One of the most common hair problems that often gets under-rated is oily hair. Oily or greasy hair can be quite a menace ruining nearly any hairstyle that we choose for the day. Sometimes the oiliness gets uncontrollable and that is when we will have to intervene by taking additional care to get rid of the oiliness of the hair.
How do we fight oily hair through natural means? We shed light on the same by listing out 10 natural remedies for greasy hair that work great. Go on ahead and try them out to make every day of yours a good hair day!
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What Makes Hair Oily?
The sebaceous glands that are present at the roots of the hair – the hair follicles secrete the substance called sebum which is oily. This in fact, is highly necessary to grow our hair and keep it nutritious, shiny and healthy. In some cases, there is an excessive production of this oil that makes the hair look oily and greasy.
It will have to take us extra care externally to get rid of this greasiness. Sometimes, this varies with the hormonal changes, dietary changes and other triggers that make the sebaceous glands produce too much oil.
10 DIY Natural Techniques To Get Rid Of Greasy, Oily Hair
While there are many approaches to dealing with oily hair, using natural ingredients is one of the best and the safest means. These 10 natural and easily available ingredients work wonders in keeping your hair dry and at the same time retaining just enough oil to hydrate the scalp and the hairs.
1. Apple cider vinegar hair rinse
Rinsing your hair with Apple cider vinegar is one of the most common practices that is followed for keeping your hair healthy and clean. Clearing greasy or oily hair and making it dry is one of the many benefits an Apple cider vinegar has got.
It does this by dissolving the excess sebum, oil and grease that gets piled up on the hair and the scalp. In addition, it also balances the Ph on the scalp.
How to use Apple cider vinegar for oily hair
We use an apple cider vinegar hair rinse by making it in the following simple steps. It is often used after we shampoo our hair although it can used without shampooing as well.
- Take some Apple cider vinegar and dilute it to about 50%.
- If you would like, you can add an essential oil to it for the fragrance.
- Pour it over your hair and wash your hair gently with it.
- Wash your hair with water after you are done.
2. Tea Tree Oil
Despite being an oil, tea tree oil is often used to remove excess oil and sebum on the surface of the hair. It balances the Ph of the scalp and that is accounted as one of the reasons that it can remove the excess oil. As tea tree oil is an essential oil, we use only a few drops of this to clear out excess grease from the scalp.
How to use Tea tree oil for oily hair
We can massage tea tree oil directly over the hair for its best use. However, since we would like to use it in a diluted form and a less amount, we use it with a base like Aloe vera gel for the purpose.
- Take about a cup of Aloe vera gel.
- Add two teaspoons of tea tree oil to it and mix it well.
- Apply this mixture over your hair and leave it on for about half an hour.
- Wash it off with warm water or a shampoo.
3. Egg yolk
Egg yolk, one of the most used hair care ingredients can be useful in not just rendering soft, smooth and beautiful hair but also in getting rid of excessive oil and grease on the hair. It absorbs the oil from the scalp and the hair and balances the moisture on the scalp so that the hair remains soft for a long time after we use it.
How to use Egg yolk for oily hair
There are many masks that can be made with Egg yolk to be used for hair. To get rid of oily hair, we use Egg yolk with fuller’s earth, an ingredient that can also work in removing excessive oil from the hair.
- Take some egg yolk (About a cup of it) into a bowl.
- Add the fuller’s earth to it and mix the two of them well.
- Apply it over your scalp and the hair and leave it on for about 20 minutes.
- Rinse it off or shampoo after that.
4. Witch Hazel
Witch Hazel, a natural plant extract is an astringent that can help in absorbing the oil off the scalp and keeping the hair dry. Using witch hazel each time you take bath on oily and greasy hair can keep the hair from getting oily quickly.
How to use Witch Hazel for oily hair
Witch Hazel is a liquid that you can to shampoos, conditioners and other hair products. We can alternatively make a hair mask with Witch Hazel that helps in keeping the hair dry. We use Aloe vera gel once again as the base as it can keep the hair from getting oily as well.
- Take some aloe vera gel and add a teaspoon of witch hazel to it.
- Mix the two of them well.
- Apply this paste over your scalp and the hair and leave it on for about 20 minutes.
- Wash it off.
- Using this treatment each time you take bath can keep your hair from getting oily.
5. Lemon water hair wash
Lemon juice is yet another ingredient that is often times used on the hair as well as the skin for its many uses. In this case, we use it for its ph and oil balancing purposes. Washing your hair with lemon water each time you shampoo it can be of great help in keeping oiliness of hair at bay.
How to use lemon for oily hair
There are numerous ways in which we can use lemon juice for the hair – by adding it to our shampoos, conditioners, making a hair mask out of it and other means. We show you how to make a simple hair rinse using lemon water that you can use to wash your hair after your shampoo.
- Take some lemon juice and add water to it to make it very dilute.
- After you shampoo your hair, wash your hair with this lemon water.
