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How to Fix Greasy Hair

Greasy Girl: Four Tips For Fixing Oily Hair

Looking for a greasy hair fix? Whether it's from hormones, stress, genetics, or a scalp gunked up by product overuse, oily hair and scalps need special assistance, so I've put together some tips to help you help yourself. To cut the grease, just keep reading.

  1. One cheap preventive measure: Use a shampoo with tea tree oil, like Jason Scalp Normalizing Tea Tree Shampoo ($7.50). Just as it does on the rest of your skin, tea tree will help cut down on oiliness without drying your scalp out. Bonus: It also gives you a fresh, clean-feeling tingle.
  2. Epsom salts ($6) are great for just about everything that ails you, according to my dad, who loves weird-sounding, old-timey remedies. He's right about this for oily hair, though. Dissolve one half cup of salts into three cups of lukewarm water and use the soak as a deep-cleaning pre-shampoo rinse. So cheap and yet so effective. They're advertised for use as a "gentle laxative," but this claim remains very happily untested. For more epsom salt uses, read my story here.
  3. Use a little dry shampoo — sparingly — on your roots. Dry shampoo has made a big comeback lately, but it can weigh your hair down like any product, so just make sure you use something light, preferably an aerosol like Batiste ($6), which also comes in a bunch of scents. Brush it out like there's no tomorrow.
  4. If you're in a really terrible situation and you need it de-oiled fast, there's always bathroom paper towels. Part your hair in four to six different places along the top of your head and tuck a sheet of paper towel in the same way you would a highlighting foil. Use a brush or another piece of paper towel (not your fingers; that'll just make it worse) to press down so that the oil gets absorbed. Do this for about two minutes. A perfect solution? Far from it. But at least you won't look greasy.

