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If you have oily hair then it can be very frustrating trying to find ways to deal with it. The first thing you need to do is to choose the right shampoo. Use a shampoo that has a liquid consistency instead of one that has a cream consistency. Start using a good clarifying shampoo at least once a week to ensure that you get rid of any build-up of styling products on your scalp. Also try to use a hair conditioner on your hair at least once a week. Invest in a good dry shampoo powder than can save you an extra day or two of shampooing.
If you don't see some positive results from the shampoo you are using to treat oily hair, then don't repurchase it. Instead try another shampoo that is designed to treat oily hair.
Don't use a cream based shampoo, instead try to only use a shampoo that has a liquid type of consistency.
1. Double Cleanse Your Hair If You Have Oily Hair
When you get your hair done professionally at a hair salon, they double cleanse your hair and then condition it. When it comes to washing your hair at home, you need to follow the same steps.
Before you start washing your hair, you need to brush your hair from roots to tip to remove any loose or dead hair from your scalp.
The first time you wash your hair you are removing grease and dirt that has build-up on your roots. The second time you wash your hair, you are actually finishing the cleansing process to remove any excess dirt still remaining on your hair. When you wash your hair, always try to focus on the roots at the top, back and sides of your head as this is where grease and dirt builds up. In the second cleanse let the shampoo sit at your hair roots for at least one minute before you rinse it.
As you are washing your hair, the shampoo suds will spread from your scalp to the hair strands which gives this area a quick cleanse. Don’t scrub your hair strands, just massage the hair as the lather falling from your scalp will help wash it.
Try to focus on your roots as this is where the dirt is. The hair strands will get washed when you rinse your roots with water to remove the shampoo.
Always use the pads of your fingers on your scalp, not your nails when you are washing your hair.
8 of the Best Types of Shampoo for Oily Hair
Klorane Nettle Shampoo 200ml / 2 fl oz
Vichy Dercos Ultra Soothing Shampoo for Oily Hair 200ml / 2 fl oz
Bumble and Bumble Sunday Shampoo 100ml / 8.5 fl oz
Faith in Nature Rosemary Shampoo 400ml / 13.5 fl oz
Neutrogena T-Gel for Oily Scalp 250ml / 8.8 oz
OGX Tea Tree Mint Shampoo 385ml / 13 fl oz
Kevin Murphy Maxi Wash Shampoo 250ml / 8.4 fl oz
L’oreal Professional Serie Pure Resource Shampoo 300ml / 10 fl oz
Oily hair is due to the production of excess sebum which is a natural oil produced by the sebaceous glands in your scalp.
2. Use a Clarifying Shampoo for Oily Hair
You should try to use a clarifying shampoo two to three times a month. If you use a lot of different styling products in your hair like leave-in conditioner, dry shampoo, hair mousse, hair spray or heat protection spray, then there will be a build-up of product at your roots. This is what a clarifying shampoo was created for.
Learn what brand of clarifying shampoo works for your hair type. If your hair gets too dry from one type of shampoo; reduce how often you use it or change brands. A clarifying shampoo can really dry out your hair so only use it a couple of times a month.
The aim of a good clarifying shampoo is to thoroughly cleanse your hair scalp of all styling products.
6 Clarifying Shampoo Brands for Oily Hair
R+Co Oblivion Clarifying Shampoo 127ml/ 6 fl oz
Paul Mitchel Clarifying Shampoo Two 500ml / 16.9 fl oz
Neutrogena Anti Residue Shampoo 175ml / 6 fl oz
Oribe The Cleanse Clarifying Shampoo 200ml / 7 fl oz
Virtue Refresh Purifying Shampoo 120ml / 4 fl oz
Therapie Boost Hair & Body Wash 100ml / 3.5 fl oz
3. Using a Conditioner on Oily Hair
If your hair is oily then don’t use hair oil on your hair. The purpose of hair oil is to increase hydration in your hair and add moisture to your hair. If you already have oily hair then you don’t need extra hydration or moisture because it's already oily. Hair oils suit individuals who bleach or dye their hair and those who have curly hair or dry ends from using hair tools for styling their hair.
If you are using a shampoo for oily hair then the side effect of this type of shampoo could be that it dries out your hair and your ends. If you are also using hot styling tools on a regular basis then this will also dry out your hair. So it is important that you get into the habit of using a conditioner on your hair strands but not your scalp at least once a week. Try using a hydrating conditioner to help keep your locks from drying out.
Using a clarifying shampoo helps to remove any buildup of product in your hair which is caused by frequent use of styling products in your hair.
How to Style Your Hair If It's Oily
Drying your Hair
Once you have washed your hair, wrap your hair in a hair turban or in a towel. Do not rub your hair with a towel as this will damage your hair strands. If you have the time just put a towel on your shoulders and let your hair semi dry till it stops dripping. Then start styling your hair.
