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How To Treat Oily Hair

Updated on January 22, 2012
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If you suffer from chronically oily hair, you know how disheartening the condition is. Excess oils in the scalp travel down the hair shaft and make your hair hang heavily on your head. Within hours of shampooing and shower, the oil slick is back. Rest assured it has very little to do with your hygiene and more to do with heredity. There are a few things you can do to slow the oil production.


Every time you shower, bathe and shampoo your hair; do it twice. Leave the second lathering on your hair for 5 to 10 minutes before rinsing. Make sure you are using a shampoo with a high content of lauryl sulfate. Lauryl sulfate combats the oil. If you are not stuck on high end names brands, try using a dandruff shampoo that has the ingredient coal tar. Coal tar is very drying.


If you are using a conditioner, choose one with low levels of lanolin. Lanolin adds to the excess oils. Apply conditioner only to the dry ends. Do not distribute conditioner from hair root to shaft.

Final Rinse with Rosemary

Prior to washing oily hair, Boil 2 cups of water and pour the boiling water over 4 tbls. of fresh or dried Rosemary. Let the Rosemary steep in the boiling water for 20 to 30 minutes. Pour the liquid through a strainer or paper coffee filter into a plastic bottle.

After washing and conditioning your hair, pour a final rinse of the Rosemary water through your hair. Do not rinse it out. Rosemary helps to combat scalp oil production, leaving your hair less oily.

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Squeeze the juice from 2 to 3 lemons into a cup and add it to 1 cup of distilled water. Pour the lemon and water mixture into a spray bottle.

After shampooing, towel dry your hair. Evenly distribute the lemon juice and water through your hair. Leave it in your hair for 10 minutes. Rinse the lemon juice out of your hair with the Rosemary rinse water.

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After shampooing, towel drying, adding lemon juice and distilled water and rinsing with Rosemary water, mix 1/2 cup of water with 1/2 cup of vinegar. Pour the water and vinegar through your hair. Do not worry the vinegar smell will completely fade away within 15 to 20 minutes or sooner if you blow dry your hair.

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Mix 1/4 cup of witch hazel with 1/4 cup Listerine mouthwash. Use the plain old fashioned original Listerine. Dip a washcloth into the mixture, part your hair and wipe your scalp. Continue to part your hair in many areas over your entire head and swab your scalp. Both witch hazel and Listerine help to slow the oil production.

Avoid getting any of these product in your eyes. If you do, flush well with cool water for 3 to 5 minutes. If severe eye irritation occurs, seek medical help.


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