5 Tips on How to Fix Oily Greasy Hair

By Leah Williams •  Updated: 08/27/22

Does oil and grease stop you from having great hair throughout the day? It’s a common concern, and my clients often ask for advice on how to deal with it.

We at Lucky Curl are happy to help you with your hair woes, so read along on how to manage greasy hair and turn it into gorgeous hair.

How do I stop oily, greasy hair?

You need to reduce oil production.

Your scalp produces an oily substance called sebum. This natural oil moisturizes your scalp and hair and is easy to remove with a mild cleanser. Overactive sebaceous glands have ramped-up sebum production, resulting to greasy hair and an oily scalp.

Greasy hair most likely means you have an irritated scalp. Healthy hair strands get moisturized by natural scalp oils. The scalp overproduces oil when it feels dry, like when you wash it too often.

You can choose to deal with your oily scalp and greasy hair by using products with natural ingredients, DIY treatments, and even essential oils.

if you think your hair’s oil production is no longer normal, consult with a dermatologist before doing any treatments. You might have one of several hair disorders that cause your scalp to make excess oils, and self-medicating may do more harm.


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5 Tips to Help Banish Greasy, Oily Hair

1. Avoid using shampoo every day

If you can, avoid washing your hair every day. Sounds counterintuitive? It actually works. Washing your hair too often can irritate your scalp, and

If you want to prevent greasy hair, try shampooing every other day or every two days. Use a light conditioner on the days you don’t shampoo. Avoid conditioner on the scalp area, so you won’t make a greasy scalp worse.

2. Rinse with cold water

Hot water opens up your hair cuticles, which can cause them to absorb excess oil from your scalp.

Use lukewarm or cold water instead to rinse your hair. This will help close the cuticles and make them appear less greasy. It also helps close oil-producing pores.

3. Wash with a clarifying, sulfate-free shampoo

If you have oily hair, use a clarifying shampoo that’s sulfate-free at least once a week to remove buildup and help remove too much oil. Wash your hair with shampoos with these ingredients:

Apply conditioner to the ends of your hair, avoiding the roots and scalp. Rinse it out after a few minutes.

4. Use dry shampoo in between washes

Dry shampoo is a godsend for people with oily hair. It absorbs too much scalp oils and gives you refreshingly clean hair without water. Instant fresh hair! Daily use isn’t recommended, though, as it builds up and clogs hair follicles.

You can also try these other natural remedies:

5. Don’t turn up the heat

When you blow-dry freshly washed hair, use the cool setting to avoid damaging your hair and scalp. High heat can make your scalp produce more oil which leads to excess sebum and greasy hair. Air dry if your time allows for it.

More tips on managing greasy hair and oily scalp

Wrap up

Keeping hair grease free is doable once you know its cause, and our tips sure can help in removing excess oil from your hair.

Try a few of the natural remedies we recommended above, with some good hair practices. No matter what hair type you have, you can bid goodbye to oily hair.

Do check out our recommendations for the best shampoo for oily hair. You might find one (or two) that your hair and scalp will love!

Leah Williams

Leah Williams is the founder of Lucky Curl and has been in the hair care and styling industry for the last 15 years. Since then, she has developed incredible expertise and a deep understanding of how to treat and style the most difficult hair types and is passionate about sharing her knowledge with the readers of Lucky Curl.

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