Can you train your hair to be less oily?
Finer hair types in particular will be affected by this question, as their hair gets greasier quicker simply because they have more hair- though each individual strand is smaller in diameter than other hair types. This results in more sebum building up, which creates the greasy appearance. But can you train your hair to be less oily?
The “no-poo” movement (going without shampoo, in the bid for it to clean itself) is a craze that has been around for some time. People choose to stop shampooing, not because they no longer care about the build up of oil and greasy appearance, but precisely in the belief that it will counteract such build up. Essentially, the idea is that you can train your hair to be less greasy by going cold turkey and avoiding shampoo.
As YouBeauty.com highlight in their article on whether you can train your hair to be less oily, this stems from a theory that shampoo strips the hair of sebum and in order to compensate, our scalps produce too much which gives hair the greasy “wet” look if left alone for too long.
But this is a common hair myth- that frequent shampooing makes your hair oilier. In fact it is quite the contrary, since shampooing if done correctly and with the right products, actually re-moisturizes it.
In YouBeauty’s article, trichologist Liz Cunnane at the Philip Kingsley Clinic in New York sheds light on the topic. Healthy hair is the result of a healthy- and clean- scalp. “Fine hair will always look better when it is freshly washed,” she says. “It will always have more body and movement when clean.”
Other hair textures probably won’t need as frequent shampooing –“You will not need to shampoo daily, but you must remember that the process of shampooing and conditioning is important because it reintroduces moisture to the hair,” says Cunnane.
Cunnane suggests using a shampoo that gently cleanses and adds body and contains certain ingredients, such as copolymer (for surface volume and aid in controlling flyaways e.g. Philip Kingsley Body Building Shampoo), natural cellulose (to thicken texture) and keratin protein (to strengthen and improve fullness). Also, overusing styling products will weigh locks down, along with unnecessary hair handling, which transfers oils from your fingertips to your hair.
You can read YouBeauty’s article by clicking here.
For more information on the New York Trichological Clinic and Team, click here.