Once I began telling my friends and colleagues about this phenomenon, I learned that it's not just me. Hair training is actually a thing.
"Yes, you can absolutely train your hair to reduce the oily texture," says Maria Ruiz, stylist at New York's Eddie Arthur Salon. Say whaaa? "This is coming from someone who has very oily hair." So there's hope for even the greasiest-prone strands.
All you have to do is, well, train it. Teach your hair to require less washes and it will obey you if you're diligent. "To start training your hair, you must cut down on washing your hair as often as you may do now," she explains. "Constantly washing your hair stimulates the sebaceous glands, which creates even more oil. So I suggest washing your hair every other day at the most—washing your hair two to three times a week is ideal."
It sounds outrageous if you're a religious shampooer, but it's totally possible to put. the. hair. wash. down. It'll also make the transition easier if you nix certain other products in your hair primping routine: "Help avoid an oily scalp by avoiding conditioner at the scalp, using dry shampoo, and by not over-brushing the hair," says Ruiz. "Also, make sure to use the right shampoo for your hair type. You don't want to use anything too heavy that'll weigh the hair down. Getting rid of an oily scalp is certainly a process but these few tricks should help."
De-greasing my own head happened slowly—so don't get frustrated if you can't go a week sans shampoo right off the bat. Just incrementally increase the days between washes, take care of your strands, and before you know it, you'll have precious, shampoo-free time added to your schedule.
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