1. Be oil savvy
If your hair type is greasy, it may be there’s a genetic factor – are your parents’ mops a little on the oily side? Greasy hair can also be the result of touching and brushing your hair too often, which stimulates the sebaceous glands so that they produce more of the sebum that occurs naturally to protect the scalp and hair. Some people produce more sebum in the summer months, too, as the sebaceous glands may become overactive in warmer weather.
It’s important to wash your hair regularly, but you’ll be pleased to know that three times a week is actually fine, according to experts. Washing every day can actually strip hair of these natural oils, triggering increased production of the sebum that makes it look oily in the first place. A deep-cleansing shampoo that’s specifically formulated for oily hair, such as Head & Shoulders Citrus Fresh anti-dandruff shampoo, has a blend of citrus essences, which purifies your scalp to remove oil. When using conditioner, only apply it from mid-lengths to the ends so you’re not overloading already oil-prone roots.
2. Invest in a pretty silk scarf
Brush your hair out and secure in a low ponytail at the back. Then wrap a pretty silk scarf over the top of your head and either tie at the back underneath your ponytail or twist the ends into a knot on top of your head. Secure using a couple of grips if needed. The beauty of this is that it’s a look that only gets better – as strands from your low pony work loose during the day it begins to look artfully ‘undone’. Beautiful!
3. Try a half-up topknot
This is a super-fast way to transform lifeless locks into sleek sophistication, and works really well if you’re racing from school run to the office – all you need is a comb or brush and a hair band. Roughly section off the top layers of your hair and comb through gently. Simply twist the hair around on itself and secure in a bun and voila! Greasy top lengths are disguised while your roots look neat and shiny.
4. Make friends with dry shampoo
Dry shampoos use starches to absorb extra oiliness rather than strip the hair of oils, which is a big part of their appeal. Another reason they’re so popular? They’re also super-quick to use. Finger comb hair and spray dry shampoo onto the roots, using fingers to ‘shake’ it through the hair and add texture and volume. Pin with clips for messy, boho chic look.
5. Do the milkmaid braid
This one’s great for long hair when you definitely don’t have time to wash, and has the added bonus of being easier to do when hair is a little bit oily. Brush out your hair and part in the middle, creating two pigtails. Braid each pigtail and secure with a band, then pull the pigtail out a little for extra volume. Then secure each pigtail with clips on top of your head – experiment to see whether side-by-side or criss-crossing your braids creates a better braid for your hair. Once mastered, this is super quick and will become your go-to solution!
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