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How to Train Your Hair to Be Less Oily and Not Be Greasy

How to Train Your Hair

You may have heard that washing your hair everyday isn’t healthy, but also find that your hair gets greasy even before the day ends.

But don’t worry— overly greasy hair is a common problem faced by many! No one wants it!

You’re not alone in this and the good news is, we’ve got the know-hows to permanently fix this problem.

That’s right, you can learn how to train your hair to be less greasy!

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Training Your Hair: How to Make Hair Look Less Greasy

Learning how to train your hair is quite simple in theory, but can actually be pretty difficult in execution.

There will be times you can’t help but want to wash off all the excess grease, but be patient. Stick to your hair training guidelines!

Remember, reaching for shampoo too often will aggravate the problem! Just hold on for a few weeks, and you won’t have to train your hair ever again.

1. Space Out Your Washes

1. Space Out Your Washes

The first step on how to train your hair will always be spacing out your washes. It’s important for strict hair training and getting rid of overly greasy hair.

Ideally— depending on your hair type— you’ll have ~1-3 wash days evenly spaced out throughout the week.

You should start out slowly, skipping out on shampoo for one day, then two or three days. This means that you should only wash your hair when you really need to.

It will take a few days before your scalp starts adjusting to your new wash day schedule, but it will eventually learn to produce less oil. Adjusting to washing your hair less frequently will take time.

Hair types aside, other good habits to develop are refraining from blow drying your hair too often and to use cooler water when you shower.

Hair Training Tips from Those with Curly Hair:

If you want to learn how to train your hair to be less greasy, it will also do you well to take a page out of the curly girls’ hair training book.

You may already know that people with curls will wash their hair as little as once a week, and most have already mastered how to keep their hair clean and fresh between washes.

The Curly Girl Method (CGM, for short) has gained even more popularity since the beginning of the pandemic, with people gaining the courage to try out new things with their hair.

Just like color-treated hair, curls will quickly tell you if it hates what you’re doing to it.

This is why girls with curly textures are pretty specific about their hair routines and hair care products.

They take their hair health seriously— something we should ALL be doing.

Figuring Out Your Hair Type

While learning how to train your hair, it would be infinitely helpful to figure out your hair type.

Your hair’s pattern, porosity, and density will determine what combinations of products will work best for you, as well as determine how often you should shampoo your hair.

#1 Hair Pattern

Your hair’s pattern refers to how straight, wavy, curly, or coily your locks are!

One head of hair can have a mixture of more than one pattern, with each pattern needing a certain amount of hydration.

Usually, the curlier or coilier your hair is, the less washes you’ll need.

This is because the natural oils our scalps produce can easily travel from the roots all the way down the straight strands of hair.

Curlier patterns will generally need and will handle more oil better than those with a straight or wavy pattern.

#2 Hair Porosity

An especially important thing to consider is your hair’s porosity, which refers to the hair’s ability to absorb and retain moisture— higher porosity means less retention.

This also determines whether or not sebum and products will penetrate or sit on top of the hair strands and hair follicles.

Hair with low porosity can suffer from product or sebum buildup much more frequently because the hair can’t absorb as much or as quickly.

Again, curls are usually more porous than straight hair meaning they can handle more oil and products.

#3 Hair Density

Hair density refers to how much hair you actually have.

Someone with a high hair density, for example, will have more individual strands per square inch on their head.

While thick, luscious locks are enviable, they also use up more hair products and need more sebum simply because there is more hair.

2. Change Your Products

2. Change Your Products

Like we mentioned earlier, everything from your hair’s pattern, porosity and density will determine what products fit your hair best.

Still, there are many products that make your hair training a more pleasant experience.

#1 Go Sulfate-Free

Unfortunately, a traditional shampoo would usually contain sulfates which strip too much of the natural oil from our heads.

These shampoos can cause more harm in the long run, so it would be best to steer clear from them even after training your scalp to produce less oil.

Instead, get clean hair with more gentle, sulfate-free shampoos.

Living Proof is a great brand that makes sulfate and silicone-free haircare products for every single one of your hair’s concerns!

#2 Dry Shampoo

In between wash days during your scalp training, using dry shampoo will help keep the sebum under control.

You can also use dry shampoo as a preventive measure— just apply dry shampoo immediately after drying your hair!

Dry shampoos are really easy to use, usually coming in spray cans:

  • Just like you would with hairspray, simply spray dry shampoo on the roots along your face and on the top of your head.
  • After applying the dry shampoo of your choosing, let it sit a while before massaging it into the roots of your hair.
  • Then, use something like a paddle brush to evenly distribute the oil and brush out any remnants of the dry shampoo.

Just take note that you can spray too much dry shampoo.

It’s a dry product that can cause lots of buildup in the roots if it’s not washed out properly.

#3 Cleansing Conditioner

Aside from dry shampoo, you can also use a cleansing conditioner between your shampoo days!

This is great especially for people who work out often and really NEED a good shower.

Cleansing conditioners are gentle enough for daily washes so you can keep sebum production in check throughout the week, without stripping any essential nutrients from your hair.

It’s also not too moisturizing like, say a leave-in conditioner, that can weigh down your hair and worsen the greasy look of your hair.

