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How to Get Rid of Greasy Hair Fast - 6 Tips

Updated on September 18, 2013

Oily Hair

There are a lot of people who spend a lot of money and effort into keeping their hair looking its best. However, styling becomes difficult when you have greasy hair. Stringy, flat and oily hair, as experts describe it, is a common problem faced by countless people. Some even spend hundreds of dollars at the salon for various hair products and treatments. But did you know that you can treat greasy hair using home remedies? Find out how to get rid of greasy hair with these home remedies and simple lifestyle fixes.

What Causes Greasy Hair?

The first thing you have to understand when trying to stop greasy hair is its causes. What gives your hair that oiliness is the sebum produced by your sebaceous glands. Now sebum isn't entirely bad; sebum actually does a lot of great things for your body. It keeps your skin moist and gives your hair that shiny and healthy look. However, the sebaceous glands can become too active, thus producing too much oil. Some common triggers include hormonal fluctuations, certain medications and stress. It’s also hereditary. So if your parents had greasy hair, you can also expect you will, too.

6 Tips to Get Rid of Greasy Hair Fast

1. Use a mild shampoo.

It is a must that you take good care of your hair, and an essential part of this is shampooing your hair using a product that is appropriate for your condition. Hundreds of shampoos occupy the racks at your local grocery store so it can be difficult to choose which one to use. For greasy hair, look for labels that say “clarifying” or "for greasy hair”. Choose a mild shampoo and thoroughly wash your hair. Some would say that shampooing your hair every day isn't a good idea but for greasy hair sufferers, you can certainly do so.

2. Use conditioners properly.

People with greasy hair can miss using a conditioner on their hair but if you think it is necessary, make sure that you use it properly. Do not let the conditioner touch your scalp. This might cause you to suffer from further oiliness. Just apply the conditioner halfway down your hair.

3. Avoid too much brushing.

If you’re the type who can’t seem to have enough of hair brushing, it’s time to drop this bad habit. Sure, it can give you that style you’re looking for but it can also spread oil throughout your hair.

4. Use lemon juice.

Now for those who are waiting for home remedies for greasy hair, here’s one for you. Lemon juice can help you get rid of greasy hair quickly because of its acidity. Squeeze 1 lemon and mix the juice with 1 cup of water. After shampooing, rinse your hair with the lemon juice then rinse it off using warm water.

5. Try beer.

Don’t be surprised; beer is actually another remedy for greasy hair. Beer has a drying effect, which can help stop the greasiness of your hair. Just rinse your hair with beer after shampooing and rinse it off thoroughly afterwards.

6. Be careful with styling products.

Many people can’t leave the house without using some styling product on their hair. Many of these products contain harsh chemicals and irritate your scalp. Some products also cause drying, which the sebaceous glands counter by producing more oil. Choose your styling products carefully and try to use them only when they are really necessary. Little things like this can go a long way when trying to get rid of greasy hair.

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      Cliff Mendrez 6 years ago from Philippines

      Pretty interesting, that beer remedy, right? I have the same experience as you. At first I thought massaging your scalp with conditioner wouldn't cause any problem until I found my hair greasier than normal. Thanks for reading, alissa!

    • alissaroberts profile image

      Alissa Roberts 6 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Very useful tips for dealing with greasy hair. Very interesting about the beer. I never knew it could be a hair remedy. Not putting conditioner on your scalp is the tip that works on my hair. Great hub - voted up!


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