Short, long, thick, thin, blonde, or blue, nothing says, “I can’t manage my shit” quite like greasy hair. That being said, I get it: the powers that be deem that washing our hair everyday is unhealthy. Kim Kardashian is going nine days without a wash (ok five) and for some fucking reason we all have to do what Kim Kardashian says because of the deal she made one night at a crossroad.
So if you want to get away with washing your hair less, here’s everything you can do to prolong your wash.
1. Change your pillowcase every night
Have a basket with seven cases on your nightstand as an ever-present reminder to switch them out. Simply throw them in the wash at the end of the week.
Bonus: use satin pillowcases. Great for your skin and keeps hair from breaking.
2. Wash your comb and brush regularly
Combs and brushes do an amazing job of hiding scalp gunk in their many disgusting crevices. Your comb may look clean, but look closely between the bristles and behold the general filth. Aim to shampoo your combs and brushes three times a week if you struggle with greasy hair.
3. Cold water washes
Washing your hair in cold water is misery. But for as god-awful as it is, the perks more than make up for it. From shedding less hair to encouraging shine to discouraging grease and breakage to prolonging color and taming frizz, it’s worth getting used to.
4. Wash hair in reverse
Condition your hair first, then shampoo it. Then make sure for the rest of the day you say “Goodbye” when you meet someone and “Hello” when you leave. Keeps your roots fresh.
5. Dry shampoo
Personal note: I, DGGYST, queen of the naturally greasy, limp hair have tried every dry shampoo known to man. Sometimes I just rub random powder into my hair to see what it will do.
Batiste Dry Shampoo is the closest thing to a shower in a bottle I have ever found, specifically the “Bare” version. This is the only one of their many formulas that doesn’t disrupt the shine while making it look clean, clean, clean.
The sleep bun is a life-saver for oily tresses. It is a double whammy against grease because by curling your hair, you divert the grease path (apparently straight hair is a Slip ‘N Slide for oil) and by clipping it gently out of your face at night, you side step any oil transference. This also gives your hair great texture and cancels out any “lift” you lose on your non-wash days.
7. Living Proof Prime Style Extender
Check out the reviews for this baby just about anywhere.
The Living Proof Style Extender works and is a great pre-step to the sleep bun. A little bit at the roots repels grease and through the length extends the life of your texture.
With this product, less is more.
8. Do a weekly jojoba oil treatment
Maybe this seems counter-intuitive but I feel like we have all been Josie Maran-ing our skin for long enough now that we can accept that the theory translates. Weekly oil treatments are amazing for your hair health but also great for your scalp. Although people swear up and down by coconut oil, for truly oily scalps go for jojoba oil. Jojoba oil has the closest makeup to your actual sebum of any oil and tricks your head skin into producing less oil.
9. Use a Turbie Twist.
Turbie Twists are just excellent. They are infinitely more comfortable than an entire towel. The greasy hair benefit you ask? Well, keeping your hair comfortably and securely out of your face prevents your hair from mingling with all your post-shower lotions and potions that you have all over your hands, back, neck, and face. Leave your Turbie Twist in until all your lotions and serums sink in.
Turbie twists also dry your hair quicker than a cotton towel and are far more gentle!
10. Consider henna
This magic mud adds shine, body, volume, and oh yea, redness. I am a huge henna fan, partly for the divine color, largely for the grease control, and 100 percent for the benefit of getting to look like Old Gregg for a few glorious hours every month.
I would LOVE to hear your favorite tips for keeping the grease at bay and prolonging the shit out of your wash!
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