If you have oily hair, you may think the sole solution is reaching for shampoo and conditioner twice a day—just like you might wash an oily face two times daily. However, over-washing your hair isn’t the answer. What if there were a way to train your hair to be less oily? Well, rumor has it that oil training hair just may be what you need to do—but does it really work? Below, find everything you need to know about this hair care theory, along with our top tips for managing greasy hair.
WHAT IS OIL TRAINING?
As you can probably guess, oil training is the process of training your hair—aka, your scalp—to produce less oil. How is this done? Oil training, sometimes referred to as grease training, involves putting off time between washes. The theory is that by doing so, you won’t strip your hair of its natural oils daily, and therefore your sebaceous glands won’t feel the need to overproduce oil in order to compensate for what was lost. The Cleveland Clinic explains that the argument behind it is that if you wash your hair less often, the oil glands respond by becoming less active and thus, producing less oil. The goal is to reach a point where you’re only washing your hair once a week.
DOES OIL TRAINING HAIR WORK?
While you may hear quite a bit of buzz across social media and the Internet about the wonders of oil training hair, we hate to break it to you, but oil training is nothing but a myth. According to the Cleveland Clinic, your sebaceous glands and their oil production are controlled by hormones, and how often you wash your hair has no effect on oil production.
5 WAYS TO MANAGE OILY HAIR
Just because oil training hair doesn’t work, doesn’t mean all hope is lost. There are other ways to help manage oily hair. Here are five must-know tips.
#1. WASH FREQUENTLY
Wondering how often to wash your oily hair? According to the Cleveland Clinic, rather than washing less frequently, you should actually be washing more frequently. You may even find you need to wash your hair daily. Think about it—your scalp is skin, and you wouldn’t leave built-up oil to sit on your face, would you? So, if your hair is on the oily side, you’ll need to cleanse away that buildup just the same. While it’s true you shouldn’t overdo it with washing, once a day is typically the right frequency for those with oily strands.
#2. USE THE RIGHT SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER
When it comes to actually washing your hair, use hair care products that are formulated for oily hair. Try the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay Conditioner, which are specifically formulated for oily roots and dry ends to leave your hair looking fresh and clean.
#3. USE A SCALP SCRUB
Aside from shampoo and conditioner, it’s also a good idea to add a scalp scrub, like the L’Oréal Paris EverFresh Micro-Exfoliating Scrub, into your hair care routine. The scrub is formulated with apricot seeds and gently removes impurities, flakes, and buildup from dirt and excess oils that can cause hair to be weighed down, promoting a healthy-looking scalp. Use it once a week or as needed for a scalp refresh.
#4. TURN TO DRY SHAMPOO
Of course, sometimes, your strands will need a refresh in between shampoos. Simply spritz a bit of dry shampoo wherever needed to absorb excess oil and give your mane a clean, fresh appearance that will hold you over until you can hit the shower. Isn’t that better than keeping your greasy roots hidden under a hat?
#5. DON’T GO OVERBOARD WITH STYLING PRODUCTS
When your hair doesn’t look quite how you’d like it to, it’s easy to think styling products are the solution. But when the problem is greasy hair, loading up on products is only going to weigh down your strands and give it a dirty look. When you do use styling products, stick with one or two, and only use a small amount. It’s also helpful to focus products on your ends rather than your roots.