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How To Get Rid Of Oily Scalp And Hair Naturally: 16 Home Remedies

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How To Get Rid Of Oily Scalp And Hair Naturally: 16 Home Remedies Hyderabd040-395603080 January 22, 2020

Oily scalp and hair are pretty common. It is just the natural oil (sebum) that protects and nourishes your hair. But, an abnormally oily scalp can be a problem. It makes your hair feel sweaty, greasy, and dirty all the time, no matter how often you wash your hair. Sometimes, an overly oily scalp can even lead to excessive itching, redness, and seborrheic dermatitis. You can control the oiliness by following the simple home remedies and preventive tips given below.

Before we get to the remedies, let’s talk about the causes of an oily scalp and its accompanying symptoms.

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What Causes Oily Hair?

Some factors that could lead to an oily scalp and hair include:

  • Humidity: If the weather around you is humid, chances are high that you will be left with a head full of oily hair even after shampooing, especially during summers.
  • Touching your hair too much can transfer the oil from your hands to your hair, making it oilier.
  • Use of certain hair serums can also make your scalp oily.
  • Using too much conditioner.
  • Deficiency of B vitamins.
  • Hormonal imbalances.
  • Shampooing too much may also strip your hair of its natural oil, thus making your scalp produce even more oil.
  • Untreated dandruff.
  • Not washing your hair often enough.

Given below are some natural treatment options for getting rid of oily hair.

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How To Get Rid Of Oily Hair Naturally

  1. Tea Tree Oil
  2. Apple Cider Vinegar
  3. Coconut Oil
  4. Aloe Vera
  5. Epsom Salt
  6. Baking Soda
  7. Green Tea
  8. Argan Oil
  9. Cocoa Powder
  10. Egg Yolk
  11. Lemon Juice
  12. Jojoba Oil
  13. Oatmeal
  14. Vitamins
  15. Yogurt Hair Mask
  16. Henna

Home Remedies  ToTreat Oily and Greasy Hair

1. Tea Tree Oil

This remedy is especially helpful for those who have a greasy scalp because of dandruff. A research study shows that the application of the antimicrobial tea tree oil to your scalp can control the greasiness and itchiness caused by dandruff (1).

You Will Need
  • 15 drops of tea tree oil
  • 30 mL of any carrier oil (coconut or jojoba oil)
What You Have To Do
  1. Add 15 drops of tea tree oil to 30 mL of any carrier oil and mix well.
  2. Apply this mixture to your scalp and spread it evenly through the length of your hair.
  3. Leave it on for at least an hour before washing off.
  4. You can also apply tea tree oil directly to your scalp if you are not sensitive to it.
How Often You Should Do This

2 to 3 times a week.

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2. Apple Cider Vinegar

The presence of acetic acid in apple cider vinegar imparts pH-balancing properties to it. Its acidity can balance the pH level of your scalp (2). Since oily hair has a low pH, rinsing it with ACV may restore its pH balance and control the secretion of excess oil on your scalp.

You Will Need
  • 2-3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup of water
What You Have To Do
  1. Add two to three tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to a cup of water and mix well.
  2. Wash your hair with a mild cleanser.
  3. After washing the cleanser off, rinse your hair with the apple cider vinegar solution.
  4. Leave it on for a few minutes before rinsing off with cold water.
How Often You Should Do This

3 to 4 times a week.

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3. Coconut Oil

Applying coconut oil prior to shampooing is a great way to condition your hair without making it greasy. Virgin coconut oil is light and has a lower molecular weight compared to many other oils, which helps give your hair the required shine (3). Thus, it may also help prevent excess sebum production.

You Will Need

Virgin coconut oil (as per requirement)

What You Have To Do
  1. Take a little virgin coconut oil and rub it between your palms.
  2. Apply the oil evenly to your scalp and hair.
  3. Leave it on for an hour before washing it off with a mild shampoo.
How Often You Should Do This

Once a week.

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4. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera exhibits significant astringent and nourishing properties due to its nutrient-rich composition (4). Thus, it may help control sebum secretion and make your hair soft.

You Will Need
  • 1-2 teaspoons of aloe vera gel
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 1 cup of water
What You Have To Do
  1. Add one to two teaspoons of aloe vera gel to a tablespoon of lemon juice.
  2. Add a cup of water to this mixture and mix well.
  3. Use this to rinse your hair, preferably after shampooing.
  4. Leave it on for a few minutes and wash off with cold water.
How Often You Should Do This

You can do this every once in a while to control oily scalp.

