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How To Train Your Hair To Be Less Greasy

August 13, 2020

If you struggle with greasy, oily hair, you’re probably wondering how you can keep your hair grease-free longer. Did you know: cutting down on the amount of weekly washes, can actually help your hair become less greasy and keep oil under control? But for anyone with an oily scalp, the idea of cutting down on the number of weekly shampoos feels utterly impossible. The good news? There is a way to train your scalp to make it do-able for any hair type. 

Why Does My Hair Get Greasy?

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First things first, it’s important to understand what’s actually going on with your scalp. Just as some people have oilier skin than others, the same principle applies to the scalp. There are a lucky few who are able to go days on end without a lather and rinse. But for the rest of us? Problems start to appear after the second or third day. “Imagine what happens if you do not wash your face for a week. Well, the same thing happens to your scalp, especially without proper products, like dry shampoo,” says Redken Artist Blake Reed Evans. “If you start building up too much sebum—or oil—on your scalp, your hair will start to become greasy.” If you’ve ever tried to extend a blowout an extra few days past its prime, you’re likely familiar with the layer of grease that starts to show. 


How-To Make Your Hair Less Greasy

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In order to transition to become one of those people that can go days without their hair becoming greasy, there are certain practices you can integrate into your routine that will literally teach your scalp to survive on fewer washes and produce less oil. But remember, says Evans, “It’s going to take some training along with patience and dry shampoo.” 

“If you are used to shampooing every other day but you want to extend to go one more day, you’ll need to spend a few weeks managing oily, third day hair as your scalp adjusts to fewer washes,” says Evans. “What is potentially happening is that your sebaceous glands—which are the oil developers on your scalp—are over producing because of too much shampooing.” Washing your hair less, and refreshing your hair daily with oil-absorbing products like Redken’s Deep Clean Dry Shampoo will help you to keep greasy hair under control while also training your scalp to produce less oil. Redken’s Deep Clean Dry Shampoo is formulated for maximum oil absorption to help you refresh 3rd and 4th day hair and go longer between washes.


How To Get Started With Scalp Training To Make Your Hair Less Greasy

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After three days of refreshing hair with dry shampoo, Evans suggests treating yourself to a solid lather, rinse and repeat routine. Start with Redken Detox Hair Cleansing Cream, which is specifically designed to remove any sort of oil lingering on your scalp and strands. It purifies hair by instantly removing product buildup, hard water minerals, and pollution residue, and strengthens your hair as you lather to leave it looking shiny and healthy. Follow it up with your favorite Redken conditioner for a super refreshing, deep cleanse.

Once you’ve trained your hair to last three days, you can repeat the process to try and extend your washes even further. This way, you’ll be well on your way to keeping your hair clean and grease-free longer.


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