Simply apply all over wet hair, taking time to gently scrub your scalp.

#4 Clarifying Shampoo

To make sure you get a really deep clean on your long-awaited full head-to-body shower days, use a clarifying shampoo for oily scalp and hair fall!

Clarifying shampoos are great because they are formulated specifically to get rid of buildup and restore the natural pH balance of your hair.

Depending on the clarifying shampoo you get it could also prevent and treat dandruff, and be safe for colored hair.

Since it is meant to dissolve any built-up products or sebum, use a clarifying shampoo only once a week at most.

3. Additional Steps to Add to Your Routine

3. Additional Steps to Add

Aside from changing out products in your routine, you can take these additional steps to maintain the health of your hair after training it.

Scalp Brush

Remember, hair health = scalp health.

You can use a silicone brush when shampooing, to help massage the product in.

This will also help blood circulation and scrub off any dead skin cells, preventing pimple-causing clogged sebaceous glands.

Using a silicone scalp brush when your hair’s dry can also help evenly distribute oil and encourage hair growth.

We recommend that you invest in a good hair dryer to make sure you get good results with your scalp brush. Get a hair dryer designed for curly hair if you have wavy tresses.

Hair Treatments

Doing these treatments once or twice a month can greatly improve your hair’s overall health, keeping it soft, voluminous, clean, and shiny without ever looking gross and oily.

#1 Using Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar washes are a great affordable alternative to conventional clarifying shampoos!

The apple cider vinegar will work similarly to the acids in a clarifying shampoo to balance your hair’s natural pH.

Just take note you can’t use apple cider vinegar by itself— it can cause scalp irritation and mild burns.

  • You’ll have to dilute 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with approximately 5 tablespoons of water.
  • After shampooing, apply the mixture to your scalp and massage it in. Simply rinse it out after a few minutes.
  • If at any moment you feel any burning on your fingers or head, rinse out immediately! This means you’ll need to dilute the mixture more.

And don’t worry— if it’s washed out properly you won’t smell the vinegar at all!

Instead, you’ll be left with a shiny, clean head of hair feeling unbelievably soft!

#2 Treatment Masks

After training your scalp, a treatment mask every and now will be good for maintenance and give an extra boost to your hair’s moisture and shine!

A protein or moisturizing mask can improve your hair’s overall look and prevent overproduction of sebum.

After shampooing, apply the mask and leave it on for 5-10 minutes. You can even wrap your hair in a cap or use plastic wrap to ensure the product is absorbed properly.

If your hair is properly moisturized from deep within, this will signal your scalp to continue producing just the right amount of oil.

For dyed hair, we recommend using coconut oil to enhance shine and color. You can also try a MoroccanOil clarifying shampoo.

Reasons Behind Your Greasy Hair


Before getting into how to train your hair, first thing’s first, let’s tackle why you’re suffering from an extra greasy scalp and head of hair.

When your hair goes berserk with excess grease, it’s probably more than just the change in seasons.

Your hair becomes oily for either one or even both these reasons:

  • Product Buildup
  • Over Washing

If you style your hair and use styling products almost everyday, you’re probably suffering from product build-up.

If you wash your hair once or even twice a day, you definitely wash your hair too often.

How Does Product Build Up?

The scalp, like the rest of our skin, has pores and sebaceous glands that produce oil to keep our hair healthy and moisturized.

However, if we use too many products and they aren’t properly washed off, this will start to pile up on the scalp and clog each sebaceous gland.

This build-up prevents the natural oils from making their way down the hair shaft, which will eventually clog the pores and give you dry, rough hair with an extremely oily scalp.

Many hair products may also contain ingredients like oils that will clog the pores in your scalp or become too heavy for your hair, leaving it greasy even after shampooing.

Is There Really Such a Thing as Over Washing?

Suffering from greasy hair is actually a nasty cyclical issue that can be solved with good hair care.

Washing your hair too often can dry out your hair and scalp too much, causing it to overcompensate through oil production. It can also cause eventual hair loss.

Every time we shampoo our hair, this sends a signal to the scalp to produce even more oil!

This can cause a buildup of oil on the scalp, resulting in oily roots and dry strands. So if we shouldn’t let products buildup on our scalp but can’t wash our hair too often, what can we do?

This is where learning how to train your hair comes in!

Ready to Begin Your Hair Journey?

Ready to Begin

Now that you’ve learned how to train your hair to be less greasy, are you excited to see how your hair will change?

Try out some of our tips and you won’t ever need to spend just to consult a celebrity hairstylist— just don’t forget that everyone’s needs are different and only you’ll know what’s best for your hair.

How long it takes to permanently fix overly greasy hair will be different between each person too, so be patient and don’t give up! Just keep sticking to your hair care routine.

Paola Diaz
Paola Diaz

Hi, I'm Paola! A skin care enthusiast and nature lover. Creating content that promotes proper skin treatment and keeping a healthy glow is my way of sharing with the world how healthy skin can go a long way. I’m a firm believer of natural beauty that radiates inside all of us. All we need is the right kind of nourishment that inspires our wellness from inside out. So it’s really not about physical beauty alone – it’s the beautiful life we can create for ourselves when we connect with our own nature and see there is beauty that shines from every one of us.