Photo by Flickr user abulic_monkey

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Ladytron7000 Ladytron7000 6 years
ponytails. and no conditioner on the scalp.
SalescoopCat SalescoopCat 6 years
There's only one good solution to fixing a head full of oily hair-- wash it! I know there are temporary solutions like baby powder and dry shampoo, but that only masks the grease for a few hours-- hit the showers!
sonic sonic 6 years
I rip a piece of toilet seat cover (or take a blotting sheet) and rub it in my bangs when they get greasy, works really well.
erinalise erinalise 6 years
baby powder is good too!!! i use it when i have no means of washing my hair!
Frenched Frenched 6 years
I did not know that about the toilet paper. I guess it's a good last-resort solution, HAHA.
jnel jnel 6 years
for oily, flaky scalp the "tea tree calming" shampoo and conditioner by Nature's Gate works very well for me
Sarahrob Sarahrob 6 years
@melanie-what do u use for conditioner if you don't use the TT conditioner??
Merlin713 Merlin713 6 years
My hair used to be like yours, Yogaforlife, but something changed and it just quit with the grease. I can wake up in the morning and wear my hair that way if I wanted to...but I don't. I have a ton of baby fine hair and it has to be washed if I want to do anything 'new' with it that day.
Asche Asche 6 years
@candy rain: When you say you wash once a week, does your hair remain dry during that time, or do you get it wet but just not shampoo? I know it sounds silly, but I've just never known :)
candy-rain candy-rain 6 years
@Yogaforlife, if you wash your hair every day, you dry it out, and to compensate for that, your hair produces more oil. That's why it's a bad idea for people w/oily hair to wash it every day - it actually makes it worse, weird as that sounds!I wash my hair only once a week, and it stays just as bouncy and clean as second-day hair. Style-wise, I only have to touch it up maybe twice a week. However, I have thick hair - which probably makes a big difference - and I'm extremely careful to only use product on my ends.
candy-rain candy-rain 6 years
@Yogaforlife, if you wash your hair every day, you dry it out, and to compensate for that, your hair produces more oil. That's why it's a bad idea for people w/oily hair to wash it every day - it actually makes it worse, weird as that sounds! I wash my hair only once a week, and it stays just as bouncy and clean as second-day hair. Style-wise, I only have to touch it up maybe twice a week. However, I have thick hair - which probably makes a big difference - and I'm extremely careful to only use product on my ends.
Asche Asche 6 years
@Yogaforlife: I'm the same way. I have to wash everyday, otherwise my hair is nasty: greasy, smelly, limp...the works!I tried the not washing except for every few days thing after reading an interview with Sally Herschberger. She tells her clients only to wash once a week. I didn't know (and frankly still don't know) if this meant just wash from the neck down, or wash your hair but just don't shampoo and condition. Regardless, after a few days I was miserable. I've since come to learn that my oiliness is hormonal, so not washing my hair has no affect. If your oiliness gets out of control, it could be a result of an underlying issue. You may want to consult with your doctor about possibly having a hormonal imbalance, whether it's thyroid or other.
Asche Asche 6 years
@Yogaforlife: I'm the same way. I have to wash everyday, otherwise my hair is nasty: greasy, smelly, limp...the works! I tried the not washing except for every few days thing after reading an interview with Sally Herschberger. She tells her clients only to wash once a week. I didn't know (and frankly still don't know) if this meant just wash from the neck down, or wash your hair but just don't shampoo and condition. Regardless, after a few days I was miserable. I've since come to learn that my oiliness is hormonal, so not washing my hair has no affect. If your oiliness gets out of control, it could be a result of an underlying issue. You may want to consult with your doctor about possibly having a hormonal imbalance, whether it's thyroid or other.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 6 years
I have thin, baby fine limp hair. It is impossible to style unless it is freshly washed and blown dry into the style. I have tried to only wash it every other day but it looks so greasy at the roots by the next morning and it's impossible to do anything with it. And since it's short, it's not like I can pull it back when it's being so limp and greasy looking, besides when it was long it would just slide right out of a ponytail. Because of the daily washing, my hair color barely lasts 8 weeks and often looks shades lighter within a month. I've heard that if you drastically reduce the frequency of washing (think less than once a week) that your scalp reaches an equilibrium and produces almost no oil and that you don't need to wash your hair quite so often. I'm not sure that would work for me or that I could get past the third day with a stinky, itchy scalp.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 6 years
I have thin, baby fine limp hair. It is impossible to style unless it is freshly washed and blown dry into the style. I have tried to only wash it every other day but it looks so greasy at the roots by the next morning and it's impossible to do anything with it. And since it's short, it's not like I can pull it back when it's being so limp and greasy looking, besides when it was long it would just slide right out of a ponytail. Because of the daily washing, my hair color barely lasts 8 weeks and often looks shades lighter within a month. I've heard that if you drastically reduce the frequency of washing (think less than once a week) that your scalp reaches an equilibrium and produces almost no oil and that you don't need to wash your hair quite so often. I'm not sure that would work for me or that I could get past the third day with a stinky, itchy scalp.
hottpink hottpink 6 years
I know that shampooing everyday isn't good for your hair but my hair gets so greasy by the next day that I have to wash every morning. I'll definitely have to try one of these. Also, if you just rinse your hair without shampoo does that really count as washing? LoL
chakra_healer chakra_healer 6 years
I have oily scalp and dry hair, so I have to cover my ends with a light conditioner and then part my hair and shampoo my scalp in sections. Jason's has great products, but I prefer Aubrey Organics Tea Tree shampoo because it feels moisturizing.
Melanie1022 Melanie1022 6 years
Oh, BTW, avoid the Jason TT conditioner at all costs. Terrible.
Melanie1022 Melanie1022 6 years
The Jason TT shampoo worked great on my hair. It was so bad that by the time I got to work everyday, it looked like I was coming straight from the gym. It took about three washes to clear it up. You just have to make sure to follow the directions, you have to lather rinse repeat. I don't know why, but it doesnt' work otherwise.
Chrstne Chrstne 6 years
My hair is normal, but if I put too much product near my roots, all hope is lost and my hair looks all greasy and nasty. I am so thankful I don't have oily hair.
skigurl skigurl 6 years
that picture grosses me out
skigurl skigurl 6 years
that picture grosses me out
DeppObsession DeppObsession 6 years
that's a horrible pic lol .. mm the epsom salts sound interesting. My hairstyle lasts for 3 days, volume and shine. Then it just becomes really dry and oily at my roots. Sucks having oily hair.
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