You wash your hair in the morning and style it to perfection, all ready to look good through the day. But a quick glance in the mirror after a few hours reveals a different story. Your hair seems to have become oily and greasy look you never even washed it in the first place!

This means you have oily hair. Hair shafts are protected from breakage and your scalp stays in good condition due to oil glands. These glands might secrete too much oil due to a variety of reasons such as hormonal fluctuations, hereditary conditions or the natural texture of your hair. Not to worry we have a few remedies for oily hair at home.

Oil secretion is good for the hair as it maintains the roots well but nothing in excess is ever good and the proof of it lies in the oily hair type. Moreover, realizing how much this bothers the women of today, all the multinational companies rushed to produce many products dedicated to fighting off the excess oil. How many of them work nobody can tell.

What if we promised you a few tips that will definitely result in less oil and more bounce? Along with the added advantage of being pocket friendly? Here are a few remedies for oily hair at home!

Hair Care Remedies for Oily Hair

1. Get a Shampoo for Oily Hair:

If you have oily hair, it is best to shampoo everyday to keep your hair clean and grease free.

Ideally, choose a shampoo meant for oily hair. If your hair is dry, use a nourishing conditioner only on the hair shafts to keep them moisturized and soft. If you have oily hair along with an oily scalp, the shampoo for oily hair is going to take care of both your scalp and tresses at the same time.

Massage your scalp thoroughly while shampooing. It is mandatory that you keep your scalp squeaky clean by removing the  oil and dirt that tend to stick to your scalp. Always invest in a mild shampoo that is suitable for regular usage.

2. Rinse Thoroughly:

When shampooing, ensure that you rinse your hair thoroughly. Any residue will only attract more oil and dirt. Never leave any soap or shampoo residue on hair. It’s very important to wash off every bit of soap lather remaining on your hair to get squeaky-clean hair. The residue will not only make your hair oily and greasy, but harm it too

3. Shampoo Every Alternate Day:

Since sebum, dirt and impurities tend to build up on your scalp, make sure that you shampoo your hair every alternate day. This will help to keep your scalp fresh and clean. Rub your scalp gently with your fingers while applying the shampoo so that no scope is left behind for scalp build ups.

4. Use Specially Designed Shampoos:

Use shampoos specially designed for oily hair. Normal hair require shampoos with a pH between 4.5 and 6.7, but oily hair need one which goes beyond that.

5. Go For Oil Treatments Once A Week:

Oil plays an important role in the hair care treatment. Mix coconut oil with almond oil. Add a few drops of tea tree essential oil. Use this mixture to massage your scalp and hair. Leave it on for one hour. Wash off with a good quality shampoo, and make sure that you wash your hair thoroughly. No trace of oil should be left behind. This will help to nourish your scalp and hair. At the same time, it will not affect your hair negatively since you won’t keep it on for more than an hour. Never go for overnight oil treatments since they can be detrimental to your hair health.

Hot oil treatment directly on the scalp works wonders for treating oily and greasy hair. I am sure you are wondering how? Here is a simple technique.

  • Gently massage the oil into the scalp
  • Rinse the oily hair thoroughly after ward

This conditions your hair well by hydrating your roots. And by washing away your hair immediately afterwards, you wash off excess hair oil while retaining the necessary amount.

6. Aloe Vera Remedy:

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One of the best natural remedies for greasy hair is to use Aloe Vera gel. For this, take a cup of mild shampoo and add a tablespoon of lemon juice and a teaspoon of fresh Aloe Vera gel. Mix this and store it in a bottle in the fridge. This amount lasts for about a week. The hair should be shampooed everyday with this mixture to get rid of greasiness.

[ Read: Best Aloe Vera Gel in India ]


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  • Lovina

    Well my hair is oily.. and it is very limpy.. when i wash with normal shampoo.. but when i wash with clarifying shampoo it tends to become dry with unwanted volume.. what do i do.. its weird basically.. pls help me.

  • Bani

    The tips mentioned here are apt.. but im not sure abt powder.. will it not make the hair look bad.. dandruff types.. i am not sure.. but seems like i should refrain from this thng.. coz im not so sure..
    Otherwise good points have been covered.

  • Pavitra

    Very informative post.. really speaks of how one should take care of the oily hair.. it can be really a mess when the hair looks flat.. and oily.. its such a turn off.. good read..thnks for sharing..

  • Nimrata

    Very nice remedies.. Thanks for shareing Neha.. your good at making this home remedies i’ll make sure to try this out thanks :)

  • shirisha

    Nice article neha its very useful thanks for sharing with us

  • Mrs. Whitfield

    I got the best results with the PHARMACERIS H SEBOPURIN. It prevents your hair to get greasy and stays fresh for up to 3 days. I wouldn’t want to live without it. I am using it for 2 years now and it never disappointed me.

  • Anonymous

    Washing your hair everyday could be causing your hair to be greasy do watch out.

  • Sonal G

    Nice article. Wash hair daily and then was hair on alternate days.
    No confusion at all!!