If you have oily hair, you probably find that you want to shampoo your hair almost every day. Sometimes this is the cause of your problem, and I have a new technique to help you wash your hair better.
First off, let’s talk about washing your hair every day.
If I could help you spread that out to every two, three or four days, then that would make me very happy. Just think of all the time you’d save every morning! Imagine how much less heat styling you’d do to your hair. Think of the time saved that you spend waiting for your hair to dry. What could you do with all that extra time each day?
Now, there are some hair types which really will want to washing every day and which dry very quickly. But I have to say that’s usually a very small proportion of people.
For most of us, using shampoo every day actually makes our scalp drier, which results in our sebum glands producing oil twice as fast. This gives the impression of having an oily scalp when really it’s our hair just hair trying to find a balance.
So perhaps you think you’ve got an oily scalp but you may just have a normal scalp that’s simply trying to regulate being dried out every day by too much shampoo.
To break that cycle will take time and it can be a little bit uncomfortable. I’ve done it, so I know you can too. Focus on how worth it will be when you won’t have to wash your hair every single day. If you can bear those first few days of transitioning, you’ll be rewarded with better hair.
Here are three tips to help you break through the habit of shampooing every day.
How to break the habit of washing your hair every day
1. Dry Shampoo
If you don’t love dry shampoo, you’re probably not using it correctly. So take a look at these three dry shampoo mistakes you might be making.
Dry shampoo is so helpful when you’re trying to extend the time between washing your hair. As your scalp adjusts you find you may not even need to use it on day two, and only reach for it on day three or four.
Did you know that braids are so much easier to do on dirty hair? Braids also hide all kinds of hair issues like dirt, frizz and oil. It’s kind of the reason I got into braiding in the first place. Any time I save by not washing my hair and doing a braid is fantastic. If you’re a beginner braider, check my post here for five tips for better braids.
3. Stop touching your hair
I’m a bit of a nervous hair twirler, so I totally understand, but it’s really important to keep your hands away from your hair. The dirt from your hands transfers to your hair so easily.
This dirt from your hands will make your hair lank and oilier faster. Go back up to step two and braid your hair up so you won’t even be tempted to touch your hair during the day.
How to wash oily hair – the open palm technique
And now I have a new technique for washing an oily scalp.
Normally when we talk about shampooing, we talked about giving our head a really good scrub and a massage while we shampoo our hair. Most articles suggest that we use our fingertips and really scrub our hair to remove any dirt and give that head massage at the same time. This manipulation can actually stimulate the sebum glands in your scalp and make your hair oilier if you’re prone to an oily scalp.
So instead of using your fingertips, use your open palms. I’ve tried to include a photos to explain what I mean. But think about it this way: you want to spread the pressure out on your scalp, so instead of using your finger tips as points touching your head, you want your whole hand to touch your head at the same time. Use your whole palm to massage wet shampoo into your head. This means you will get those exact massage points in, but rather get an all-over clean to your scalp.
Give it a try next time you wash your hair and let me know how it goes for you.
Rinse your hair thoroughly
After shampooing with the open palm technique, make sure you rinse your hair completely. You need to make sure all the product is out of your hair, especially if you’re prone to oily scalp.
Conditioning oily hair
Don’t skip conditioner, but don’t apply it to your scalp either. Focus on applying it from your ears down and just work it through the mid lengths and ends of your hair.
Work the conditioner into the ends of your hair and rinse it completely to make sure that you’re left with fresh, clean hair.
Styling oily hair
The same goes with new styling products you use in your hair after washing it. If you have an oily scalp, avoid applying the product directly to your scalp and instead focus on the mid lengths and ends of your hair. This has a knock-on effect so that the next time you shampoo, you won’t have to concentrate so much on your scalp; you’ll be focusing more on your hair overall.
So tell me, do you suffer from an oily scalp? How often do you wash your hair? I’d love to know your tips, so let me know in the comments below.