My hair looks very similar to the picture
posted in an earlier question, although my hair is usually much more frizzy. Lots of volume, mostly straight with a natural wave toward the ends. It's long (about bra-strap-length), cut in long layers, and I don't want to change the style at all.
Main problem is that it gets oily very fast - noticeable within 24 hours and quickly intolerable after that. I usually wash it every other day, which is not enough (second day it's too greasy to be out of a ponytail), but it's a giant pain to wash my hair. It takes forever to work shampoo and conditioner into my hair and wash it out cleanly, and also takes forever to air dry so I'm sitting around for an hour or more with wet hair (I shower at night)....so washing it daily is a daunting idea. I've also heard that washing it daily is damaging etc.
Is there anything I can do to make my hair ok with non-daily washing? I'm not interested in no-poo, SLS-free is super expensive with unconvincing results, and I have trouble finding dry shampoos in my local (Canadian, if it matters) drugstores, especially reasonably priced ones. Secondary problem is frizz - whenever it's not oily, it's frizzy.
I would like to make it more sleek and less oily, if possible.
It's fairly easy to achieve either of these (to some degree) but never both at once. Every anti-frizz serum/cream/spray I've tried either does nothing or makes even freshly washed hair look extremely greasy. Blowdrying it straight helps but it's still very frizzy. Maybe I'm doing it wrong?
Relevant background info:
-Try to avoid damage: blowdry rarely, always with cool air. Pat dry with towel, then air dry. Untangle with a wide-tooth comb when completely dry, and brush with boar-bristle every few days on average. The ponytails are probably bad, but I don't have much of an alternative for greasy hair days (or sports, several times a week), and I use the metal-free bands to avoid tangles. It doesn't tangle much if I comb it every day, which I do.
-wash every other day with any random shampoo (concentrating on scalp, but spreading throughout hair) and usually garnier fructis conditioner (neck and lower) if I can find it on sale. The fructis sleek n shine line helps more than any other conditioner I've tried, but there's a lot of room for improvement. I'm ok with spending a bit more on shampoo and conditioner, but only if there's actually a difference!
-rarely use anti-frizz products (maybe every few weeks) and never use any other styling products - I'm clueless about them and also don't want to invest much time or money especially without guaranteed success. So, product buildup isn't a big issue.
-have never dyed my hair - really more of a wash, brush and leave it alone kind of person. Low maintenance solutions strongly preferred!
In short: I'm looking for reasonably priced (under 10$, or under 20$ if exceptional), reasonably fool-proof hair products or simple hair care tips that will make my fine, frizzy, oily hair look better. Thanks!