about you, but it seems 95% of advice about oily hair or hair that gets greasy involves dry shampoo. Don’t get me wrong, it works, but it’s just putting a mask on what can be improved. In the end I found that I was just loading my hair up with dry shampoo which created a film by the end of the day and left my hair looking dull. I still like dry shampoo, I use it occasionally, but it’s not your only option. In fact, since integrating these few rituals I barely have to use it anymore.

Sometimes you don’t have time to wash your hair everyday, or others choose not to add to the health of their hair. An easy solution is to wash your hair everyday, but sometimes that’s not even enough, I’ve seen hair that greases up within 30 minutes of taking a shower. I generally wash my hair every other day or every 2 days. If it is better for your hair not to wash it everyday I don’t want to be left out, but most of the time it’s just for lack of time.

Wherever you fall in the debate, here’s what I’ve been doing:

Styling Hair ASAP-I’ve found that the sooner I curl or straighten my hair the more it will last through the next few days. I’m not saying fry your hair by curling it everyday, but even giving it a few heatless waves will lift your hair off the scalp, your neck and face. Let your hair have the least amount of time resting on skin or contact with skin.

Sleeping with Hair Up- It’s a long night, tossing turning, resting on pillows, your hair on your face- all this + heat= hair that sticks to you. As mentioned above keep your hair off your skin, plus sleeping in a loose bun will add volume for the next day.

Hands Off During the Day- This is the last I’ll mention about the skin and hair, but it is important to be mindful of running your fingers through your hair/scalp during the day. The more you touch, the more oil will find its way to your hair.

Using A Balancing Shampoo- Everyone can use a shampoo that balances whatever it is that is out of order causing the oiliness.

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3 days without washing

Distributing Oils- You may have heard that your hair actually needs a little greasiness to be healthy. “It’s your hair’s natural oils!” That’s true, however they aren’t just going to magically gravitate to drier parts of your hair (especially the ends.) Even if you go a decent amount of time without washing your hair the majority of it would accumulate at the scalp. Every night I’ve been brushing through my hair top to bottom, manually distributing the oils. I’ll add that my hair has gotten stronger, shinier and in better condition through this practice. I find it easiest to do at night, but you can do it whenever works best for you.

Conditioning Selectively- I believe this is common knowledge, but just in case you need a reminder: use conditioner as needed and never on the scalp.

Incorporating DIY Hair Masks- Most of the time these are one ingredient conditioning masks such as a few tablespoons of olive oil or coconut oil- and for this I do go up to the scalp. As saturated as it looks, it will come out with shampoo in the shower. It’s good every now and then to condition your hair and add back moisture and balance. It doesn’t get any easier than 20-30 minutes and an oil of your choice.

 

*Personal note* I apologize for not writing for a while. I will be returning to college in the fall and  I’m in the ever-daunting process of deciding what school to go to and what to major in. It’s been all consuming, but I appreciate your patience.

 

 

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Greasy Hair: Dry Shampoo Alternative, Shampooing

The usual advice you’ll get is not to shampoo your hair, or at least limit it. It’s not bad advice and in theory it does make sense…but what do you do when it’s not really an option? If your hair already looks like you haven’t washed it the last thing you want to do is leave it alone for a few days. 

My favorite dry shampoo alternative is baby powder. Why an alternative in the first place? If you’re like me you have sensitive skin and all that fragrance and extra stuff added in the dry shampoo can bother you. The other thing that I like is that it’s not expensive. If the smell of baby powder isn’t your thing try plain cornstarch. That’s as simple and cheap as it gets. Cornstarch is the base of baby powder, the only difference is there’s no smell or aloe. The best way I’ve found to apply it is to use a brush and with small strokes work it through your hair. Most likely you’re starting from the scalp, so work down with little motions to distribute it evenly.

*Important with any dry shampoo or alternative- If you don’t need it don’t use it. In other words it’s not necessary to cover you’re whole head if only the area around your face and ears are greasy.

As for shampooing, the less ingredients the better. Something simple and gentle works the best. It doesn’t have to be organic, even a plain Neutrogena or Dove shampoo will do the trick. Don’t be afraid if there are oils infused in the shampoo. It won’t cause your hair to become oily. Use just as much shampoo as you need, don’t go overboard. Focus on the scalp and let the rest of the shampoo trickle down to the rest of your hair.

Conditioner? Yes, just not at the roots.

Not only will these help tackle the grease and oil that’s your hair now, but it will also prevent it to become just as greasy later on. Within the first few days you should see an improvement combining these two methods. Going back to what was mentioned earlier, this will allow you to stretch the time in between washing your hair, if you choose to skip a few days. It’s enough to carry you over and keep you looking fresh while curbing the oil.