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5. Epsom Salt

Epsom salt is a rich source of magnesium. Magnesium may help reduce scalp inflammation and absorb the excess sebum secreted by your scalp (5).

You Will Need

1-2 teaspoons of Epsom salt

What You Have To Do
  1. Add a little Epsom salt to your shampoo and
  2. shampoo your hair with it.
  3. You can let the Epsom salt-shampoo mixture work on your scalp and hair for a few minutes before washing it off.
How Often You Should Do This

Twice a week.

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6. Baking Soda

Baking soda works great as a dry shampoo as well as a rinse for oily hair. Anecdotal evidence suggests that its alkaline nature may help in balancing the pH of your scalp and absorbing excess oil.

You Will Need

Baking soda (as per requirement)

What You Have To Do
  1. Sprinkle baking soda all over your scalp and hair.
  2. Brush your hair to spread it out.
  3. Alternatively, you can mix a tablespoon of baking soda with three to four tablespoons of water and apply it to wet hair. You can rinse it off after a few minutes.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this twice a week.

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7. Green Tea

Green tea is loaded with polyphenols. This makes it extremely beneficial when it comes to the health of your scalp. It plays a significant role in controlling sebum secretion (6).

You Will Need
  • ½ cup of green tea
  • 1 cup of water
What You Have To Do
  1. Add half a cup of green tea to a cup of water and bring to a boil in a saucepan.
  2. Simmer for 5 minutes and strain.
  3. After the green tea mixture cools a bit, apply it to your scalp and hair.
  4. Let it sit for 30-45 minutes before rinsing it off.
How Often You Should Do This

Once a week.

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8. Argan Oil

Massaging argan oil into your scalp and hair can redistribute the sebum to your hair shafts and keep them moisturized, thus regulating the secretion of sebum and stimulating blood circulation (7). However, there is limited data on how it benefits oily hair.

You Will Need
  • Pure argan oil (as per requirement)
  • A towel
What You Have To Do
  1. Take some pure argan oil and apply it to your scalp and hair strands evenly.
  2. Wrap your head with a towel.
  3. Let the oil work on your scalp for about 30 to 60 minutes.
  4. Shampoo using a mild cleanser and lukewarm water.
How Often You Should Do This

1 to 2 times a week.

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9. Cocoa Powder

Cocoa powder works great as a dry shampoo, especially if you have dark hair. It is said that it helps absorb excess oil from your scalp and imparts soft auburn highlights to your hair. However, there is no scientific evidence to prove the same.

You Will Need

1 teaspoon of cocoa powder

What You Have To Do
  1. Sprinkle some cocoa powder on your hair and scalp.
  2. Comb your hair to even out the powder.

Individuals with lighter hair can opt for arrowroot powder.

How Often You Should Do This

Whenever you don’t have time to shampoo your hair.

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10. Egg Yolk

Egg yolks are packed with fatty acids and nutrients that help in restoring your hair’s natural sebum (8). This, in turn, prevents the secretion of excess sebum by your hair follicles.

You Will Need
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix one egg yolk with a tablespoon of lemon juice.
  2. Apply this mixture evenly to freshly washed hair.
  3. Leave it on for 30 to 40 minutes.
  4. Rinse off with cold water.
How Often You Should Do This

Once a week.

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11. Lemon Juice

Lemon juice contains citric acid. A study conducted on hamsters has found that citrus flavonoid can inhibit sebum secretion (9).

Caution: Do not sit under the sun after applying lemon juice to your hair as it can bleach your hair upon exposure to sunlight.

You Will Need
  • 2 lemons
  • 2 cups of distilled water
What You Have To Do
  1. Squeeze the juice from two lemons.
  2. Add two cups of distilled water to it and mix well.
  3. Refrigerate this mixture.
  4. After every hair wash, pat your hair dry and apply the mixture.
  5. Leave it on for 10 minutes before washing it off.
How Often You Should Do This

Once in a while whenever your hair gets too oily.

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12. Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil is quite similar to the natural sebum secreted by your scalp. Its consistent use can make your scalp believe that it has secreted enough sebum, thus preventing the secretion of excess oil (10).