Using a Hair Dryer
When it comes to using your hairdryer, use the low heat setting with the low speed setting to dry it. Using the high speed and heat setting on your hairdryer can dry your hair out very quickly but also as we know, too much heat can damage your hair in the long run. You use the high heat towards the end after your hair is 80% dry to help you set the style you want on your hair using a round brush or a paddle brush.
4. Dry Shampoo Powder
Some people with oily hair might find that the aerosol dry shampoo does not work too well on their hair type. While the aerosol dry shampoos are handy, if they make your hair look like there is more oil in it after using them, then try using a dry shampoo powder instead.
There isn't a large range of dry shampoo powders out there so finding one that works well on your hair type will be trial and error. But unlike with an aerosol dry shampoo, some people might find that the powder is easier to distribute onto your hair.
Applying Dry Shampoo Powder
You will need a comb so you can apply the dry shampoo powder to the hair segments that are oily. Using a comb also makes it easier to divide your hair up into parts.
Once you have applied the powder to all the parts of your hair that are oily rub these areas with the tips of your fingers to help distribute the powder evenly around your scalp. When your roots no longer look greasy, brush your hair and style as normal.
If you need to do your whole head, then apply the powder to your hair like you would apply hair dye. Using a comb separate your hair into one inch parts starting above your left ear. Shake the powder into each segment close to the roots. Repeat this process and technique all the way to the top of your head until you have reached the hair line above the right ear. Then follow the same process and work back from the crown of your head to the back of your neck if there are areas here that are oily too.
5 Brands of Dry Shampoo Powder That Suit Oily Hair
Bumble and Bumble Pret a Powder 56g / 2 fl oz
Redken Dry Shampoo Powder 60 g / 2.1 fl oz
Verb Dry Shampoo 56g/ 2 fl oz
Acure Dry Shampoo 48 g / 1.7 fl oz
R+Co Skyline Dry Shampoo Powder 57g / 1 fl oz
Hair Brushes for Oily Hair
There are two types of brushes that are really good but each one has a different purpose.
Brush One: The Flexi Brush
The aim of this hair brush is to help distribute the hot air from the hair dryer evenly throughout the hair when you are drying it. It also increases the speed it takes to dry your hair. This brush is not really a styling brush but it helps dry your hair and give it some volume. You use this brush until your hair is about 80% dry then you switch over to your round bristle brush or paddle brush.
Brush Two: A Boar Brush
One of the reasons that this type of hair brush is recommended for using on your hair is that it helps to spread the natural oils evenly throughout your hair. It is also gentle on the hair strands and helps to reduce electricity that occurs when your hair is really dry. You can use it on wet hair if you don't have a large tooth comb or wet brush.
Trying to reduce the number of times you have to wash your hair because it is oily will be a challenge but if you can get it to twice a week, it is better than every day.
It will be trial and error when it comes to testing different shampoos and dry shampoo powders because some of these products might not work the same for everyone. That's why you always need to get products specifically designed for your hair type.
If possible try using the trial sizes of the shampoos and dry shampoo powders first before committing to a full size products to avoid wasting money on something that might not work.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Sp Greaney
Sp Greaney (author) from Ireland on September 11, 2020:
@MG Singh emge, thank you. It's one of those hair issues we all have to deal with at some point.
MG Singh emge from Singapore on September 11, 2020:
An interesting article and my GF liked it also.
Sp Greaney (author) from Ireland on September 10, 2020:
@Andrienne, thanks. That's a great tip about the bubble gum. I had not heard that before. Yes, clarifying shampoo is so much better than regular shampoo.
Adrienne Farricelli on September 09, 2020:
Good read. I once used a clarifying shampoo to remove bubble gum from my hair and it worked great. I can see how it would work well for oily hair.
Sp Greaney (author) from Ireland on June 04, 2020:
@ Eurofile, its a good habit to have adopted. :) I also do it and more of us should do it.
Liz Westwood from UK on June 03, 2020:
I was especially interested in your tip about double cleansing. I always do this, but couldn't explain why, other than out of habit.
Sp Greaney (author) from Ireland on June 02, 2020:
@Chitrangada Sharan, thank you. I think some people just escape having this issue. Having a good haircare system in place helps to keep it under control.
@Louise Powles, thanks for commenting. Yes, it's one of those things many of us can't escape.
Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on June 02, 2020:
Thanks for the advice. I have oily hair, so this was really useful to read, thankyou. :)
Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on June 02, 2020:
A well written article, giving all the relevant information about the oily haircare.
I didn’t know so much about this, since I have normal hair. But, I believe it needs lot of look after and efforts, to manage both oily and dry hair type. Passing this article, to some of my friends.
Thanks for sharing, this useful information.