- Rinse your hair with warm water once again.
- Using this can make your hair a lot less oily eventually.
6. Baking soda
Baking soda is one ingredient that has been used on the face as well as hair to remove excess pimples for a long time now for its safety and efficacy. Using baking soda can not only keep your hair from getting oily, but it can also keep it free of dandruff and other scalp infections by keeping the Ph balanced.
How to use baking soda for oily hair
We can use baking soda in the form of a mask for good results. However, we may not use it too regularly for it can then dry up the scalp excessively and may result in other side effects. Twice a week for oily hair will be good. Here’s how we make a hair mask of baking soda and apple cider vinegar for removing excessive oiliness from the hair.
- Take some baking soda powder and add apple cider vinegar to it so that the two of them form a paste.
- The paste should be fine, uniform and without any lumps.
- Apply this mask over your hair and scalp and leave it on for about 15 minutes or lesser.
- Wash it off with warm water or shampoo your hair.
7. Oats water hair mask
Along with using oats for the hair, we also use the water that has been used to make the oats as a hair rinse. Not only is it rich in nutrients but it also helps in keeping the oil and the ph of the scalp balanced. It can be used as a hair rinse regularly and that helps keep excessive oiliness at bay.
How to use oats water for oily hair
Making the oats water is the first step you should master before you use it for the hair. After you soak the oats in water and cook them, remove this water by straining the oats away. You can now use this water for hair masks and along with other ingredients. We show you how to use it as a hair wash.
- Use the oats water (which is reasonably dilute) as a hair rinse to wash your hair after you shampoo.
- Wash your hair with water after this.
- Using this oats water each time you shampoo can get rid of oiliness and greasiness.
8. Aloe Vera Gel
Along with all the benefits that aloe vera can render to our hair and the scalp, it can also absorb excessive oil and make it much less greasy. While removing excessive sebum, aloe vera gel does not completely dry up the scalp and keeps it hydrated being a gel. It is also useful in keeping scalp diseases at bay.
How to use Aloe vera gel for oily hair
Using aloe vera gel is easy once you find the pure and unadulterated gel. You can also get the gel directly from a plant by cutting open a stem and squeezing out the gel. We show you a simple means of using it in the form of a hair mask.
- Take the aloe vera gel and apply it over your scalp and strands.
- Leave it on for about 15 to 20 minutes and wash it off.
- Rinse your hair with warm water or shampoo your hair after that.
9. Teas (Black)
Yet another way to effectively get rid of the excess grease in your hair is to use teas in the form of tea powder, black tea or tea leaves. This can absorb the excessive oil on the scalp as well as remove the dead cells and other infectious organisms. Using tea can be safe as well, as it is mild and does not really harm the hair or scalp.
How to use tea for oily hair
Using black tea is one of the easiest ways of getting rid of oily hair. All you have to do is make this tea and use it. We show you how.
- Take some tea powder and add it to boiling ater.
- Continue with the boiling.
- After the water turns black, strain the tea and use the black tea as a wash after you shampoo.
Bananas are commonly used for drying up oily hair and are one of the safest and effective remedies there are. The pulp of bananas absorbs the excess sebum and oil and thereby reduces the greasiness. Along with that, it also maintains the ph and keeps the hair healthy in multiple ways.
How to use bananas for oily hair
We can use bananas as hair masks with many other ingredients. In this case, we show you how to use a banana and honey hair mask for getting rid of oily hair.
- Take the bananas and make a paste out of the pulp.
- To this paste add honey and mix it well.
- Apply this paste all over your scalp and leave it on for about 15 minutes.
- Wash it off after that.
Additional Tips to Prevent Oily/Greasy Hair
Along with all the natural ingredients that you can use to get rid of oily hair, following some other tips can be of great help.
Shampoo more often : Shampooing every alternate day or even everyday can be good for getting rid of excessive oiliness as oil builds up over time and the more days you leave your hair unwashed, the more oily it gets.
Avoid oily foods : More often than not, diet plays an important role in the build-up of oil in the sebaceous glands. This works for hair as well as skin. We would therefore suggest that you avoid eating too much of oily foods to keep your hair from getting oily.
Condition right : Using the right conditioner can do wonders for the hair. Using a conditioner that can remove the excessive oiliness of the hair can be of great help. So pick a great anti-grease conditioner to keep your hair from getting oily.
Eat foods with omega 3 fatty acids : Eating foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids can keep the oil balance of the body intact from the inside out and reduce the oil production of the sebaceous cells. It is therefore a good idea to include these foods in your diet.
Use a clarifying shampoo : A clarifying or a chelating shampoo is known to remove excess oiliness of the hair by drying it up because of the EDTA present in it. Using this kind of a shampoo can be great for people with highly oily hair.
A little bit of care is all that you need to transform your oily hair into shiny and healthy hair. Regular use of these natural remedies for oily hair can definitely be worth it. Do let us know how these ingredients changed your hair after you’ve used them!