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 ]

7. Use Conditioners Carefully:

Use conditioners only to the ends of your hair, in-case they have dried out. They are not recommended for oily hair as they coat the hair. They provide moisture. This moisture only adds to oiliness and greasiness.

8. Avoid Serums and Glossy Gels:

Oily hair has a natural shine. Avoid using shining serums and glossy gels on hair. These are simply not required. They only add to your hassles.

9. Avoid Over Brushing Hair:

Avoid brushing your hair too much. The oils from your scalp get distributed throughout your hair every time you run a brush.

10. Do Not Rub /Scratch the Scalp:

Never rub towel or scratch your scalp vigorously. This may lead to abrasions, oily dandruff or may excite the oil glands to generate more oil secretion.

11. Baby Powder to Remove Excess Oils:

If you are in a hurry with no time to wash your hair, sprinkle some baby powder, let it rest for 5 minutes and comb well. The powder should soak up the excess oils and make your hair smell good.

[ Read: Smelly Hair Home Remedies ]

12. Diluted Vinegar and Lemon Juice Rinse:

Another method to reduce the greasiness is to rinse the hair after shampooing with diluted vinegar or lemon juice. For this, two tablespoons of white vinegar or the juice of one lemon should be mixed with one cup of water. After shampooing, the hair should be rinsed with this mixture and then finally rinsed with tepid water. Both lemon juice and vinegar help in controlling shampoo build-up.

13. Beer Rinse:

Any kind of alcohol or beer gives a drying effect to the hair, reducing the greasiness. The higher the content of alcohol, the better it is. For this, half a cup of alcohol or beer should be mixed with a couple of cups of water. The hair should be finally rinsed with this mixture, which will reduce the greasiness as well as make the hair shine.

14. Tea Rinse:

After shampooing, the hair can also be rinsed with a diluted tea mixture. Tea contains tannic acid which acts as an astringent, reducing oiliness. For this, boil tea leaves in a glass of water. When it becomes lukewarm, apply the tea water on the scalp and hair, and leave for some time. Rinse with water and shampoo.

15. Mint Rinse:

Mint leaf is also a product used for removing greasiness of the hair. Boil a handful of mint leaves in two glasses of water for fifteen to twenty minutes. Add this mixture to the shampoo and apply on your hair. Mint has astringent properties which when applied on the hair removes excess oils.

16. Egg Yolk and Lemon Juice Remedy:

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Another remedy to remove excess greasiness is to use an egg yolk. It not only removes oiliness but also lends a shine to the hair. For this, take two egg yolks; add a few drops of lemon juice and beat this well. Then apply the mixture on wet hair and leave it for five to seven minutes. After that, rinse thoroughly. To get rid of the greasiness, one must use this mixture at least two or three times a week.

17. Oatmeal Remedy:

Oatmeal is another great greasy hair home remedies. Since it is thick in consistency, it soaks up the oil from the scalp and also soothes itchiness. For this, prepare oatmeal and when it cools down, apply a generous amount of it on the scalp and leave for ten to fifteen minutes. Rinse and shampoo as usual.

18. Baking Soda:

Another method to remove greasiness is with the help of baking soda. But it should be used in a diluted form. Baking soda curbs the greasiness in the hair. Mix two to three tablespoons of baking soda in a liter of water. Apply this on the hair and leave for twenty minutes. Then shampoo the hair as usual. This treatment for oily hair can be done thrice every week.

19. Tea and Rosemary Rinse:

A rinse of tea and rosemary also helps in reducing the greasiness of the hair. In a bowl, take 2 tablespoons of dried rosemary and pour one cup of boiling water over it. Cover and steep it for 20 minutes, strain and cool it. Pour this mixture in a plastic bottle and after each shampoo, splash the hair with this rosemary decoction.

20. Use Henna Treatment:

Use henna for conditioning your hair. Henna has a drying effect, which is suitable for an oily scalp. Mix yoghurt in your henna pack. Use henna once in two weeks.

21. Eat The Right Kind Of Food:

Stay away from oily and processed foods as much as possible. Remember, whatever you eat has a manifestation on your appearance and your body. Eating food items which are deep fried or the ones available in the fast food kiosks will only make your scalp condition worse. Instead of French fries, chips and burgers, start munching on fresh fruits and vegetables. Include almonds, dates, raisins and berries in your regular diet. Drink fresh fruit juices instead of canned and processed ones or aerated drinks.

22. Drink Lots Of Water:

Water is helpful in flushing out toxins from your body. Drink plenty of water to obtain a healthy scalp and hair.

23. Lemon:

Lemon comes as a life savior for people with oily hair. To use it as a remedy, mix juice of two lemons with two cups of distilled water and store it. After every wash, pat your hair dry and massage your hair and scalp using this solution. Keep it on for 5 minutes and rinse thoroughly.

Home Remedies for Oily Hair with Dandruff:

Here are some more homemade recipes to get rid of dandruff and itchy scalp due to oily hair:

24. Lemon:

Lemon, once again, is a tried and tested method for treating dandruff and dirty scalp.

To use:

  • Rub half a lemon on your scalp before shower
  • Leave it on for 10-15 minutes
  • Wash your hair off normally with shampoo
  • Try this treatment only occasionally

25. Tea Leaves and Lemon Juice:

Tea leaves with lemon juice is another good way of treating dandruff. It is also good for a shining hair.

To use:

  • Boil dry tea leaves in water
  • Strain and then let the water cool completely
  • Add the juice of half a lemon
  • Apply this on the scalp and hair and leave for an hour
  • Wash your hair normally

26. Snake Gourd Juice:

Snake gourd juice is beneficial in the prevention and treatment of dandruff naturally.

To use:

  • The juice should be rubbed over the scalp.
  • You can also mix it with fresh beet juice to increase its effectiveness.

27. Table Salt:

Ordinary table salt scrubs off dandruff and dry flaky scalp skin.

To use:

  • Massage salt on your dry scalp right before your shower.
  • Then wash off your hair properly.

28. Apple Cider Vinegar:

Apple cider vinegar is one ingredient in our kitchen, which is useful for almost everything. It is really effective in removing dandruff too.

To use:

  • Make a solution with 1/4th cup of regular apple cider vinegar and a cup of water.
  • Massage your scalp with this solution.
  • Leave it on your hair while you take your shower.
  • Rinsing it out right before you’re ready to get out of the shower.
  • Repeat this treatment daily for a week to eliminate dandruff completely.

Pick the ones that suit you the best and forget about oily hair problems!

Hope this article on home remedies for oily hair helps you to battle the issue! If you know anymore effective tips for oily hair treatment, share with us in the comment section.

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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!!