10 Home Remedies for Oily Hair

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10 Home Remedies for Oily Hair

Healthy hair needs oil, as it limits breakages, promotes sheen and maintains scalp condition. However, having excessively oily hair can be extremely frustrating—it quickly starts to look dirty and lank, undermining an otherwise polished appearance. Unfortunately, you can’t change some of the factors that predispose you to oily hair, such as having parents with oily hair or having particularly fine hair.

The good news is that even if you’ve been dealt an unlucky hand, there are some great home remedies that treat oily hair. Here are ten of the best.

1. Make a henna powder paste

Henna powder not only helps to reduce oil production but also promotes glossier looking hair. Try mixing 3tbsp with 1 cup of water, and stir it together until a paste forms. This paste can be applied all over the hair and scalp, and should be left to dry before you rinse it off with warm water.

2. Try an apple cider vinegar soak

Apple cider vinegar is a versatile staple in the home remedy cabinet, and it can be used to reduce shampoo buildup that might encourage oily hair. Add about a quarter cup of apple cider vinegar to a basin of water, then bend forward and soak your hair in the basin before rinsing with warm water. However, avoid bending backwards into the basin, as this can in rare cases cause carotid artery dissection—one of the leading causes of strokes in younger people.

3. Use aloe vera gel

Aloe vera gel is famously effective at soothing irritated skin, but it’s also an effective treatment for oily hair. Simply add 1tsp of aloe vera gel and 1tbsp of lemon juice to a cup of your regular shampoo, and stir the mixture together until combined. You can shampoo your hair with this treatment, but you’ll get the best results if you wait 3-5 minutes before rinsing it off.

4. Reduce brushing

Repeated brushing encourages oil to spread throughout your hair, quickly leaving it looking stringy or unclean. Try to resist the urge to brush, except when you’re styling your hair or have had to battle though a particularly vicious wind!

5. Absorb oil with baking soda

You might know that baking soda can be used to make facial treatments that combat oily, acne-prone skin. Well, it can be used to improve oily hair in much the same way. If you mix 3tsp of baking soda with a splash of water, you’ll get a paste that can be carefully rubbed into the skin of the scalp and left to soak in for 10-15 minutes (where it will absorb oil).

6. Test the pH of your shampoos

If you have a range of different shampoos in your cupboard and you’re wondering which one is the best choice, get some pH strips and test the shampoos to find out which has the highest pH. Normal hair thrives when washed with a pH no lower than 4.5 and no higher than 6.7, but oily hair needs a shampoo that’s more alkaline in nature. Anything over 6.7 will be more effective at getting through grease.

7. Rinse with lemon juice

Once oily hair has been washed, an acidic rinse will be most effective at preventing further oil. Be sure to dilute the lemon juice by squeezing a single lemon into a cup of water, and then pour it all over your hair. Rinse it off with warm water, and you should see an improvement that day. You can also add 3tsp of honey to this mixture to create a hair mask that can be applied to the hair for 3-5 minutes.

8. Try a tea treatment

The tannic acid found in tea makes it fantastic at drying out oily hair. Brewing tea with fresh, loose leaf tea will get the best results. Just wait for the tea to cool, and then massage it into your hair and scalp. Rinse it off after 3-5 minutes, and then shampoo with your product of choice.

9. Rinse with beer

If you have a beer that you don’t particularly like, pouring it over your oily hair could well leave you with more manageable tresses. As with the lemon juice rinse, you merely need to make sure it coats your hair and then gently wash it off with wash water. Any kind of alcohol will have a similar effect, but the percentage in beer tends to be most conducive to healthy hair.

10. Turn to oatmeal

Finally, it’s also worth considering oatmeal as an affordable and effective home remedy. It is thick and absorbent, so it can easily remove unwanted oil from the hair and scalp. Wait until prepared oatmeal has cooled down, then apply it like a mask and leave it on your head for 10-15 minutes. Rinse it off with warm water, and then shampoo as normal.