Does your hair get greasy just after a day or two of washing it? Chances are you have an oily hair. Oily hair is due to the excessive secretion of our natural oil (sebum) on your scalp.
Various factors that could lead to oily hair include; hormonal changes, genetics, stress, your diet, natural texture of your hair, and poor hair care.
Oil secretion is good for your hair in optimal quantity. However, excessive secretion of oil, on the scalp, good leave you feeling uncomfortable. An oily hair could make you look like you do not groom and care for your hair properly.
Furthermore, increasing your shampoo frequency could actually aggravate you oily hair challenge as the strong chemicals, in the shampoo, may make matters worse.
Below are 24 natural treatments and home remedies to get rid of oily and greasy hair;
Massage hair with diluted lemon juice for 5 minutes. Rinse off with water thereafter. Lemon is rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that keep hair healthy. Furthermore, the acidic nature of lemon helps to stabilize the scalp pH while controlling excess scalp oil secretion.
2. Black Tea
Use black tea to rinse hair after using your regular shampoo. The tannic acids, in black tea, serve as an astringent that prevents excess oil secretion by tightening the scalp pores.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
Use diluted apple cider vinegar to rinse hair after washing hair with a mild shampoo. The acetic acid, in acid cider vinegar, helps to stabilize the pH of the scalp which, in turn, controls the unwanted excess secretion of oil of the scalp and helps reduce oil buildup. Apple cider vinegar works as a good hair tonic that keeps your hair shiny, soft and healthy.
4. Fuller’s Earth
Make a thick paste of fuller’s earth. Massage this paste to your hair and scalp and leave for about 15 minutes. Wash off, thereafter, with lukewarm water.
Fuller’s earth has high absorbent and mineralizing properties that help absorb the excess oil from your hair, stabilize the pH of the scalp. The massaging effect on the scalp helps to improve blood circulation in the scalp.
5. Aloe Vera
Use aloe vera gel with a mild shampoo to wash your oily hair. Aloe vera’s potent enzymes, vitamins, and minerals help reduce the oil in your oily hair as well as control oil secretion to the scalp. Aloe vera also helps to protect the hair from harmful free radicals and impurities.
6. Banana And Honey
Make a paste of mashed or blended banana and honey. Apply this paste to your scalp and hair. Leave for 15 minutes. Rinse off with a mild shampoo. This banana and honey mix is a great hair conditioner that reduces and prevents oily hair challenges.
7. Use Shampoo Made For Oily Hair
When you shop for a shampoo, lookout for the one made for oily hair and purchase those ones. There are numerous pH balanced shampoos that are mild to the scalp and hair and are made for people with oily hair.
8. Wash Hair Thoroughly
When washing or shampooing your hair, ensure you wash it thoroughly. This is because any leftover dirt or impurity on the hair would attract more oil and dirt buildup. Also, ensure there is no leftover soap or shampoo residue after washing your hair as this residue could lead to oil and dirt accumulation.
9. Avoid Excessive Brushing Of The Hair
Excessive brushing of the hair would stimulate overproduction of oil from the hair roots. Also, hair oil would be distributed from the scalp to the hair anytime you brush your hair.
10. Baking Soda
Massage baking soda paste to your damp hair for about 5 minutes. Rinse off, with lukewarm water, thereafter. Baking soda has alkaline and oil-absorbing properties that help reduce the oil in your hair while balancing the scalp pH and reducing foul smell from your hair.
11. Diluted Vodka
Wash hair with shampoo. Then, rinse with vodka diluted with water. Leave hair for 10 minutes before rinsing off with cold water. Vodka is a good hair tonic that balances the hair pH and closes the pores. Thus, reducing excessive hair secretion.
12. Raw Egg
Massage whisked raw egg to your hair and scalp. Leave on hair for about 15 minutes. Then, wash off, with a mild shampoo thereafter. Raw eggs have very potent hair conditioning abilities that make them great for oily hair treatment. Furthermore, the protein nature of eggs helps to strengthen the hair.
Apply tomato juice to hair and scalp. Cover hair with shower cap and leave for 15 minutes. Rinse off, thereafter, with lukewarm water. Tomato’s acidic nature helps remove any foul smell from the hair as well as controlling the oil secretion of the scalp due to tomato’s ability to balance the pH level of the scalp.
14. Henna And Yogurt
Give your hair the henna and yogurt treatment to reduce hair greasy nature. Apply a pasty mixture of henna and yogurt to hair. Leave for 10 minutes before rinsing off. Henna has a drying effect on the hair while the yogurt helps to strengthen the hair and serves as a good probiotic for the hair.
15. Avoid Oily Foods
Avoid eating oily foods as they could contribute to your oily hair challenge. Stay away from deep fried foods and fast foods as they could worsen the greasy nature of your hair. Instead, eat healthy foods such as avocado, pear, almond, and nuts. Also, drink fresh fruit juice and stay away from processed and fizzy drinks.
Apply warm oatmeal paste to hair and scalp. Leave for 15 minutes. Wash off thereafter. Oatmeal has a thick consistency that helps to absorb excess grease and oil from your scalp and hair. Oatmeal is also great for soothing itchy scalps.
Shampoo hair with mild shampoo. Then, rinse hair with rosemary tea. To make rosemary tea, boil and steep dried rosemary. The steeped liquid is the rosemary tea. This tea would help to reduce the oily nature of your hair.
18. Witch Hazel
Dip a cotton wool ball into diluted witch hazel oil and dab this oil to hair scalp. This helps to soothe the scalp and regulate the greasiness nature of the hair. However, note that witch hazel oil is medicated in nature. Consult a specialist before using it.
19. Let Your Hair breathe
Let your hair breathe. Don’t always knot it up in ponytail style or other styles that tighten the hair. Tight hairstyles stimulate the hair roots a lot. Thus, causing them to produce more oil. Sometimes, you should just let your hair loose.
20. Stay Hydrated
Ensure you drink a lot of water and stay hydrated. This would ensure an all-rounded healthy scalp and hair texture.
21. Shampoo Hair After Sweating
Ensure you shampoo your hair after exercise or after sweating heavily to get rid of dirt, impurities, and grease from your hair and scalp.
Use diluted beer to rinse your oily hair. The beer helps to strip the hair from its excess greasiness while still leaving the hair’s natural shine. Beer is also a good hair conditioner.
23. Mint Tea
Rinse damp hair with mint tea. You could also mix mint tea and your mild shampoo together before washing hair and scalp with them. Mint tea has astringent properties that help in reducing hair and scalp greasiness.
24. Herbal Shampoos
Go for shampoos of the herbal variety such as chamomile or yarrow. Herbal shampoos tend to have drying effect on the hair that is not harsh.
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