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How to Get Rid of Oily, Greasy Hair Forever

Updated on May 8, 2015
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Dealing With Oily, Greasy Hair

How many times have you washed your hair in the morning only to have oily, greasy hair by 2 o'clock in the afternoon? It is a completely frustrating situation to deal with, not to mention the embarrassment it causes.

When it would happen to me in the past, I always wondered what people would think of me. I am sure they wondered why I didn't wash my hair a little better than I did.

But, if you don't deal with oily hair, you really don't know what it is like.

The other thing that surprised me is that my hair dressers (all of them) really never knew how to teach me how to care for my oily hair. I learned very quickly that they can teach you a few things about different hair types in cosmetology school, but unless you have personally experienced really oily hair, you cannot completely advise on how to take care of it.

After a lot of trial and error in my life with thin, fine oily hair, I learned a few tricks that literally changed my hair and, by extension, my life.

I have so much more confidence in the way I look and feel about myself. AND, I do not even have to wash my hair every single day anymore - much less twice a day.

The best thing is, many of my "tricks" use products that are natural and that you probably already have in your home.


How to Prevent Greasy Hair

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What Causes Oily Hair?

Hair follicles produce an oily substance called sebum for each strand of hair that grows from the hair follicle. People who have thicker hair have fewer hairs that grow from each follicle because there is less room in the follicle.

People with thin, fine hair grow several more hairs out of each hair follicle because the hairs are smaller and provide more room for more hair.

More individual hairs in each follicle means increased production of sebum, which means more oil in the hair.


Natural Remedies for Oily Hair

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Home Remedies For Oily Hair

One of the best things you can do to get rid of and prevent oily hair is with a powerful tool called baking soda.

Pour your shampoo in your hand and add about a teaspoon of baking soda. Mix the two together with your fingers and apply to your hair.

Work your hair into a good lather and then pile your hair on top of your head. Leave it there for about 3 minutes while you do other things in the shower.

Then, rinse your hair and continue to condition as usual.

Your hair may feel a little dull or course at first, and it might be more difficult to brush. But your hair will be MUCH less oily, and the baking soda actually prevents the oil from building back up.

You probably will not need to use baking soda every time you wash your hair. In fact, I only have to use it every once in a while because it works so well for me.

Another good hint - If you have oily skin, you can mix a little baking soda with your skin cleanser to help control oil.

You will also want to test an inconspicuous spot in your hair with the baking soda before you apply it all over your hair and leave it in. The reason for this is baking soda is a much stronger ingredient than many people think. If you leave it on too long, it could possibly damage your hair.

Just choose a small spot underneath your hair and leave it on for about three minutes to see how your hair will react. If you have no problem with the strand test, you should be able to go ahead and use it all over your hair.

You can also use witch hazel to remove oil from your roots by applying it to a cotton ball and rubbing it on the roots of your hair.

Another effective thing to use is apple cider vinegar as a rinse after you shampoo your hair. I am going to be honest. It does help oily hair, but you also walk around smelling like salad dressing all day. Not for me. I would not be doing my duty if I did not mention that it does work and , yes, I have tried it. However, this one is up to you to decide.

Important: You should know I am not a hairdresser, nor have I been trained only any level as a cosmetologist. These are suggestions based on my life experience with oily hair. You should always consult your cosmetologist before applying certain treatments to your hair.


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Keep Greasy Hair Away With Hair Color

If you have ever colored your hair, you have probably noticed that you hair became less oily. Hair color actually dries and damages your hair, which does not sound like a good thing to do for your hair. However, if your goal is to learn how to prevent greasy hair, this is one of the best methods around.

If you have thin hair, the damage the hair color causes actually results in your hair gaining volume and control.

I can always tell when it is time to color my hair not so much from the hair color fading (my hair actually tends to hold onto hair color fairly well) but from the increased oily and limp condition of my hair. Throw on a little hair color and problem solved.


I use Sebastian Cellophanes "Ammonia Free" Hair Color. It comes in a pack of 3 or 5. It is truly amazing hair color that unfortunately you cannot find in stores. It is a healthier type of hair color that still reaps all the same rewards of the regular hair colors. Your hair will be amazingly voluminous but will still retain a soft texture.

Oh, and did I mention the colors are BEAUTIFUL!

Take Time Styling Fine, Thin Hair

If you have oily hair, then you probably have fine, thin hair. Now, I am going to say this as gently as possible; If you have fine, thin hair, and you think you can simply blow dry your hair, run a brush through it and be done, you are in denial about your hair! Sorry, was that harsh???

You have to take some time with your hair to add volume and help prevent oily hair. One of the worst things you can do with oily hair is have it flat to your head. A good root lifter can also do wonders for creating volume. Fortunately for us (and our pocketbooks) many of the root lifters you find in the local drug store really do a good job.

Styling Tips For Fine, Thin Hair

Invest in a Good Shampoo for Oily Hair

Have you ever noticed that you don't see many shampoo choices for oily hair in the supermarket or drug store? Sure, you can buy shampoos to increase volume (so they say) or clarifying shampoos, but let's face it. They don't get the job done.

I have bought shampoos like that and still had to wash my hair with Dawn dishwashing liquid once a week. I am actually laughing a little as I write this! It is bad to have to admit to doing that, but a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do!

Another good idea is to leave your shampoo in your hair for an extra minute or two while you do other things in the shower. This helps to take care of some of the excess oil.

Now, this is not a cure-all for oily hair, but it is the next best thing.

Normalizing Shampoo for Oily Hair

I know this is a little more expensive than the Suave shampoo in the grocery store. But it is so worth the investment. Besides, a little goes a long way. The most amazing benefit is that this shampoo, over time, works to restore some normalcy to your hair. It gives your hair a deep clean and adds some texture and volume that makes it MUCH easier to style.


Using a Detangler For Oily Hair

Instead of using a conditioner after every wash, this Matrix Biologe Detangler is the perfect solution to get soft, tangle-free hair without the weight of conditioner.

Once or twice a week, you will probably need to use a light-weight conditioner, but using the detangler the majority of the time will help keep build-up out of your hair and keep it cleaner looking.

Round Brush Styling For Fine Hair to Create Volume

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      poo 13 months ago

      this is working really well!