Personal Hygiene

How To Get Rid of Oily Hair

Many people get very frustrated with their oily hair, the same way people who suffer from dry hair do (Learn how to get rid of dry hair). The best way you can win the fight against too much oil is to point your finger at the actual cause based on your lifestyle. It’s always a smart idea to invest in more expensive and more reliable hair care products if you are suffering from oily hair. It’s also a great idea to consult your cosmetologist to learn how you can deal with this. Dermatologists are a great idea too, mainly because oily hair has something to do with your scalp rather than the hair itself.

The worst setback of having oily hair is scalp infection. Since your scalp is too moist for comfort, it can be the breeding ground of harmful bacteria. You will be prone to head lice and itching. Itching that’s caused by moisture is more terrible than itching caused by dandruff. Your comb will bring danger to whoever borrows it. Your hair might fall out because the pores on your scalp are prone to intense clogging. Sounds like the stuff of fiction, but all these are true. Do something about it right now!

The problem, of course, is that dermatological treatment is sure to cost you more than dimes. It’s best to try to fix the problem yourself and consider the more costly solution when results of your own treatment are not favorable. It really depends on how well your body responds, which is why the results are really mixed. Enough talk – time to work out the solution.

Shampoo Less Often

Many people think that if they have oily hair, they must shampoo regularly so that their hair would be less oily. That’s dead wrong. Whenever you shampoo, your hair is stripped of its natural oils, which are replaced by the shampoo’s unnatural chemical residue. This, in turn, makes your hair limp and undernourished. When the hair is devoid of its natural oils, your body responds by producing more oil that’s too much for comfort. This is the reason why many shampoos actually have labels like “for oily hair.” The manufacturers use certain ingredients that should not damage the hair based on hair types. It’s best that you buy the salon-grade shampoos because the cheap ones only put on labels, yet the contents are all the same (whether for dry or oily hair) so they’re actually taking your money for products you shouldn’t actually use. If you are still using the cheap shampoos, change as soon as possible or you’ll be sorry.

Use Less Conditioner

If you want to use a conditioner, make sure you’re using a light one. You may condition at certain day intervals like every other day or every two days, depending on the oiliness of your hair. Never apply the conditioner on your scalp; make sure you just later it at the ends of your hair. Don’t use too much of it. Many experts even recommend an amount that’s less than a teaspoon.

Rinse Well

Since your hair is too oily, it’s imperative that you rinse thoroughly. You must, because the law of science states that oil separates from water, which means that running the water without massaging your head with much eagerness won’t do the trick. Allot some extra time for rinsing and scrubbing your scalp to eliminate the oils there. Rinsing your hair thoroughly will not yield the best results if you don’t refrain from using too many styling products. Oily hair plus styling products equals oil build-up. The build-up happens because the compounds from the products you use, combined with oil, combined with your perspiration, results in limp hair.

Change Your Diet

Where else can your body get oil from? One place is from the food you eat. Since oil is the culprit, there’s no question that you’re indulging in oily, fatty foods and instant TV dinners or snacks that are loaded with preservatives and sugary additives. People with oily hair are virtually victims of heavy fats that add up to the skin oils. This, in turn, causes the body to secrete a lot of grease on the skin, which results in oily hair. It’s also a fact that people with oily hair also have oily skin. If this is the case, buy some vitamins and eat more food with protein, more vegetables, and more fruit to create a certain balance between the fats and the other minerals that’ll eventually neutralize oil deposits.


Stress is very common for females, since their hormones fluctuate due to their menstrual cycle. This has been proven to affect the condition of the hair and scalp.

Take into consideration your emotional and mental health when dealing with oily hair. Ask yourself if there’s something that mentally or emotionally is bothering you. Try to attend some relaxation outlets such as yoga classes. Exercise is always a great way to combat stress (To cope up with stress, read how to get rid of stress), and therefore combat oily hair. It is the natural way of relieving stress because exercise creates endorphins, which make people happy.

Right Products

As discussed earlier, use only the right products for your hair type. The general rule is to always use mild shampoos and conditioners for oily hair. The products that are commonly mild would bear the words “clarifying” on their labels. This means that these products don’t contain any harmful detergents, which many cheap shampoos have.

You can also complement your hair care regimen by applying ½ teaspoon of aloe vera gel and a tablespoon of fresh lemon juice during your shampoo routine. When combing, sprinkle on some talcum powder and just comb it off using a fine-toothed comb (if you have straight hair). A fine-toothed comb
is only harmful for those with dry hair, but it will be safe in your case. Lastly, use a brush that has natural fibers as bristles. There are combs for oily hair that are made from animal hair. Use them to prevent scalp irritation caused by plastic or metal combs.

Many cases of oily hair are caused by poor hygiene, poor diet, poor regimen, and an imbalance in the body’s natural way of producing oils. If you are overly frustrated with trying to fix this problem after trying all the do-it-yourself tips for oily hair, then it’s high time to consult your dermatologist for an in-depth scalp analysis.

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Nicole Harding


  • I know this sounds unhealthy and insane, but, I dye my hair regularly (like many women). My hair is naturally oily, so when my roots come in and my hair gets oily, I know it’s time to dye my hair again.
    Seems to work everytime.

    (TIP: When re-using the same color to do your roots, DON’T apply dye past the roots and make sure you get your whole scalp area covered! If you don’t it will come out uneven! Also, If you get past the roots you’ll end up redying your dyed hair, causing more damage than you need!!)

  • I think you can also comb a bit of talcum powder into your roots for a temporary fix. Works better for people with light-coloured hair, obviously.

  • i have the same problem what i like to do is i like to skip conditioner from time to time since it adds shine to my hair thus making it more oily seems to help in some occasions. hope it helps.

  • I have started to use Vatika Enriched Coconut Oil and it contains Lemon oil which controls sebum flow and its works really well when controlling oily hair! Also sprinkly some talc in your hair to soak up excess oil too 🙂

  • I use bareMinerals make-up and they have this finishing powder called Mineral Veil, it is fantastic for oily hair (and oily skin). I just tap a little in my hands, rub it around, apply to scalp. Instantly gone!!

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