5 Remedies for Oily Hair

By ~Brandy~ - 8:25 AM

Oily hair can be quite the nuisance especially if you just washed your hair yesterday. There can be many reasons why you have oily hair which I will share in this post.

There are ways that you can combat oily and I have 5 remedies that have worked for me personally.






5 Remedies for Oily Hair

1. Sulfate Free Shampoo- Sulfates are harsh detergents that strip the oils right out, you need those oils to keep your strands healthy. Sulfate free cleans your hair without stripping all the oils.

2. Lemon juice- This has vital vitamins and minerals that promote healthy hair and it can also help keep excessive oiliness at bay. Squeeze out the juice from one small lemon, dilute it with a cup of water, mix well and apply to your scalp. Leave it on for a few minutes and then rinse with warm water and a mild shampoo. The lemon juice is also an effective way of getting rid of shampoo buildup on your hair.

3. Tea Rinse-Tea contains an astringent substance called tannic acid; this helps to prevent the buildup of excessive oil on the scalp by tightening the pores. Dip a tea bag in some warm water and apply the resulting tea to your scalp. Leave on for a few minutes and then rinse out with a mild shampoo.

4. Apple cider vinegar -this also has an astringent effect that helps to reduce the oil buildup on hair. Dilute about one-fourth cup of apple cider vinegar to a litre of water; pour this liquid into a spray bottle and spray on your hair. Leave on for a few minutes and then rinse the vinegar out with some warm water.

5. Limit Hair Washings- Try limiting how often you wash your hair. I know this sounds counter productive, but wash only once to twice a week. This gives your scalp a chance to regulate itself from all the stripping, adding, stripping, adding of artificial oils in conditioner. Just like our internal organs need a break, our outer organ {skin} needs a break too.

While in between washes you may {ok, you probably will} experience an oil slick effect. Don't fret, this is natural. Your body has to regulate its sebum production after all the abuse it has gone through. It may take a couple weeks, maybe longer to regulate. Just apply some cornstarch to the roots of your hair and rub in. Brush through to distribute if needed. Eventually it will regulate and the oil will be less.

Now, you may still have a bit of oily hair if this hair type is inherited, but it shouldn't be to the extreme. Applying cornstarch will help soak up the extra oils.
Just remember, you get out of your hair what you put into your body. Think about your diet...if it's high in fats and sugar, your hair will reflect that. Try a low glycemic and low sugar diet and see if this doesn't improve the health of your hair....

You ever hear the saying....You are what you eat.....Well, it's true....


Here are some other reasons you might have oily hair:

Hormones:  If hormones are imbalanced, which usually happens {unfortunately} during puberty and pregnancy, hormone levels can make the sebaceous glands produce more sebum than they’re supposed to. Once hormones are balanced again the production of sebum will slow down.
Illness:  Different illnesses can affect sebum production. Diseases and disorders that affect the pituitary or adrenal gland, tend to increase sebum production. Also, any disorders that affect the ovaries will have the same effect.
Shampoo/Conditioner: You could be using a shampoo that isn't right for your hair type, which usually will mess up the way your scalp responds. Only use dry and brittle shampoo and conditioners if your hair is in fact dry and brittle. Also, using non-sulfate shampoos will help slow down the oil producing process, as the sulfates strip your scalp and follicles of all oil. Once all that oil is gone, the follicle will produce extra oil to replace what was lost. Your hair needs some oils to be healthy....
Heredity: The genes you were born with play apart in how your hair will look and the way it produces sebum. There is no way to change the genetic make up you were born with.

  • Share:

You Might Also Like

22 comments

  1. What unique and cool ideas for oily hair! I don't really suffer from oily hair. I guess I suffer more from just lifeless and FINE hair. I have kind of learned to live with it, although at times it drives me batty! lol!

    ReplyDelete
  2. This is great advice I’m going to start this right now for my hairs.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Good tips! But doesn't lemon juice, even when diluted, make you photosensitive? I would make sure to wear a scalp sunscreen or a hat when I'm outside for at least 24 hours after using the lemon juice or risk sun damage.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I believe it would only make you photosensitive if you left it on your hair. In the directions you are washing it out with a mild shampoo and then conditioning it. It is very similar to using the Apple Cider Vinegar.

      Delete
  4. Love this. I am very sensitive about my hair. But I use serum, shampoo from a good company and a product from Loreal to use in the scalp.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I would love to know which products you use!

      Delete
  5. Limiting the number of hair washes really helped me! Great ideas! :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you! I only wash my hair 2x a week and I can sometimes get away with just 1 washing!

      Delete
  6. I had no idea that Lemon juice helps. I struggle with this.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Excellent advice! I have definitely tried the "limiting washings" tip. While counter-intuitive it totally works!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes it sounds very counter-intuitive but it really is amazing for your hair. The more we wash it, the more we strip the natural oils off the hair shaft that it needs!

      Delete
  8. I have dry hair but I can definitely share these remedies for oily hair with some of my friends who can benefit! Lavern Moore

    ReplyDelete
  9. I have oily hair and i hate it!!! I never tried any remedies but will try yours. Thank you so much, hope these help.

    ReplyDelete
  10. I have been trying to not wash my hair as often. I am trying to heal it so to speak.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes too much washing can damage hair- so giving it a break will definitely heal your hair!

      Delete
  11. Great tips!!! I try not to wash my hair but a few days a week!

    ReplyDelete
  12. My sister have this kind of hair issue and I am sure these are the best tips for her to try it. I will definitely share this with her.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you- I hope that some of these will help her!

      Delete
  13. Thank you much for sharing this article about how to solve oily hair problems, this is really helpful for me. I'll try one of them soon.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Thanks for sharing these nice hair care tips! It will be helpful to many who are searching for inspiration.

    ReplyDelete
  15. I don't have much of oily hair, it is pretty decent. But, I share these with friends who do. They will find relief!

    ReplyDelete
  16. I can atest to washing the hair at limited times a week. It really helps the hair and scalp to get back to order. And also, I've done an ACV rinse and it also helps with an itchy scalp.

    ReplyDelete