You Will Need

Jojoba oil (as per requirement)

What You Have To Do
  1. Apply jojoba oil evenly to your scalp and hair strands.
  2. Leave it on for 30 to 60 minutes before washing it off with a mild shampoo.
How Often You Should Do This

Once a week.

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13. Oatmeal

Oatmeal oil offers multiple benefits when it comes to your hair. Its thick consistency helps it soak up all the extra grease from your hair. Its anti-inflammatory properties also help soothe your scalp and make your hair soft (11).

You Will Need

Cooked oatmeal

What You Have To Do
  1. Take some cooked oatmeal and apply it evenly to your scalp.
  2. Leave it on for a good 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Wash it off with a mild shampoo.
How Often You Should Do This

1 to 2 times a week.

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14. Vitamins

Vitamins, especially B vitamins, help a great deal when it comes to combating oily hair. Deficiency of vitamin B2 (riboflavin) and vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) is said to be associated with the symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis (like greasiness) (12). Hence, including them in your diet may help you get rid of greasy and sticky hair. Foods rich in these vitamins include eggs, dairy products, shellfish, and poultry.

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15. Yogurt Hair Mask

A yogurt hair mask is one of the best remedies to get rid of oily hair naturally. It helps in nourishing your hair and restoring the natural pH of your scalp (13).

You Will Need
  • ½ cup of plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix half a cup of plain yogurt with two tablespoons of lemon juice and a teaspoon of baking soda.
  2. Whisk to get a smooth paste.
  3. Apply this mixture to your hair, concentrating on your scalp.
  4. Cover your hair with a towel and leave the mixture on for at least 30 minutes before washing it off with plain water.
How Often You Should Do This

Once a week.

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16. Henna

Henna is another natural ingredient that is good for your hair. It is said that it can help absorb the excess oil from your hair and regulate the sebum secretion from your scalp, though there is not enough scientific evidence to prove the same.

You Will Need
  • ½ cup of henna powder
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil (optional)
What You Have To Do
  1. Whisk half a cup of henna powder with an egg white.
  2. You can also add two tablespoons of coconut oil to this to avoid excessive drying.
  3. Leave the mixture on your hair for 30 to 60 minutes before washing it off with water.
How Often You Should Do This

You can do this every two weeks or whenever your hair feels extra greasy.

Why This Works

Henna is another natural ingredient that can give you healthy and nourished hair. It can help you get rid of the unwanted oil and is, in fact, quite drying. However, oily haired beauties can definitely benefit from this remedy (14).

Here are a few additional tips that you should follow along with the above remedies to prevent your scalp from becoming oily and sticky.

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Prevention Tips

Don’ts
  • Do not touch your hair every now and then.
  • While conditioning your hair, do not apply the conditioner too close to your scalp.
  • Avoid stressing too much.
  • Avoid using hot water to wash your hair.
  • Do not use heating tools on your hair daily.
  • Avoid sugar, fried foods, and meat as they tend to make your glands produce more oil.
Dos
  • Wash your hair every 2 to 3 days and avoid washing too often.
  • Use a mild shampoo that does not strip your hair of its natural oils.
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Change your pillow cover every week.
  • Use warm or cool water to wash your hair.
  • Consume foods rich in vitamin B like beams, poultry, fish, and fresh fruits and veggies.

Now that you have the perfect remedies for oil-free and smooth hair, try them out to get rid of the problem. And for more queries related to this post, you can get in touch with us via the comments section.

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Expert’s Answers For Readers’ Questions

What is the best shampoo for oily hair?

It is best to opt for mild shampoos to get rid of oily hair. You can also use natural dry shampoos like baking soda and cocoa powder to treat greasy hair.

Which oil is best for oily hair?

You can use light oils like coconut oil, argan oil, and jojoba oil to treat greasy hair.

Should oily hair be washed every day?

Oily hair should not be washed every day. You can wash it every alternate day or once  every three days as washing too often can cause your glands to produce more oil.

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Shaheen Naser

Shaheen holds a postgraduate degree in Human Genetics and Molecular Biology. She is a Geneticist with proficiency in Biotechnology, Immunology, Medical Genetics, Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Genetic Counseling. Her passion for writing and her educational background have assisted her substantially in writing quality content on topics related to health and wellness. In her free time, Shaheen loves to explore the world and the different flavors/cuisines it has to offer. Photography is another hobby she has developed of late.