How to Re-Train Greasy Hair

re-train greasy hair

How to Re-Train Greasy Hair

Do you find yourself in a constant hair washing battle?  Your hair stays fresh and clean for about a day before resembling a greasy mess?  Don’t worry!  In this blog we can teach you how to train your hair from being ‘oily’ to ‘normal’ in eight easy steps. Hair washing too frequently is not just time consuming, it isn’t great for your hair health.  So the less you have to wash it, the more spare time you’ll have and the healthier your hair will be.


Hopefully you will find the process of making your hair less oily not as complicated as you would think.  As tempting as it might be and as odd as it may sound, the more you wash your hair the greasier it will be. Shampoo strips your hair of its natural oils, which just makes it want to produce more.  This means that the more you wash your hair, the oilier you make it. In order to reduce the oil, you need to resist the urge to scrub your hair. If you’re a daily hair washer, try and reduce it to every two or three days at the most (less if you can bear it).


Clarifying shampoos are great for giving you squeaky clean hair and getting rid of any build up of oil and product in your hair.  If you have cut your washing regime down to a couple of times a week, you’ll want to feel like you’re giving it a really thorough cleaning. Just remember that they are quite strong, so try not to use it more than twice a week or you may be doing more harm than good.  

If you want to get a shampoo to use more regularly, try and avoid anything that will weigh your hair down.  Products that say they contain proteins, oils or silicon will give you a build-up, so avoid these shampoos along with anything that’s creamy rather than translucent.

Dry shampoo is a great tool when it comes to working out how to train your hair to be less greasy.  It will give you the confidence to put off washing your hair for that bit longer.  A quick spray to the roots will help when you are feeling a bit oily but it’s not yet a wash day.  Opt for brunette dry shampoo if your hair is darker so you don’t end up with grey roots!


Some people may think that greasy hair doesn’t need conditioning, but it’s a really important part of training your hair to be less greasy.  There are just two important things you need to remember when conditioning.  1.  Only condition from your mid lengths to ends, avoiding the roots and 2. Choose a conditioner with moisturising properties. This will give your sebaceous glands the message that your hair has enough moisture so it doesn’t need to produce as much oil.  


Water temperature when you wash your hair can have a big impact on hair health. Water that’s too hot can dry out your hair and scalp, meaning the sebaceous glands will be tempted to create even more oil.  Start out with warm water to open your cuticles and cleanse, then switch to colder water to close up your cuticles again.  


We all deserve a treat now and then, and your hair is no exception.  Once a week apply a good quality treatment or one of the home remedies below to your hair as part of your beauty routine and you will soon see the benefits and help your hair shed its excess grease.  

Apple cider vinegar is great for restoring your scalps natural PH balance.  Dilute in water 1:8 a pour it through your hair.  Not only is it cheaper than salon bought hair treatments, it can improve the overall quality of your hair and is much more natural.  

Baking soda has more qualities than whitening your teeth and keeping your fridge smelling fresh.   It’s also great at removing grease from your hair. Mix two tablespoons of baking soda with ¼ of a cup of warm water and apply to wet hair for 5-10 minutes before rinsing.  Doing this once a week will work wonders for your hair and soon see the end of oil!  

Sea salt is also amazing for banishing grease.  It soaks sebum up like a sponge and makes your hair easier to style between washes.  


There is no better feeling than giving your hair a good brush, especially if you’ve had it up all day.  Not enough brushing will lead to a buildup of oil on the scalp, but too much brushing can stimulate greater oil production. This is why it’s so important to get a good balance between brushing your hair too much and not brushing it enough.  

A paddle brush with boar bristles is ideal.  Make sure you remember to brush right from the top of your head to the ends to make sure you are distributing the oils over the whole strand.  

Also don’t forget to give your brush a good clean once a month.  Otherwise there will be a build up of dust, old product and bacteria and that will transfer onto your nice clean hair and make it look more greasy.  If it’s beyond cleaning, treat yourself to a new one.  


We all know the saying, you are what you eat, and this is also true of your hair.  If you often fill up on greasy foods, your hair will be greasy too. B2 and B6 rich foods like seaweed and leafy greens are perfect for reducing sebum production  


If you’ve tried all of the above and your hair is refusing to play ball, there are a few styling tricks that could help show your hair who’s boss.  The heat from your hairdryer can help to get rid of excess oil, just make sure you don’t use too much heat and damage your hair.  

If you love poker straight hair, that may not be helping either.  Making it perfectly flat will help the oil to create a sheen on your hair, and having it flat to your head will make it come into contact with more oil. Curly hair styles are great for disguising grease.  

There are so many hairstyles you can try when your hair is feeling past its best.  A bun or a fishtail braid are fairly easily mastered and the extra oil can even help to keep hair in place until it’s time for the next good wash.  

Above all, don’t be of the impression that you are always going to have to put up with greasy hair.  We hope this blog has given you some great tips and some hope that you can train your hair to be gorgeous, not greasy. We want to aim for a healthy sheen, rather than an oily head. So with a little patience and resisting the shampoo bottle you can soon be on your way to washing your hair 3 x less.

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