Oily and Greasy Hair Tips

Updated: Jun 15, 2019


Oily and Greasy Hair Treatment (Skyn Stories by Dr Meenu Sethi)


You wake up with an oily scalp, so you wash your hair to remove the grease. The body’s natural reaction is to replace the lost natural oil, as a result your scalp produces more oil and your problem become eviler. This is a vicious cycle and is a havoc for beauty regime. Hair roots come with sebaceous glands, which secrete an oily substance called sebum. This sebum is important to keep the hair healthy and smooth, it also keeps the hair from excessive drying and breaking. But in some cases, oil production seems to hit overdrive and excessive sebum production can cause oily hair. Oily hair can make your hair look dirty and stringy even though you wash your hair regularly. They are more evident in blonde and lighter hair colors than darker hair colors.


Symptoms of Oily Hair

  • Progressive thinning of hair or hair loss

  • Itchiness of the scalp

  • Formation of greasy dandruff

  • Excess sebum production


Causes of Oily Hair

  • Improper hair care and stress

  • Hormones - Hormonal fluctuation in women due to the use of birth control pills or menstrual cycle can cause oily hair.

  • Heredity - Most people have oily hair because their parents have oily hair. Thus, the cause can be hereditary.

  • Thin Hair - There is less surface area of hair for the oils produced by the scalp to spread over, which make your hair look greasier than coarse hair.

  • Skin Conditions - Psoriasis and Seborrheic dermatitis can both be associated with excessive sebum production.

Home Remedies to Control Greasy Hair

If you are exasperated with your hair that is just too oily, then here are some tips to combat your oily hair problem.


  • Wash It - Although oily scalp needs to be washed more frequently, but you don’t have to wash it every other day. In fact, it will stimulate the sebaceous glands, giving you more oil. Cleanse the scalp rather than the hair and go for lathering shampoos without harsh sulfates. Remember to rinse for a minimum of 30 seconds as sometimes, greasy hair is actually shampoo or conditioner that has not been washed properly.

  • Use Dry Shampoo - Dry shampoo or baby powder remove odors in your hair and suck up the grease from the over-production of oil. So, rub dry shampoo into your roots for quick oil absorbing during the day. Avoid aerosols as they can be highly inflammable.

  • Right Conditioning - You must have heard many times to skip the conditioner to get rid of an oily scalp, but you really don’t have to do that. Just make sure that you keep it off the scalp and it is rinsed properly.

  • Use Cold Water - Wash your hair with cold water after you are done with shampooing as hot water can stimulate the glands that produce sebum. Instead, cold water will help close your cuticle and reduce hair damage.

  • Avoid Touching Your Hair - The more you touch your hair, the more oil you produce and that grease become more noticeable. Don’t touch your hair with fingers covered in makeup and pin your hair back before applying makeup.

  • Brushing Care - Not brushing your hair keep the natural oils from being distributed and they just build up on the scalp. On the other hand, over brushing can stimulate oil production. So, brush your hair with a boar bristle brush twice a day to help distribute the sebum down the hair shaft, giving you soft and shiny hair.

  • Use a Hair Dryer Moderately - The hot air from the dryer can stimulate oil production faster, so let your hair dry naturally or keep the heat at the bare minimum.

  • Off Your Forehead - Your forehead could be an oily area, which might transfer oil to the hair. So, clip your hair off your face to ensure that it doesn’t absorb the oils from your skin.

  • Avoid Serum and Gels - Oily hair has a natural shine and thick serum can aggravate already greasy-looking hair. Gel and mousses can also leave significant build-up. Avoid products with silicone ingredient as it can coat the hair and attract both oil and dirt, making hair look oily and droopy. Look for products with volumizing properties as they tend to contain less oil.

  • Stay Hydrated - Drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated all time. It will help you in flushing out toxins from your body. Avoid oily and greasy food as they can aggravate your problem. Take lots of protein from olive oils, nuts and fish.

  • Avoid Stress - Stress can cause hormonal imbalance that can lead to the production of oil in your skin and hair. Regular practice of exercise and yoga can help to relieve stress, tension, and anxiety.


If not treated on time, oily hair can cause problems like hair loss and acne. Visit your dermatologist if you do not see any positive results. As sebaceous glands vary from person to person, a dermatologist can help you find the best treatment options for your scalp.


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