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Cut the Grease: Natural Remedies for Oily Hair

Cut the Grease:
Natural Remedies for Oily Hair

If you have oily hair, you don't have to give in to the flat and greasy look. Here are some natural ways to have healthy, shiny hair:
  • Shampoo frequently. It's safe to wash oily hair every day, especially if it's hot and humid where you live. Choose a clear shampoo—they tend to have fewer chemicals in them and clean your hair without leaving a filmy residue. While you shampoo, massage your scalp with your fingertips. If you have excessively oily hair, shampoo twice. Leave the shampoo on your scalp a few minutes before rinsing.
  • Skip the conditioner. If you have oily hair that tends to flatten out, do not condition it (think of all the money you'll save!). If you've just gotta have that conditioned-hair feeling, choose a product that is oil-free. Only apply the conditioner to the ends of your hair—avoid the roots.
  • Try an astringent. A natural astringent such as witch hazel may help slow down the oil production of the sebaceous glands in your scalp. For a minty fresh feeling, mix witch hazel with mouthwash and apply it to your scalp with a cottonball. If your hair is very oily, you can apply this homemade astringent each time you shampoo.
  • Avoid brushing. Try not to brush your hair too much and avoid scalp massages. Brushing and massaging hair carries oil from the scalp to the ends of the hair.
  • Add body when you dry. Bend over and brush your hair over your head or use a brush to lift hair up at the roots. This trick adds fullness to limp, oily hair. It works whether you blow it dry or let your hair dry naturally.
  • Add a rinse to your routine. Rinse your hair with the juice of a lemon mixed with distilled water. Or try mixing a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a cup of water as a finishing rinse. It helps remove the soap residue that weighs down oily hair.
  • Set hair with beer. Believe it or not, beer is a very good setting lotion and it makes hair look healthy and shiny. Spray a little beer into your hair using a pump bottle after shampooing, but before you dry and style your hair. You can store the beer for a week or two if you keep it in a sealed bottle in the refrigerator. back to top
Last Modified Date: 3/16/2001
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