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10 Ways To Prevent Your Hair from Getting Oily Too Fast

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You want hair that looks and feels great – not greasy and flat.

If you have fine oily hair (and I’m sure some with coarser hair too) you know the sleek hair struggle all too well.

Every time you wash your hair you wish it stays fluffy and bouncy for at least a couple of days. But it doesn’t. No matter what you try, it turns dull, lifeless and weighed down in just a few hours of washing.

Why does hair get oily? Oil is naturally secreted by the oil glands that are located underneath your skin and scalp. This natural oil is necessary to keep your skin moisturised and hair soft and shiny. It is also needed for the health of the scalp. For some people, the scalp produces more oil than is needed and thus causes oily hair.

While you most likely are born with oily scalp, but there are certain thing you can do to keep the oil production under control. This list of 10 tips will help you get lighter, bouncier and more balanced tresses.

10 Ways to Stop Hair From Getting Greasy Too Fast  

1. Don’t Shampoo Every Single Day

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Maybe your hair is already starting to rebel after reading this, but washing your hair every day is not a good idea – even if you have super oily hair.

When you wash your hair every day you strip your scalp and hair of all the amazing natural oils and nutrients. This can lead to breakage, dull looking hair, and overall, it will make your scalp dry and flaky.

Also, the more you wash your hair, the more your scalp over produces oil because you’re stripping the natural oils. So it’s kind of vicious cycle. And the only way you can break it is by giving your every day washing a break.

So if you are washing your hair every day, try to take it down to every other day. And if you are already doing that, try washing every two-three days.

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2. Keep Your Hands Off Your Hair

If you have a habit of playing with your hair, don’t do it. The more contact your hands have with your hair, the more oil is produced by the scalp, and you will soon end up with oily hair. (Get this squeeze ball instead and save your hair).

If you have bangs, make sure you pin them to the side or cut them to a length that won’t block your eyes. Otherwise you’ll end up pushing them around all day. One idea is to not have a fringe, they always get greasy quickly. I grew mine out – best thing I ever did.

3. Wash Your Hair In Reverse

I do this all the time. If you have fine, oily hair like me, you’ll especially benefit from this method. Reversing the order means you apply oil or other conditioning mask before washing your hair. This way your hair still gets all the moisturising benefits of using conditioner and you are not left with that weighted, greasy-feeling look.

Good conditioning oils for oily hair: coconut, argan, olive, avocado, flax seed and babassu oil.

You can also try following conditioning recipes:

Conditioning treatment 1:

Take 2 teaspoon of coconut oil, 1 teaspoon of jojoba oil and 1 teaspoon of castor oil. Mix them well. Apply on damp or dry hair, massage the oil into your scalp and hair and leave it on for few hours, then wash hair with a natural shampoo.

Conditioning treatment 2

Take 2 teaspoon almond oil, 2 teaspoon olive oil, 2 teaspoon homemade amla oil and 1 teaspoon castor oil. Mix them well and follow the above instructions.

4. Freshen Your Hair with Herbal Hair Rinserosemary hair rinse

If you work out every day or live in a very humid climate, skip shampoo and use a hair rinse to freshen up your hair. Herbal hair rinses are incredibly nourishing for your hair and scalp. When you use the right herbs, they keep oil production in check as well as add lustre, bounce and body to your hair.

How to make an herbal hair rinse: simply place 1-2 teaspoons of herb – such as nettle, amla or lime/orange peel – in a pot or jug and pour hot water over it. Let it steep, covered, for 10 to 15 minutes. Then strain the liquid.

To use: Pour herb water on your hair. Work it into your scalp and hair and leave it on for 3 to 5 minutes. Then rinse off with cool water to lock in the shine.

Here are some other amazing recipes for herbal hair rinse. You can also use rosemary rinsegreen tea, sage rinse, or nettle rinse for oily hair.

5. Use dry shampoo


Dry shampoo is a nice way to soak up the oils and leave your hair smelling fresh and clean. But don’t use it more than once or twice a month as it will clog your scalp pores.

Here are some easy dry shampoo recipes that you can make at home.

6. Change your pillow case every week

You don’t want to rest your head on a pillow covered with old dirt and oil from your hair and face. Not only will it make your hair greasy, but it can also make your acne worse.

Also look into using natural detergents to wash your laundry as harsh soaps can irritate the skin and stimulate excess oils. I haven’t tried it yet, but some people use reetha/soapnuts to wash their clothes.

7. Water temperature is important

Use warm water to prevent hair going greasy fast

It can be tempting to use hot water on your hair, especially during winters, but don’t do it. Washing your hair with hot water overstimulates the oil producing glands and you will end up with greasy head very quickly. Besides, hot water can lead to premature greying of hair, and it also weakens the hair roots.

So always use warm water when washing your hair. And at the end, rinse with cool water – it helps to close the pores as well as make hair shiny and smooth.

8. Don’t use heat on it every day

Limit your hot tool usage—even your blow dryer. This is because hot air can cause your scalp to become dry which in turn will stimulate over production of oil. If you need to blow dry your hair, then make sure to use the coolest setting.

Besides, using heat styling tools can damage the protein that make up your hair and cause breakage and split ends. That’s why you should avoid straightening or curling your hair on a daily basis. Start loving your natural hair, it is beautiful.

9. Try Different Hairstyles

You can easily make your greasy hair look cool by wearing different hairstyles. Also, greasy hair hold styles better than freshly washed locks.

You can wear a messy bun or a sleek ponytail. Here’s a nice video on how to create easy and cute hairstyles with oily hair. You will also find this picture tutorials useful to style your hair.

10. Oil control hair mask

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Finally, you can apply homemade hair masks to keep the oiliness in check. I particularly like the egg mask, aloe vera mask, fenugreek mask, and henna hair gloss. All of these really help to balance oil production, and also help to keep hair strong and add shine and volume to hair.

Use these simple tips to prevent your hair from becoming greasy, and you should see results in a few weeks. Also, if you are using herbs or DIY treatments, only try one at a time until you find one that works for you.

Do you follow any of the above tips? Or have any other tips for oily hair control? please share below

You may also like: How to add Volume and Thickness to Fine Hair

  • Seena says:

    I washed my hair every 3 days and actually trained my hair to produce less oil. It took about five months for my hair to stop producing extra oil. It was so worth it.

  • Ana Marie says:

    So i used baking soda as a shampoo and oat water to seal the cuticle. In three days I’m usually very oily. It’s been three days and I barely feel any oil it kind of feels dry. I’m worried that baking soda has too high of a pH to be used on my hair.

  • Pragya says:

    I use a thyme, Rosemary and green tea hair rinse. I leave it on my hair and do not wash it off. Is that ok?

    • Minaz says:

      Yes that is okay.
      Check both ways, how your hair behaves with rinse on or washed out.
      Whichever is better for your hair, do that.

  • joi says:

    When I try to wash my hair less often my scalp starts to itch like crazy.

    • Minaz says:

      To start with, just stretch a day more than you are used to.

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