Back in high school I literally used to wash my hair every day, blow dry it and style. Every. Day. Now between work, grad school, working out and trying to maintain a social life, who has time to wash and style their hair every day?? I know I don’t! I probably spend 1/5 of the time now than I did in high school and let me tell you why…
Oil training! I didn’t even know this could work nor had any intentions of oil training my hair. After not washing my hair for several days, multiple weeks in a row while I was recovering from surgery, my hair became significantly less oily after every week that went by! The whole process took me about 4 weeks. Post surgery, I literally was so sore that I didn’t shower for a couple of days and even after that, only had the energy to wash my body, leaving my hair in a very oily mess. After a few days, I finally would wash it and then go another few days until I washed it again. Was it disgusting? Yes. Did I care? No. But what I didn’t realize is my scalp was getting used to its natural oils and wasn’t feeling the need to produce as many oils as it was before. I remember a dermatologist once telling me- don’t wash your face so much, it’s overproducing oil to make up for the dryness from washing it so much, which causes acne. I feel like the same kinda deal applies to our hair? Just a theory.
Anyways, I don’t really have a proven, researched-based explanation but it worked for me so I’m sure it could work for you! I currently wash my hair about every 3-4 days. I notice that my hair can go longer without washing if it’s curled- I think it hides the greasiness compared to if it’s straight (haha sorry, gross). I shower every day but just wear a shower cap when I do, and it does a good job at keeping it dry. I usually still blow dry my hair for a few seconds to help fluff it back up after pulling it down from a bun under the shower cap. Lately, when I work out or have my hair in a shower cap, I use “no crease” hair ties to throw it up in a bun and it prevents any dents or creases when I put it back down. I buy mine from Sephora but here’s an example. These are game changers when you’re trying to make your style last! If my hair is super sweaty after working out, I just bite the bullet and wash it. If it’s a little sweaty, I blow dry it for a few seconds and put dry shampoo in it and it’s usually fine. Sounds gross, but I think my looser day three hair looks better than my day one hair. Plus my workouts outs aren’t high intensity right now- I’m mainly doing weights so I’m less sweaty in general. I always wash it after Soul Cycle though because there’s no coming back from that.
If you wanted to oil train your hair, I would recommend giving it a deep clean and then don’t wash it for 2-3 days. The next time you wash it, do it again and push it out 3-4 days and see how your hair looks. If it’s disgusting, wash it. But if it doesn’t look too bad, try pushing it out another day (throw it in a messy bun or put a hat on if you have to). I would continue this for a few weeks and see how your hair reacts and do what works for you! It might take a few weeks but I think over time, it will adapt. I’m telling ya, my hair used to be oily by the end of the day in high school but now I can go days without washing it. I still use dry shampoo almost daily to add texture and volume but I only use Living Proof Dry Shampoo. If I curled my hair that day or a couple days prior, I brush it out before bed and reapply a little hairspray. I also think the products I use help hold my style for several days. If you’re interested in reading about which hair products I recommend, you can check out my blog post here!
Anyways, I hope this works for you! Let me know if it does and tell me about your experiences oil training your hair!!